Diary before the start:)

August 19th

Yesterday I got acquainted with awesomw guys working in a tourist equipment shop “Azimuth” who provided me with Deuter sleeping bag, self-filling air rug, aluminum tent arches and two gas tanks for my burner. Vadim and Roman – thank you so much!! One day left… I wish every one of you to feel this emotion that fulfills me now. It’s a tough mixture of love, thankfulness and happiness! Malinka sweet, thank you for your patience and tenacity! I love you!

PS: BTW I have obtained a netbook and a camcorder. I will be in touch and run my own video diary.

So shall I start solving my last problems in Kiev…

August 17th

IT’s all according the plan!!

A company “Zarya Ltd.” together with “Bereg” tourist facility situated in my country Svetlogorskoye will partially sponsor my world tour! I would like to say my sincerest thanks to Yurij N.Ternikov thus assisted to arrange my tour!

August 11th

Today top news – I’ve arranged a meeting with California governator Arnold Schwarzenegger!!!!

I’ve wrote to CA government a letter about my world bike tour and my wish to meet my favorite actor and bike fan to give him a commemorative souvenir from Federation Motorcyclist Ukraine. Today I’ve received a confirmation!! I should jist inform them in 30 days before an exact day of my visit! It is got to be an outstanding tour!

August 10th

Do you know what the most terrible thing is?

It’s the lost of faith.

Today one of the equipment shops has lost it’s assurance in my affair. Some time before we have an agreement of assistance but as the starting date has been delayed that guys just refused to participate in my project. They said the just do not believe.

In fact screw them because I know that my grand tour will start very soon.

August 9th

According to my computations with Federation Motorcyclist Ukraine I can afford myself a ride at least to Mexico. Today I have settled the date it’s August 20th 1:00 pm starting from Podol. Exact place will be determined later as Podol’s administration suggested to arrange the take-off party on Pochtovaja square instead Kontraktovaya because of it’s traffic

August 8th

Vladimir from Nahodka and his spouse have arrived to Kiev on his Varadero!!! Our correspondence is placed here, it was pretty extended and at last it came out with his visit to Ukraine! They rode through Odessa, Kiev and I’ve shown them a way to Moscow. Here are some photos.

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August 6th

Dreams come true!!!!!!!!!

Federation Motorcyclist Ukraine fully supports my initiative and moreover – will sponsor my affair to perform the world tour!

Vadim Anatol’yevich Kopylov, Vasilij Platonovich Yakimchuk and Vladimir Nickolaevich Mikhanyuk – accept my sincerest appretiation!!

August 4th

Just went back from the Argentinean embassy. The visa will be done in one day! Outstanding!! Besides they have recommended me to do it directly before start to extend an entry term. Only Chile and Columbia are left. On an mysterious reason nobody answers my letters. Neither Mexico nor Moscow. Yet… : )

August 3rd

I don’t know whether such kind of smile exists, but there should be a smile in a helmet! ))

Today I’ve obtained a Brazilian visa to my passport!!

Chile, Columbia and Argentina are left.

July 30th

So, my dear readers of insane’s notes, I am here to declare I’m not giving in. Furthermore I move towards my objective more persistently and yearning! Think you have read the main news on the main page – I am going to ride across South America. I am sure it is a beautiful land. This Monday I will go to the Brazilian embassy to submit papers to get visa. Only getting Argentinean and Chilean visa left – the other countries can let me in and out with US visa. But most significant is that having Ukrainian citizenship requires no visa in the majority of South American countries!!

Had just started studying Spanish, have learned some phrases: ”Buenos dies”, “Si”, “No” and “Muchos gracies”. : )

On the way to the editorial office I have met a an Italian traveler on his way to Kazakhstan. We swapped business cards and took a photo.

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July 27th

Today an elevator car has stuck in a shaft with me inside it. This was really a situation I can’t help and there is nothing to do but pondering over the state of things for today in complete darkness. Suddenly I was brightened by an idea I immediately shared with Malinka. She sad it was a brilliant one and we decided to embody it. Still I will not write it down here but for sure I will let you know in proper time.

And now I’ll go in for looking for a necessary amount of money to start ASAP with god’s help.

July 26th

July 24th

Another one day waiting for a start has passed….

When I complete my tour I will tell you a secret how ton to get insane in such moments. I will not enigmatize this – man thing is your friend’s parent’s and all dearest people’s help!

I thank my lovely Malinka, my father and mom for their love and assistance!

Today I have received an encouraging letter by Sergey Gavrilov from Latvia.

Thank you all!!

July 23th Turovskaya 9, Kiev.

