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... By the way, never had a puncture yet! There are few other things needed, to be ready when I am travelling in real "nomansland".
Will post you more about this place tomorrow .
Stage 24 Glazov to Kukushtsa(near Perm) 120km. 24/8
stage 25 Kukustha to ? 190km. 25/8
Stage 26 ? To Yekaterinburg 150km. 26/8
... Yekaterinburg was renamed Sverdlovsk in his honour. When the Germans invaded Russia in 1941, much of the USSR’s key heavy manufacturing, particularly arms production, was shifted from European Russia to safety east of the Urals. For this reason, Sverdlovsk became a closed city to foreigners and remained such until after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The fate of the Romanovs remained a Soviet state secret.
Enter Boris Yeltsin, the ...
... were arriving, and they were asleep after a hard day. When we got in and went to sleep, then, I was surprised when I heard cat noises in the middle of the night, and a bit freaked out when I looked over to see the little girl standing up and looking around. Not quite as freaked out as Ciaran, who had the bunk next to them, with a nightlight shining in his face which woke him up, at least once to find small girl staring. Still, no snorers and a comfortable place to stay in a lovely ...
... the soviet period here which have not been pulled down.
We discovered that this is not a tourist town as we were not able to find a souvenir shop anywhere!! So Steve had to wait until we hit the train station again to buy his souvenirs!!
We decided that we would stock up for the train this time as we have 3 days ahead of us!! So off to the supermarket we went. We got everything we needed and then went to pay. We were then told off at the till ...
... we get away from Moscow.
In the early morning we are joined by Michael. During the day he tells us his lifestory, which we found was very interesting. Michaels parents were relocated during the communist time when his father was about 7 years old. They had to make room for planned (kolchoz-es) (Communist mega-farms) in the Volga-river-area. All in all his father was one of the 30.000 people, only from Volga-area alone, that were relocated ...