17th March 2014
It’s getting close! Azulo was shipped on 17th. By the way…Azulo is my bike. Let me explain how the name came about…Azulo is a blue bike…AZUL is Spanish for blue…the “Lo” sort of makes it Bluey…If it was female, I should have called him Azula so Azulo is a bloke!…
I named Azulo before my trip to South America in 2012, It’s not very Russian, I admit, but it’s too late to change the name now. I don’t want to ‘moz” myself
Here goes Azulo, down the street!
Azulo is being shipped by sea to Busan, South Korea and then by truck to Donhue on the east coast of South Korea, where, hopefully we meet again…otherwise it will be a very short trip!!
We then go by ferry to Vladivostok where we will have to wait for a couple of days whilst we negotiate Customs…UGH!
I’m having a busy time getting Visas. It’s all a bit of a nightmare actually….and very expensive too!
I have a 12 month Business Visa for Russia, I had to send my passport to Singapore for the Kazakhstan Visa and I currently wait for my Mongolian Visa from Canberra.
I still have to organise Visas for Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Iran and Turkey. I cannot organise these till I’m on my way as there are restrictions in terms of how long in advance one can apply so I’ll find myself stuck in Embassies in various countries probably pulling my hair out!
I also have had to arrange a Carnet de Passage en Douane for Azulo for Iran. Believe it or not that cost me $950.00 ($250.00 refundable on my return)
I leave Australia around 27th April