Brian's Blog
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Stirred, not shaken
Mood:  a-ok
Just a quick update from Saratov, Russia. Was on the verge of entering Kazakhstan when the Russian border Patrol decided I was a national threat and rerouted my plans after a half a day in custody getting the third degree. They'd rather be safe than sorry so they ran thru my life story and looked thru all my things. That's the short story, it got quite intense at times but inside I was laughing at the Soviet treatment,  should make a great tale. "Take your hands off me you filthy ape!" I'm having a difficult time getting my photos to load so have patience, I'm going to have to break the files down and have some quality time on a fast computer to get it right. so I'm still in Russia, heading for the Kazaks again and we'll see if they let me in at a different border point. Besides the police the folks here are pretty cool but it's very tough for simple communications at times. It'll get worse before it gets better and I'm still full of beans. The Russians thought they had a tough interrogation team, little did they know I've done battle with Ron King!! (inside joke for my United friends) Take care everyone and hope to get home in October.  Brian 

Posted by briansride at 3:57 AM PDT

Thursday, 12 June 2008 - 11:22 AM PDT

Name: "Cody Tripp"
Home Page:

It sounds like  the trip is getting better and better, hang in there! "What a long, strange trip it's been!" Grateful Dead

Sunday, 15 June 2008 - 5:23 PM PDT

Name: "Shay"

Happy Father's Day Dad, keep on kickin ass. Be sure to tell the Russians "Klasnya Djoppa." I probably didn't spell that right but that's how its pronounced.

Monday, 16 June 2008 - 7:07 AM PDT

Name: "Bettina"
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What I don't understand is why they didn't want to let you go. I mean better to have this potential terrorist on the bicycle out of the country quickly. I hope you have by now entered Kazakhstan. We found border officers and police in Kazakhstan a lot friendlier and less keen on our money. Hope you'll experience the same. Good luck!

Sunday, 22 June 2008 - 11:56 AM PDT

Name: "Ron"


Well I don't know about anyone else but waiting for your next post is like watching a TV cliffhangar at the end of the season, then having to wait FOREVER before you see who dunnit! 

I'm really curious if you are out of Russia yet or not.

update!  Puh-leaze!

Alright I know it's probably hard to find a computer in eastern Europe and that pesky language is a problem, not to mention your trying to actually make it to Hong Kong on a bicycle, but really now.....

Seriously man, I really hope you're doing OK, let us know when you get a chance.....


Sunday, 22 June 2008 - 3:56 PM PDT

Name: "Maureen"

Ron - Yah, we're hoping to hear, too. Mom is checking his website multiple times a day. If there is even a phone call one of the boys will get the word posted.  

Monday, 23 June 2008 - 8:07 AM PDT

Name: "Darien"

Okay, I guess I'm not the only one checking (twice) daily. Looking forward to your post. "you've got some splaing to do"

Just keep turning those peddles over.



Monday, 23 June 2008 - 2:21 PM PDT

Name: "Mom"

By this time Brian we are all getting very concerned about your whereabouts, but I keep hoping that I will hear soon and that you are safe and in good health, this is very unusual for you so we will all keep praying for good news,   Love Mom.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008 - 9:21 PM PDT

Name: "Tyler"

HA HA HA ...Done battle with Ron King. Hell yeah, Russians could take lessons from him.

 Love the pictures Brian, Stay safe.


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