New friends

Did I tell you that I have just lost my special power. These things happen. Yesterday I lost at least 20 times the front end of the bike on the muddy roads, and always found it. But this morning, when I started to look for my special power in the room, I could not find it … of course, I told you about it. I am invisible. Since I left Moscou, no cops have arrested me, like if I were invisible. But, as I lost this special power, this morning, as I was coming out of Chita, immediatly, the cops arrested me. The purpose of it : just curiosity.

The little guy tried to be very serious at the beginning, but the tall simpleton behind him bursted out laughing because I said : « Ne ponimayu » (I don’t understand). It was fucked. They started to talk to me about our president François Hollande and also about the Tour Eiffel. They wanted to see a picture of my house. I diverted the conversation, telling them that they really had a beautifull country with nice people, which is true. But, I also made them understand that the time was going by and that I had a lot of miles to do today. The tall simpleton bursted out laughing again.

The small cop tried to be serious and told me that I should be very carefull because recently, a Japanese guy, a tourist like me ( ?!?) had been shot on this road. The tall simpleton did not laugh at all. They told me to go flat out to Vladivostock without stopping. 3.000 kilometers without refuelling, it would be rather complicated. I sat off again but it did worry me a little bit. I went 160 km/h, but about the fuell, I had to stop. And I did. A very nice guy welcomed at the petrol station me and immediatly asked me if I were french. I said « yes ». And he talked to me about « Jean-Paul Belmondo, Le Louvre and this old movie of the 50ies “Fantomas”. » I was stuned. I didn’t know that it took more than fifity years for the Hertzian waves to reach Russia. By the way, this guy was not talking about François Hollande or Gérard Depardieu and I was happy about it. Kidding aside, I have been told in Moscou that they recently discovered a village in Siberia which inhabitants had never heard about Second World War. Truth or urban legend, I still don’t know, but people from Moscou do believe in it.

I sat off again, 160 km/h on the dashboard, but with a speed average of only 144. The reason why is that the 2.000 kilometers going from Chita to Kjhabarovsk are astonishing in more ways than one. This highway was inaugurated in 2011 by Poutine who did the all way at the rear of a yellow Lada Samara. He told that he wanted to discover some regions of Siberia. He certainly did not watch by the window more than ten minutes because the landscape is always the same, very boring. And after those ten minutes, I can imagine than he spent most of his time having nausea because of all these huge bumps on the tarmac. The Multistrada and its fantastic suspensions really love this exercice, but when it happens in curves, it is sometimes risky.

It made my day and that’s a good thing because I had 1.400 kilometers to do in this huge desert. Fortunately, at a petrol station, I met some russian guys on german bikes going from Vladivostock to Lisboa. Of course, I am not the only one to travel. That was a fortunate and historical meeting because otherwise, the only picture of the day I had to show was this one of a dog following me everywhere in a petrol station. Tonight, we will have a drink with my new friends and talk about bikes and travelling for sure.

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Vincent Tillet
Magnifique! Continue de nous faire rêver! Bon courage pour la fin ;)
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Reggae Reggaeman
Bonjour Laurent, Je me réjouis tous les jours à la lecture de tes anedotes.Je ne sais pas si les ondes hertziennes mettent 50 ans pour atteindre ces lointaines contrées, mais tes histoires nous soufflent en direct un vent de liberté bien agréable. Vivement demain.
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Simon Lieutenantdan
Ouahhhhh
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JeanFi_
Lolo, tu approches du but, comment te sens-tu après tous ces kilomètres avalés goulûment ? Sinon, pour ma part, je suis absolument admiratif (et envieux) de ce super trip que tu fais, qui plus est au guidon d'une machine que je rêve d'avoir ... ;) @ tchao
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Kaourantin Duplenne
Keep safe Laurent ! Je vois que la ville d'après s'appel "Never"...sont flippés les gens dans le coin !
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Gérald Vincelet
lolo good luck , you're almost there , no time to hurt you , I await your video forward , beautiful road trip on a beautiful bike with a guy at the top.
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Patoche Twoteam
Allez Lolo Gazzz !!!! Vive les Twins et vive les montagnes Russes !!!!
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Jb Lanquetin
Un énorme merci lolo pour nous faire profiter de ce magnifique raid avec la ducati. Et merci à ducati de fournir une si bonne monture à notre conteur préfère. Bon courage lolo on pense à toi fait attention, pas rassurante l'histoire du japonais! Petit message d'un gazier a un sacré gussien!
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Jules Habib
Amazing story, thank you Ducati and Laurent for this content.
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Jules Habib
Amazing story, and well told. Congrats to Ducati and Laurent for this content.
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Rémi Arnaud
Bon courage lolo!! Et continue de nous faire rêver à travers ce voyage..
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Evelyne Pautevin
Merci, Laurent, pour nous faire rêver !
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Éric landiech
As always, you make us travel through your articles. Please enjoy and keep going!
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Félix Freire Lopez
Lolo, Always that sense of humor even when soaking wet and tired. I love reading your articles and wish you a dry and safe following trip. Keep up the spirit and the open gas (but mind the speed signals)! Bonne route!
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Franck Senot
Profite a fond, Le plus beau dans le voyage c'est pas la destination c'est la route, et tu me fais rêver :)
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near_me Km 16316 of 41903
event 08/09/2016
room Skovorodino, L'oblast d'Amour, Russie