Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Tickets, Tariffs and Typhoons

With all the paperwork done, tickets purchased. Customs fees paid and bike delivered to the customs dock. The DBS line "Eastern Dream" sits tied to the dock waiting to be loaded and we will be ready to go... 

Except maybe not as Typhoon Gori sweeps through the south China sea it appears there may be a delay. Not that it's an issue for me. My visa is still valid and I have time on my side on Korea.

The Eastern dream looks like she may be more of a nightmare in heavy sea's. More a short voyage cruiser than an ocean going liner, so I'm more than happy to wait. 



The reported paperwork difficulties were cast aside by the efficient expertise of Yuri and Svetlana at Links Ltd - contact them before anyone else,including the ferry company if you need to ship out from Vladivostok. Making the whole process simple. Just a case of waiting for each document to be completed and paying the necessary when required. 

In the meantime I have had chance to swap the front tyre on the bike with a little help from my friends at jetski-club.ru who were more than happy to lend me a hand with workshop facilities right next door to my hotel room. Especially handy when the owner is a devoted "petrol head" with his 250 2-stroke Honda powered cart and various "ongoing" projects. 

So with everything prepared I just have to wait and see what nature gets up to over the next 24 hours which will determine if we depart on schedule. Time and tide (and typhoons) wait for no man! 




For those who haven't yet - check out the video on my YouTube channel and pictures on Flickr


4 comments:

darrens_here said...

HI Mark, Just found your blog via TDR. Been reading it all morning..... boss not so happy but being a biker he will have a look later !

I guess youre going through all the extremes, in both the environmental and emotional meanings.

Im dead jealous, keep your head and blog up, its a great read...... now off to the youtube site.. well its almost lunch time so I can at least look at it without feeling guilty..........

Take care, Darren

darrens_here said...

HI Mark

(thought I'd left a comment previoosly but seems not)

Found your blog via TDR. What a difference to a few track days. Keep up the good work, take care, Darren

Anonymous said...

HI Mark, Just found your blog via TDR. Been reading it all morning..... boss not so happy but being a biker he will have a look later !

I guess youre going through all the extremes, in both the environmental and emotional meanings.

Im dead jealous, keep your head and blog up, its a great read...... now off to the youtube site.. well its almost lunch time so I can at least look at it without feeling guilty..........

Take care, Darren

Doug Lumsden said...

Hiya Mark,

Seems so long ago since we briefly met on the eurotunnel back in April, pleased to see you have made so much progress. Wish I had kept up with your adventure more often. Nice reading about it though.

Cheers and stay safe

Doug.