Nothing but night…

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June 23th late than midnight

I’ve sent an sms to my Malinka while I was trying to sleep. Today I was trying to get on with my camera Olympus E500. It seems that I couldn’t do without a mirror digital camera in tour of such kind. I guess I will master a photography while the tour. : )

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July 20th

A general sponsor of my project has switched a rear gear… I’ve passed through all the difficulties to organize the tour – tuning the bike, buying the equipment, planning the route, getting the US visa, finally Shengen visa just to know that financial issues would not be resolved! It’s hard to comment on what happens inside of me…

I still believe that I will pass this through!

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July 21th

My belief and wish are over the circumstances!!

July 20th

A general sponsor of my project has switched a rear gear… I’ve passed through all the difficulties to organize the tour – tuning the bike, buying the equipment, planning the route, getting the US visa, finally Shengen visa just to know that financial issues would not be resolved! It’s hard to comment on what happens inside of me…

I still believe that I will pass this through!

July 16th

It is very and very hard to arrange a world tour. So many things happen, there is so much I want to tell about. I won’t do it here but it will be a part of my book. Anyway what deserves to be written here is:

A thing that can’t kill strengthens me!

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July 15th

I got a one-year multi visa Shengen!!! Dreams come true! !!

I have to solve some financial issues and can start!! Wish it happen faster…

One year ago sharp I went to journey to the East. I just have talked to my sweet Malinka, we shared recollections about what we were doing that time. One year ago I was at my parents at the dinner before start. She was in Samara dinking Zhigulevskoe beer eating shawerma. And we had no guess to meet in five days, we had no even a hint that our life will soon change. I LOVE YOU MY DEAR!!

July 14th

Mood…

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July 13th

A Motopsihoz.com together with TCI-Ukraine have given me a set of clothes Büse Open Road for my tour – jacket and pants!! I am eager to test it on the road and place here my impressions about it! I like this garment – high quality of welds, all YKK zippers . The jacket is all-weather and has two detachable linings. There is hip and knee protection built in pants and a lining for cold and humid weather. Personal gratitude to Pavel Yakovlev for this garment!

July 12th

Today I have sent again my presentation to the Portuguese embassy having rode personally before that. One who wants to achieve something will achieve it any way! I have obtained a Shengen visa! I’ll be given my passport back on July 15th at 9 am!! Many thanks to the embassy of Portugal republic!

It means that soon I will start my tour!!!

July 10th

Still have lost no wits. Do I have any?

Thank you, Malinka for compassion and belief in me!!!

It’s going to be ok, I’m sure!!

July 9th

I was just phonecalled from the Portuguese embassy and said that there is no use to go for visa w/o an invitation. And the invitation is still unsent. It’s really hard to keep composure! God make me strong and patient to pass this test…

What should I do? Where should I go to and does anyone care about all my plots? That are the questions I can’t answer…yet

In such moments of desperation the thing I want most is to be with Malinka on a seashore and merely LIVE

I’m on the edge… I’m going slightly mad…

July 8th

Still not a single sign from Portuguese embassy. Filling my time with life insurance and a green card for my Africa. But inside me there is a certitude that in nearest days I could finally move!

For today there is no music provided, because it’s hard to say anything definitely about mood. It’s rising and kind of stiff at once. That seems that a new description has appeared – stiff mood )) Should I set a copyright for this term? ))) I’d rather go look for the procedures and Google help me!

Wish health and LOVE to all of you!!

-What’s the best way not to lose your wits?

-Have no wits.

July 7th

That’s the news for today – an invitation letters from Portugal are still not ready. As I was said by the portuguese they had no time to write a letter and it probably will be delivered by this Friday! Guys It has passed three weeks since my request!!

So I had nothing to do but get on my bike and rode to the Portugal embassy – in an insolent manner without any calls and invitations. Just took my papers in a black leather folder. What should I d? I had neither choice nor time to wait three weeks more.

At the embassy I was met by a clerk who gave me all necessary papers and forms I’m going to fill in right now. He gave me a fax to send a brief information about me and my phone number. After that I will be invited to a meeting.

God help me to fill it all, and let them receive me ASAP anl let me out with a stamp in my passport saying “Welcome, Valerij!”

Uncle Jura! If you are reading this note the music is for you!

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6 июля

Вы можете не верить в Бога – Он верит в Вас!

July 5th

Today I was given oil by IPONE  official distributor in Ukraine. I’ll ride with на Full Power Katana 10w50. Last trip I used the same and my Africa’s engine stayed satisfied. It leaves no scale, washes engine well and makes a gearbox work in finest manner!

