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Transnistria

Situated between Ukraine and Moldova, Transnistria is considered to be a part of Moldova, however it is an unrecognised state. It has a President, a population of 1/2 million and a military with 18 tanks and a dozen or so helicopters, it feels like a real country! I could have chosen the...

Kyiv

I loved my time in this stunning and vibrant city. I spent over a week there exploring with my girlfriend Rachael. The old, classic metro was cheap and easy to navigate as it quickly took us around the city. We walked to so many places, which is without doubt the best way to explore any...

Ukraine Border

As I approached the border there were miles of lorries, vans and the odd car two abreast, stationary, queuing to get to the border. My instinct was to ride past and see what happens when I get to the front. None of the traffic moved as I passed, it must take them hours and hours, if not a...

Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania. The beautiful old town is situated at the confluence of two rivers, where there is a historic fort and cathedral. Having seen many capital cites over the last decade or so, many are so overrun with tourists that it detracts from my enjoyment...

St Petersburg, Russia

A fantastic, beautiful, vibrant city. It is without doubt one of the great cities of the world. Wide roads, creative architecture, statues and art everywhere. Rivers, islands, grand palaces, cool people, bars and restaurants. I’ve been in Russia twice now, St Petersburg gets my vote for...

NW Russia

Not for the first time I’m enjoying my time here. Having spent a week in the remote wildness of NW of Russia, I rode south from the Murmansk region to St Petersburg. I started out north of the Artic Circle with cold, wet weather, sparse forest and wetlands, as I rode south blue skies...

Kandalaksha, Russia

Having rode through the wilderness from the western border with Finland, when I found civilisation, it was like arriving in post apocalyptic Russia. Cloudy, raining, awful road conditions, old cars, ruined buildings, complete disrepair… The petrol was cheap though, 33p/ litre! I...

Russian Border

Russia is the ninth country I’ve visited on this trip, and without doubt crossing the very remote border near Salla (Finland) felt like I was entering a new world. I was aware that I was the only vehicle approaching the border, and when I arrived there were no other vehicles. Getting...