Post 101: Vladivostok Iron Tigers
Well,.. it's happened,.. this morning (Monday 14th July) we made contact with 'Max' of the Vladiostok Iron Tigers Motorcycle Club. He arrived at our hotel on his rather splendid customised CBR Blackbird.
We're booked into the Hotel Vladivostok until Tuesday morning, ... but after that time we'll hopefully be holed-up at the iron Tiger Club House.
Later today we're meeting Yuri who will hopefully enlighten us as to the best way out of Vladivostok, ... hopefully to Alaska, .... maybe Vancouver or Seattle, ... possibly San Fran, ... but definately somewhere in North America.
Update: We've met with Yuri and it seems that our best option is to ship the bikes directly to Seattle, Washington. Unfortunately we need a full container as they wont take LCL (Lees then Container Load). This will exhaust our 'Logistics Budget' at $2,500 each. We're hoping that a pair of Brazilan riders a few days behind us on the Amur Highway will be willing to share the container and cost. If so, then we have 5 weeks to kill as cheaply as possible.
We're moving out of the Hotel Vladivostok tomorrow, Tuesday 15th July and moving into the 'Clubhouse' of the Iron Tigers MC, .... so at least we'll save money that way. We will give our decision to 'Fly' or 'Sail' to our shipping agent Yuri tomorrow. It's time like this when you wish you were a famous actor with bags of money, .......... perhaps :-)