News from Portugal: the letter is sent to Ukraine!! Special thanks to Vladimir Mihanyuk!!! I so eager to start that can’t sleep at night…

July 2th

Malinka, this music is for you. To regret not in my performance, but the performer is a good guy too

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July 1th

Portugal keeps silence but Garik sings

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First verse touches the very heart. The rest verses also do but the first is the strongest! In fact Garik Sukachev is awesome as man and as a singer too.

16:15 – I’ve got an idea: if there is lack of news it will be lot of music I like that reflects my mood. It seems to be nice idea. It takes just get on with a player I want to install to my website. To my regret I cant vanquish it.

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June 30th

Mood…

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June 25th

No news and Portugal keeps silence. It’s hard to keep patience. Thanks to my dearest half – Malinka! Malinka, you give me an inspiration. You can’t imagine how grateful to god I am for I’ve meet you! Love you. Thank you for all your care, attention and patience.

June 24th

Looking forward an invitation letter from Portugal. I was ready to make a Shengen visa, but at the last moment I was told that it would be some problems coming to Portugal with polish Shengen. That’s why a Federation motorcyclist Ukraine has written a letter to Portugal. Now we are waiting what the reply will be. It’s disgusting to wait when you can’t do. It’s like a phonecall from your parents that are having problems miles away. After the call you have this feeling – one can’t call it disgusting or strange. The most right description is INABILITY. And like I can’t hug my mother and tell her that it’s gonna be alright, the same way I can’t make a portuguese dude write an invitation letter and send an original letter with nearest flight. That’s what inability is. The waiting… waiting…

June 23th

I’ve got an American visa!!!! It’s a five years multy-visa!! Yahoooooo!!

June 18th

A FedEx delivery service has brought an Association motorcyclist American original letter of invitation!! On 23th I’ll go to the embassy to interview.

June17th 2010

There are some days when one just sits and can’t help events because have done all what depends on him. Only waiting left. Hate waiting and chasing things.

It’s just about a week till start left but some issues – documental and financial are still pending.

I’d rather say that arranging such kind of a journey is a tough affair and one should rely on himself only. It’s pretty risky to leave some issues to some other’s consideration especially the most crucial things.

All the circumstances concerning getting ready for wide range of journeys will be considered in a book I’m going to issue after the return. It will be an essence of experience for the trippers to travel straight avoiding unnecessary motions. Psychological readiness is not less significant than physical. But organizing the bureaucratc issues prevails!

What don’t kill makes stronger!

A day before yesterday Malinka has sent me an sms “The harder in drilling the easier in fight”. It appeared to be so: today my schedule is like this –from 8 am to 12 pm I’m busy at various interviews, negotiations and other meetings. It is like plane warm-up : everybody is trembling, everyone is worried, everyone is on the edge… but should it take off slightly scudding down the runway and there is a relaxing breath out.

Now it’s too early to relax – I takes to be concentrated and attentive on the way.

Malinka, if you are reading this you should know – I LOVE YOU!!! Should you not exist everything would be in different way or wouldn’t be at all. I live by the thoughts of you. I live for you!

June 15th

Always in any circumstances you should account in yourself!

June 12th 1:30am

Can’t fall asleep and there’s a reason for it – I have just got a letter from EPA – US Environment Protection agency! Now I can ride my “Africa” across USA!! It’s a small victory: ) Now I can gulp some beer, listen to Krishna Das before sleeping and see Malinka, Gobi desert and lots of wonders of the nature: ) I will make my world tour, write a wonderful book about it. I will make a great documentary with a little help of Lord and my half Malinka and one more halper whose name is still secret. : )

Wish good night you all and wish you dreaming. The point is that each and every dream becomes true. And will prove it!

June 09th 2010

Hello to the diary and the visitors!

One should confess that getting ready for the world tour definitely differs from a two-days-trip to Krimea. It takes facing many complexities including getting visa till financial issues. Anyway I don’t give in and I’m full of assurance to travel rfom start to finish point. Besides I am helped by my lovely Malinka, God and a lot of friends and just good people. Thank you all! I promise that will be accomplished! I’m sure!

It seems to me that I won’t be ready by the 15th of June – the Federation Motorcyclist of Ukraine does all possible for me to get visa in nearest time. But one should realize that no one could control everything and certain circumstances do always affect. So that my departure delays till June 20th and people who would wish to rise a cup of tea to my departure would not be allowed to ocme to Maydan square , Kiev.

