December 03rd 2010, Florida, USA – 24 500 km

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thumb31 December 03rd 2010, Florida, USA – 24 500 km

Hello, my dear friends and the visitors! Thank you for the curiosity, for being worried and for waiting for a new part of my report! Thanks a lot to the Silbers – Valerij and Irina from Nikolaev for your big participation in my modest journey!

Sorry for keepiny ouu waiting – I was fighting the bad weather and was riding on and on. They say the Nature doesn’t have a bad weather, but I have certain doubts Having left Denver, Colorado I came across cold, snow, wind and blizzard, so I decided to stop at hotel. You must have seen a record in the previous note.

On the way to AMA I was attacked by rain that forced mr to spend three days at Johns –my good friend. He is a friend to Doug from Alabama. I spent three days in a small town Marshall. It was as if I were in a movie: small town, little bar, whiskey at the bar stand, and the locals looking at me suspiciously and curiously. This was in general. The details will be in the book.

I visited an American Motorcyclist Association – AMA. The meeting was very sincere. I got acquainted to every person who were there.  Rob Dingman, the president, was pleasantly surprised with my visit. We discussed possible options of co-operation in tourism ares with racing department director, Bill Canbow.

There is similar department in FMU, so we will develop our co-operation. Then I visited a museum of motorcycling, we took a commemoration photo and I moved further. Then there were two days of continuous rain that was changed by snow, naked ice until I came to warm fast-foodery.  In general- I saw a lot!

Now I am typing this note sitting in the +18 C-warmth of Florida. A couple days before my coming it was 26C but I am still satisfied. I’ll spend in Florida some days and then I’ll go to Doug to check up my cycle, buy some tires and pick my pay towards Mexico!

The adventures are on the way!

And the photographs  as usual:

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Woody’s family

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A photo to remember

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A way from Colorado to Ohio left me nothing to shoot.

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Odessa… a per log the Black Sea… Now available in the US!

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It’s not a horror-movie screenshot

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It’s Moon!

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– I’m gonna show you the full range of goods being sold at the gas stations! One can buy everything!

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– Hello people from Ukraine and Russia! Be happy, Yo!

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I am from London and leave here for ten years.

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This arch looks similar to the Arch of international friendship in Kiev. Some time ago I saw that on the top of such huge constructions there must be an observation deck. Being In Kiev long time ago I came to the Arch of Friendship and found no elevator to take me to the deck. I asked people but they said there wasn’t any. This is that very arch with a n observation deck and an elevator! Its in Saint-Louis, Missouri. However it was late and I didn’t come to the top. I have seen enough today and the forthcoming evening made me seek for a place for a tent.

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This guy’s story is written in December number of “The Bike” magazine, the least part of my column.

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An average small town bar. A brief photo-review about the life in Marshall, IL is following.

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I beg a pardon for some pictures have lack of sharpness – I made them without a flash in purpose not to embarrass the customers. However this one is embarrassed… :)

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Meet John (on the left) – a friend who sheltered me for a night.

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Bar with barmen and counter at the centre. Only cash accounts. The price is $2.5 – no matter is it whiskey or cola or mixed

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This is John’s house

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This wall is aged 1840. The whole house was initially built in 1840

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Every single thing has its place

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In the upper photograph is John’s father. Then it’s young John

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A library

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His grandfather

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And John himself

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A rainy day in a small town

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A pick-up truck is a kind of fetish! Every third car is pick-up. There is a lot of sorts of them…

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Another bar

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It’s usual to have a playing-machine at the bar. And it’s not usual for it to be a cash machine.

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There also is vodka standing at the honorable place. However there is no counterfeit whisky.

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Beer is sold in packs at stores. And in bars by single cans, of course. Twice dearer of, course. The European one is valuable but is is not consumed in towns – $4 per 0,33 l is too much.

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Have you seen it: “No weapons, No colors”. For non-bikers I’d explain –if you want to have a booze – leave your weapon and jacket at home – in order not to have a fight with other MC’s members

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The pools are usual- the same as billiard at ours.

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Another measure to prevent underage drinking – this is a date-of-birth counter. Those who was born after the date indexed could buy only cola. Today those who was born 26 of November 1989 will be blessed. If one is younger the bartender would better sell the bar to pay the fine. By the way the majority of the bars are 20- 40 years.

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Houses of Marshall

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Streets are empty in a daytime. Everybody is working. Marshall’s population is 3 500 people, at least 1 200 are occupied producing airbags. A little factory is in the centre of the town. Howewre there are no unemployed.At the evening people gather at bars.

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As John said this is the most expensive house in the town.

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And this is the first house built Marshall

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Average middle-class house

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-Is that you Santa Claus?

- Playboy special delivery!

Post office

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T-25 caterpillar in American way

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Wheel camber

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It’s a pick-up country – I’ve told you! Even shadows here are pickup- shaped.

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Bicycle pasture

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This house average price is $10 000. This one can ride one billion kilometers again

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Saying goodbue going to Ohio

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John! Thank you for showing me the real America!

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Here was the Second Meeting with the US Police! To know the details one should wait for the book release. In a nutshell – there are many squeakers.

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Photographs from the AMA museum

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Original blueprint. Dated – OMG – 1917!!!

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Look at the upper photo. This is The Man who exercised a world tour having a prosthesis instead his right leg. This is worth of being listed in AMA Hall of glory

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Do you recognize the bike? Right – Terminaror!

Take a look at the engine…

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At least we meet! How could he manage to get here? – Proper acquaintance I guess :)

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AMA President Rob Dingman signing our flag

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Ukrainian and American motorcyclists united!

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This diploma has it’s story depicted by a dent from my fall in Kazakhstan. “As only I knew that it became more valuable”, – Rob said :)

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Bill Canbow

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Signing Region of Kobelyak Flag

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Little town of Cambridge

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I could not ignore it’s…

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…funny figures at the streets

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Especially this policeman:)

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These figures are waiting for a holiday to come.

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Commission shop

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…where one can by everything starting from a teaspoon to button accordion.

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Then the rain started.

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After that the snow took it’s turn

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This is cotton my jeans are made from.

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I like ice cream!!

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Palm-trees are sign of warmth. I like it the same as ice-cream. But…no, shrimps I like most

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I dropped my jaw when I saw IT!!

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This is why some pick-ups are twin-reared. For the blondies – twin-reared are trucks with four wheels on a rear axle. It’s about two pairs of wheels, ladies!

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The mount

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A good truck for those who doesn’t like to disassemble fishing rods!

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Florida! How I waited for this page in my atlas!

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Richard and his friend. I’ve met Richard when I started the american stage of the journey. You must have seen him on photos. Now he invited me to his house where I’ll stay for several days. From his house I can upload some videos – not too fast but I will! I should only choose some from recordings.

To be continued. I’ll try not to keep you waiting for the next record!

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