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Travel Blogs from Samara
... production. There was a long boardwalk along the Volga with rollerbladers and segways that made for some good people watching. After a missed streetcar stop and a long walk through the outskirts we made it back to the hotel and will be heading toward the city of Ufa tomorrow and maybe beyond. If you haven't looked at a map recently maybe check one out to get a sense for how large Russia really is. Driving across it really brings that ...
... was again purring away, and
driving through the streets back to the hotel, fit to go for the rest of the
event…. Phil Cuerel looking very happy.
Looking more glum was Lars Rolner, driver of car 8, the big Bentley which had
been third-overall in the early days of the event, and even more glum was
Annette, who broke down in tears when it was realised that the axle problems
were so severe the car now needs to be trucked ...
... sandwiches were the popular lunchtime
choice of drivers at the passage-control run by Paul Heal and Ed Rutherford.
Some of the Russian truck drivers however tucked into spinach pasties which
looked equally delicious. Tomorrow we’ll look them out on the menu.
Going particularly well today was Rod Wade in the Model A Ford, Phil Burgen’s
Volvo, Mike and Peter Armstong in the Dodge, and Hans-Peter and Marc Schaerli in
their VW Beetle.
The road to Samara proved in a better state, yet the traffic increased tenfold. Trucks everywhere...we arrived late in Samara having failed to locate a good campsite outside of town. The LP recommended Hotel Volga which proved a disappointment and ripoff at 75€ a night. This hotel was an old Soviet style place, all but foresaken, unfriendly staff and shabby rooms. But we didn't care and tried hard to imagine the place in its grander days.
... lanes, one each way we discovered later. Even on the dual carriageway sections the traffic is extremely heavy. Most of the vehicles are Russian trucks which means they are slow on inclines and belch out vast amounts of black smoke.
When you come to a place where the road narrows into just one lane as we did, the traffic backed up for hours. The dual carriageway had a wide, but steep medium strip and a wide gravel verge on the other ...