Yesterday I have added to my website a forum named “World tour assistance” that is targeted to let everyone help me with this tour. It’s hard times to get sponsored – the majority of entities are in “short of money” conditions. Still a book of motorcycle tourism in Ukraine needs to be written and a movie would also be pleasant to be watched – especially in some cold winter evening. I’ve been thinking for a while and finally placed the forum to the site ))

Yesterday I have negotiated with some guys from Internet-TV in Ukraine. A number of live translations from a number of places will be arranged. Later I will indicate a website to watch my journey on-line.

After that I have opened a notebook with a list of 52 items to be taken… hope that in a couple of weeks I will accomplish the list ))

Malinka has already flown home to Ekaterinburg… ((

That’s all for now, see you later! : )

May 20th 2010

Malinka has gone to visit her grandma to Kirovgrad for a few bays. But I won’t stay alone for a long. On Saturday I’ll take her back. On this holydays we will visit one of my most favorite events – Alexandrovsk rally!

Now we consider upon t-shirts prints for “Bochka” rock-marathon. Igor already has completed a scenario and I have managed to chatter manager for him to allow me to ride in on my “Africa”. I’m sure it will be some real hot thing!

Gena Popenko will be the party’s MC!

Everything goes as planned!!

May 15th 2010

Yesterday Dima has translated an official letter from Federation motorcyclist of FMU to American Motorcyclist Association targeted to assist to get the visa!

Many thanks to Dima – he is a real professional in his area including the translations on this site.

By the way my friend in Korea informed me that arrival on the USA territory requires having some papers from EPA concerning feasible pollutions from a vehicle. It takes to be found out how to get it. I would appreciate any information and assistance : )

Today I’m going to participate at a photo session by Igor aka Et with my “Africa”. And also today is the day when it’s one month left till the departure… I stay cool and sure it will be according the plan: I’lll start in a proper time and return in October

May 13th 2010

For all time of my absence here a very significant event happened! My sweet Marina arrived!! She landed in Borispol on May 3th and on 4th evening we already were in Crimea celebrating her birthday! Yesterday we returned to Kiev.

Concerning my plans on the journey: some troubles with US visa emerged but as Vladimir from Federation motorcyclist of Ukraine FMU – sport federation assured it will be resolved in a few days.

On May 29th as I have mentioned, a music marathon will run in a “Bochka” on Petrovka. Yesterday together with Igor aka Et and Igor the Lazy Boy we’ve been working out posters and T-shirt design for the event. God job I’d rather say!!

Today “Panavtocompany («Панавто») has generously granted me a SIDI Adventure motorcycle boots. It’s a road motorcycle boots and tourer boots hybrid with Gore-tex insole

April 27th 2010

Yesterday till 2:30 am I’ve been helping my mate Leshka in preparing his bike for his journey. He also rides Africa Twin and is going to Georgia on May holidays! I wonder what a reliable thing this Africa Twin is!!

April 26th 2010

Hello everyone! On this vacations I & my friend Grigory Vagapov «Вперше Чую» group leader, gave birth to an outstanding idea – on May 29th at 19:00 there will take place a music marathon “Proidysvit” to support moto tourism in Ukraina and in particular – my ‘round the world trip. There will be a number of groups as «Вперше Чую» with new song «Пройдисвiт» (ukr. “Go round the world” that is similar name to my project) release. There will be also «Riffmaster», «SuperDivka», “Мi100” , «Вiринда», with «Ot Vinta» as a headliner.

Couple hours earlier I’m planning to run a press-conference.

Right now I went back from an insurance company ТАС and obtained some information about life insurance. Six months of my journey and an insurance policy will stand at 3700 ugr (USD 465). A green-card’s damage for my Aftica Twin is 600 ugr (USD 75). That’s all news for today!

PS: in a week sharp I will meet my Malinka in an airport!! : )))


Hello everyone! On this vacations I & my friend Grigory Vagapov «Вперше Чую» group leader, gave birth to an outstanding idea – on May 29th at 19:00 there will take place a music marathon «Пройдисвiт» «Proidysvit» to support moto tourism in Ukraina and in particular – my ‘round the world trip. There will be a number of groups as «Вперше Чую» with new song «Пройдисвiт» (ukr. “Go round the world” that is similar name to my project) release. There will be also «Riffmaster», «SuperDivka», “Мi100” , «Вiринда», with «Ot Vinta» as a headliner.

Couple hours earlier I’m planning to run a press-conference.

Right now I went back from an insurance company ТАС and obtained some information about life insurance. Six months of my journey and an insurance policy will stand at 3700 ugr (USD 465). A green-card’s damage for my Aftica Twin is 600 ugr (USD 75). That’s all news for today!

PS: in a week sharp I will meet my Malina Malinka in an airport!! : )))

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