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Venture Into Russia: Three Motorcycle Journeys Kindle Edition

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The Russian Immigration Oficer who was overseeing the taking of our fingerprints in the police station at Plechetsk, a town in a restricted area where foreigners like ourselves are strictly not allowed and into which we had quite innocently strayed, said, "Next time you come to Russia, you must stay in the cities like Moscow or St Petersburg”. The accounts of my three trips into some of the less visited parts of Russia, I hope, will explain why I didn't.

I always try to take the smaller road or track because that seems to have more character, is more isolated and further away from people, closer to nature; the smaller road will always offer a greater chance of adventure and excitement, of challenges to be overcome. I love the idea that if you have no fixed destination you can never be lost; if you have no fixed time of arrival you can never be late; if you only travel with those you know you will seldom meet anyone new and fascinating. I yearn to travel remote places where there are very few people; I like to regard myself as a traveller, not a tourist. All I know is that there is an exciting world out there which I want to explore. I turn 60 in 10 days but, fortunately, still feel very young. I yearn with an inner ache to travel to Mongolia, to ride overland to India, to ride trans-Africa again, to ride the Americas from the northernmost point to the tip of South America. Why? I don't know why - it's just there, crying out to be done. And I genuinely feel that unless one pushes the boundaries, life becomes mediocre and I never want to be regarded as mediocre. You never really appreciate warmth unless you have been really cold; the memory of drying out in front of a fire will only be powerful if you have been soaked and cold beforehand. And because hard travel exposes one to these extremes, the little luxuries are so much more appreciated; the small moments of pleasure, the kindness of a stranger so much more appreciated.

If you like this diary you might like to read Trans-Africa by Motorcycle – A Father’s Diary as well. This is similarly the account of a growing relationship between a father and son, of seeking adventure together, of achieving that which, at heart, every father secretly wants to do with his son or daughter.

About the Author

Lawrence Bransby has taught English to both high and primary school children throughout his life, often taking his personal experience of working with young children and teenagers as the starting point of his novels – especially during the break-up of the hated Apartheid regime in South Africa when the all-white school he taught at became multi-racial.

Of the eight teenage novels he has written, four have won literary prizes and one short-listed. Twice his novels were chosen by Book Chat as South African Children’s Books of the Year (Homeward Bound and A Mountaintop Experience). Down Street, his first teenage novel, won the prestigious MER Prize for Youth Literature and The Boy who Counted to a Million won the seldom-awarded Percy Fitzpatrick Literary Prize. Bransby’s writing includes novels both for teenagers and adults as well as travel diaries, begun when, in 1997, he crossed Africa with his 17-year-old son on old XT500 motorcycles. Since then, he has travelled by motorcycle to Russia three times (Venture into Russia), Albania (Albania by Motorcycle) and driven across part of the Western Sahara in an old Ford Fiesta (Plymouth-Dakar/Banjul Old Bangers Challenge). More photographs of these trips and information about the author can be found on his website or Facebook page:

He now lives in Paignton, Devon, and keeps himself fit kayaking, cycling and, whenever possible, travelling on his motorcycle to remote places.

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HASH(0xa6244198) out of 5 stars Such a good set of adventures to read about that I am saddle sore. magic stuff. March 15 2015
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Great admiration for Lawrence and his son for taking me on my armchair pillion ride to Russia. I felt every bump and slide along the way. I have worked for short spells in countries that were previously under Russian control and so can appreciate more what they went through. The comrade spirit and generosity from those fellow motoring enthusiasts you meet in these places regardless of nationality brings emotions from you that you never thought of before. Lawrence has captured this throughout. Thanks for inviting me on the journey.
HASH(0xb8de23f0) out of 5 stars Poorly written, makes adventure boring March 30 2014
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There is no flow to this book; it's unpleasant to read. The author lists events rather than spinning a yarn with them, making the book a torturous undertaking with neither a clear purpose nor a clear end. What's more, in the kindle version clicking on any of the internal hotlinks to photos leaves you stranded in the photo area with no way to get back to the boring part of this boring book that you were suffering through. Read any other book about motorcycle travel and you'll be better off.
HASH(0xa78fa2a0) out of 5 stars Russia is not what you think. Dec 10 2013
By Bill Boggs - Published on
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One of the better travel narratives. Russia is Russia, like no other place. The author gives you a very good view of the remote and somewhat dysfunctional Russia never seen by foreigners. Not aboring sight seeing trip, but an insightful look at a country struggling to find it's self. Some of the characters, like the Black Bears Motorcycle Club are priceless! Worth reading.
HASH(0xa6497cf0) out of 5 stars fantastic Feb. 4 2014
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Great book, excellent read, enjoyed it 100%. A great insight into a journey into Russia a trip I hope to make myself. It also covers areas I will visit on my bike this summer.
HASH(0xa6497fe4) out of 5 stars Interesting and gritty March 25 2014
By Chris Brown - Published on
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Great to hear adventures from someone interested in travelling way off the beaten track. I like to get this glimpse into a Russia most of us will never experience.