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Red Ink Town: riding through rain-filled avalanches

Red Ink Town: riding through rain-filled avalanches

K JohnsonJan 17, 20131 Comment

K Johnson rode through treacherous mountains in Georgia, with constant mini-avalanches and rain pouring down, in search of the town of Vardzia. Too bad there are two Vardzias in Georgia ...

Red Ink Run: moonshine at 9am, welcome to Georgian hospitality

Red Ink Run: moonshine at 9am, welcome to Georgian hospitality

K JohnsonJan 10, 20136 Comments

After a ten-day boat ride -- that was supposed to take four -- K Johnson arrived in Georgia, the Caucasus country with the best food. As long as you can handle a shot of booze with breakfast ...

Red Ink Run: Iraq and a hard place

Red Ink Run: Iraq and a hard place

K JohnsonDec 12, 20124 Comments

Red Ink Run: Tanks for the memory -- part 2

Red Ink Run: Tanks for the memory -- part 2

K JohnsonNov 26, 2012

Red Ink Run: Tanks for the memory -- part 1

Red Ink Run: Tanks for the memory -- part 1

K JohnsonNov 22, 2012

K Johnson went traipsing through Nagorno-Karabakh, a de-facto state closely allied with Armenia, and a mighty thorn in the side of Azerbaijan who will refuse any traveller entry to their country if they show evidence of having been there.

Red Ink Run: Crimea, the Russian Riviera

Red Ink Run: Crimea, the Russian Riviera

K JohnsonOct 18, 20121 Comment

Crimea is a beach holiday destination for many from the former USSR, but it's the site of a former nuclear power plant that most captured K Johnson's attention -- and frustration.

Red Ink Run: Twenty-three and a half hours in Transnistria

Red Ink Run: Twenty-three and a half hours in Transnistria

K JohnsonOct 5, 20123 Comments

Transistria, a breakaway republic located between Moldova and Ukraine, only allows a 24-hour tourist visa. K Johnson spends his 24 hours wondering how such a eerie country can be so well-off compared to its neighbours.

Red Ink Run: Czech yourself before you wreck yourself

Red Ink Run: Czech yourself before you wreck yourself

K JohnsonSep 19, 20121 Comment

When crossing from Germany into the Czech Republic you notice a marked decrease in the quality of the road’s surface. It's a bumpy journey for all sorts of reasons.

Red Ink Run: from Riga with love

Red Ink Run: from Riga with love

K JohnsonSep 13, 2012

This was underground Riga, in the literal sense of the word underground. We had come down, out of the rain, into this ex-Soviet bunker, through the massive blast door and into a foyer. There was a constant, all pervasive smell of gun powder in this facility.

Red Ink Run: playing with nuclear bombs in Bunker 42

Red Ink Run: playing with nuclear bombs in Bunker 42

K JohnsonAug 8, 2012

The building is little more than a façade and houses a massive dome used to shield the entrance of an underground military complex from a nuclear strike on Moscow.