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Old 07-15-2017, 09:42 AM
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Russki,

Great story however you never did say what the sign by the bear meant with the gun in a yellow circle.

Are my guns welcome in Russia?

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Old 07-15-2017, 11:22 AM
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[quote=Vlad;1187892]Thanks for kind words everyone. Dave12 couldn't be possible without you thanks for the mag replacement and timing.



My pleasure pal. I just wish all those cosmetic surgeons would stop calling trying to sell me a chin tuck!
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Old 07-15-2017, 01:24 PM
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Not to take a thing away from your amazing flying adventure Vlad, but to me meeting your old classmate was priceless - really awesome!
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Old 07-15-2017, 07:05 PM
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Default Your journey inspires!

Like so many others I have followed this Russian journey and your write up daily. The fact that you were willing to fly over fridged water and desolate tundra VFR in an RV says a lot about your daring and confidence.

My I ask were you wearing any type of protective water proof suit and did you carry a life raft? If so, What was your plan for extracting it from the RV in the event of a water landing? Time of useful consciousness in frigid waters can be very short.

I agree with everyone that this journey was impressive! Van's really should put you on their payroll and the EAA should pay you to write a trip article for SPORT AVIATION. Maybe you can become a Northeast representative for Van's. Your adventure inspired me.
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Old 07-15-2017, 08:13 PM
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Time to place bets on where Vlad goes next summer. My guess is Mexico!
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Old 07-15-2017, 08:53 PM
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Time to place bets on where Vlad goes next summer. My guess is Mexico!
Mexico? Pfffttt! That would be too easy. How about Tierra del Fuego!
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Old 07-16-2017, 02:28 AM
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Time to place bets on where Vlad goes next summer. My guess is Mexico!
Vlad has hinted at coming to Australia and next winter (your summer time) there's an opportunity to join a group of us that are planning to circumnavigate this big island, covering around 8000nm over 3 weeks.

We're calling it the Four Extremities Tour, New Guinea to Tasmania, Byron Bay to Monkey Mia. And a lot in between. Not yet confirmed but it's possible this particular journey has never been done before.

Come on down and join us Vlad. N666BK could help us make history.
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Old 07-16-2017, 07:35 AM
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Mexico? Pfffttt! That would be too easy. How about Tierra del Fuego!
For that trip, I recommend Barbara Cushman Rowell's Flying South. A good story, and beautifully illustrated--her husband is (was) noted adventure photographer Galen Rowell.

Sadly, she didn't live to see it in print; she and her husband were killed in a plane crash shortly before its release.
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Old 07-16-2017, 08:31 AM
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Is there an app that shows a map of Vlad's whole trip? I'd love to see that. Amazing.
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Old 07-16-2017, 09:10 AM
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Time to place bets on where Vlad goes next summer.
He could try to beat Bill Harrelson's record: Around the world, over the poles:
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A pilot from Fredericksburg, Virginia, has flown around the world in a single-engine airplane on a route down the eastern side of the Americas, over the South Pole, across the Pacific Ocean, up the West Coast of the U.S. to Alaska, over the North Pole, and home.
Those 20 hr. legs would be a bitch, though...
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