On another day, I was able to ride a Street Glide about two hours to the nearest and most popular beach resort. Even after getting out of the mayhem of in-town traffic, the highway posed its own special challenge. As mentioned before, bikes are supposed to stay in the right lane but at highway speeds, this doesn't seem practical for a 1600cc motorcycle, so again the guys shared some of the left lane occasionally with the four wheelers to keep a practical pace. The infrastructure of most communist countries does not match that of its neighboring, more capitalistic countries so you see a quick change as you leave the main, heavily populated city zones. Traffic control seems nonexistent and many small commercial zones crop out along the highway presenting a need for approaching crossroads with extreme caution as any vehicle or animal is liable to move in any direction at any moment. Generally speaking, the roads are not in good enough condition to speed much faster than 50-60 mph. You also share the road with trucks, farm vehicles, and 50cc motorbikes hauling refrigerators, but as we got closer to the beach, the highway became a multi-lane super-slab lined with trees and dividers. This road is as smooth and straight as any you have been on, allowing for a much faster ride. The resort area itself was extremely well developed with a multitude of modern beachfront hotels, restaurants, coast highway, and landscaping elevating it to what appeared to be world-class standards.
There is so much more to talk about in this new frontier, but hopefully I have sparked an interest to look at it as a possible destination for a visit or at least as a subject for some of your reading and viewing time. With politics, food, entertainment, history, weather, exotic surroundings, modern development, old traditional culture, and so much more that makes for an interesting vacation, I can highly recommend it.