Patiently sitting and watching his mother… Photo taken with a Huawei P30 phone… Yes people, throw your DSLR in the trash.

Sailing Markermeer

My daughter is an experienced sailer. A few weeks ago, while sailing in Friesland, she spotted a sailboat for sale. She knows market prices and it took her less than five minutes to make, what she thought, a good deal. And she was right. It needs some minor repairs, a little paint here and there and she has installed an autopilot, but otherwise this boat is nice. Perfect one cylinder diesel, it goes plop-plop-plop.

Location reporting with OsmAnd

Is it possible to report your location from OsmAnd? Instead of using dedicated equipment for navigation such as a Garmin eTrex or something comparable, I use a smartphone. A phone I will have with me anyways, so it saves me bringing another piece of equipment. Also a phone usually has a much better interface than the Garmins, it integrates better with other navigation stuff such as websites where I download tracks or Google KML files that I get via email.

GPS navigation on the bike

Biking long distances means you will need some kind of navigation aid. Paper maps are mostly gone except as a backup measure. Some people use TomTom-like systems specially designed for bikes, but nowadays you don’t need these special tools anymore: your smartphone will do just fine. And it doesn’t have to be the latest 700 euro supersmartphone, personally I use a Samsung Galaxy S4 from 2013 which my kids say is antiquated.

Cowbarn near Khabarovsk

Cow barn near Khabarovsk. Outside -25 degrees Celcius. Inside -5 degrees? I didn’t measure, but it felt very warm.

Vladivostok, some more remarks

Some more remarks I had zero problems with my bike. The Shimano gear system worked flawlessly, absolutely faultless. I remember going to France when I was 16 years old with the old metal shifters on the frame and I was worried that the modern plastic clicky things are too fragile and complicated and easily break. Not so! The Shimano system worked perfect in the cold. Not one single hickup.

Train to Vladivostok

24 January 2015 At nine in the morning the camera crew knocked on the door. They did a small interview, we made one shot outside, and that was it. The result was shown on Ussuriysk TV, I think it was a local station. The result is here: Lenin in Ussuriysk I had told them I would not bike all the way to Vladivostok, so after the interview I went to the train station and took the train to Vladivostok.


23 January 2015 Bike ride Sibirtsevo-Ussuriysk, 80 kilometers. This was the longest trip, but I figured that if I would leave a little earlier I could make it. However, it turned out to be cold, really cold. This was the coldest day so far, below -30º Celcius. Because of cold feet I had to walk a lot, and it took me three hours to cover the first ten kilometers. This was not going well.


22 January 2015 Bike ride Spassk-Dalny-Sibirtsevo, 55 kilometers. In this video I say that the temperature is -10º Celcius, but -10 was where the thermometer readout on my speedometer stopped, it could not indicate anything colder. Actually it was about -20º Celcius, but still quite comfortable. Cold So far I had only seen two other bikes: one man riding a bike in a suburb of Vladivostok, and a young guy riding a bike in Pereyaslavka.