High and dry. Between Fushiki, Japan, and Vladivostok, Russia, we crossed the Sea of Japan on the Antonina Nezhdanova--a Russian boat that carries millions of dollars' worth of Russian Mafia automobile shipments each year. There's a huge demand for cars in Russia, and a huge surplus of old cars in Japan an ideal business opportunity. I had decided that the Russians should be encouraged in their new found capitalism until the newly capitalist crew demanded $50 to winch my bike on board! All of a sudden, I found myself wishing they'd remained a bit more Communist.