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Travel Blogs from Samara
We made it to Samara today. It's special stop for Matt and Steve Wilcox because Steve's daughter-in-law served an LDS mission here and named her first daughter after the city. We arrived around 3 and already had a reservation which meant we saved the hour that we usually spend wandering around the city and running into hotels that don't have room for us. So far we've stayed in hotels that share property with zoo surplus animals, a ...
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Rest and Repairs in Samara
Our rest-day has seen most of us out in the sun today, either working in the
car-park or at a nearby workshop, where over a dozen cars were seeking attention
this morning. The red Porsche 356, having had spare parts flown in, saw a
morning of work at the back of a dark and greasy old shed finishing off the
rebuild of its engine, and soon ...
... with puncture-gremlins, three today, making the total now 11.
Their regular jack is also busted and the car was raised on an exhaust jack. We
noticed that the ribbing inside the tyre had left marks on an inner-tube –
perhaps suggesting some friction going on here weakening a warm inner-tube. A
frustrating time on a hot day, with other Bentleys having driven into Samara
puncture-free, which is something of a puzzle.
Bowls of hot Borsch and ...
... next day we walked around Samara, went to a Blini place and had a real dinner by the Volga river side. The brewery was of course also visited and our 1,5l water bottle filled from the tap for 1,5€. In the mean time we had also found a nice hostel with private rooms for the second night.
All in all, Russia was a nice enough place but we were happy to hit the road again and finally get the hell out of dodge/Europe.
The next morning we bid ...
... yellow sunflowers Lyn’s ever seen. Not massive seed heads like on the Darling Downs: Then we came into a really dry and dusty region before reaching Rostov-on-Don which is again very flat and intensively farmed with all the above crops, along with lots of potatoes and some tomatoes in plastic greenhouses. There are several huge dams on the Don river and we crossed some irrigation canals as we drove through the rural areas after we ...