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December 13, 2002

Austin Stories

From: Austin Chronicle, TX - 13 Dec 2002

Vladmir Yarets is not your typical bearded guy begging for money on the Drag. A deaf-mute from Minsk, Belarus, Yarets has traveled across the former Soviet Union, Europe, Africa, and the Americas on his sticker-adorned Jawa 350 motorcycle, and is aiming for a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Since arriving in Florida in June, Yarets has already sped through 21 states; he landed on the Drag on Dec. 2 with photos and maps documenting his travels for curious passersby. He communicates through photos, notes written in Russian, and his placards, which have been translated into several languages.

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