Holiday Inn Samara
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 ...
... where we have our final
rest-day before the final haul to the finish in Paris. The Bentley requires the
differential to be rebuilt. “You have your ups and downs, it’s important to be
philosophical about all this, we have done well… but now have a low-spot, but we
are not giving up, we will be back, we intend to get to Paris,” said Lars this
morning. In the workshop alongside the Bentley we saw Rod Wade and ...
... with water, but was soon motoring again with the help of a Mr Funnel
water separator and a carb’ clean. The Bentley of car 8, Lars and Annette
Rolner, were in deep trouble, and calling for a truck to take them to Samara
after developing wheel-bearing problems. They have been as high as third-overall
in the Vintageant Category, but collected penalties today.
Tony and Lee Strelzow in Car 26, the Derby Bentley drophead, once again was
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.
... that the more impatient car and small truck drivers would drive along these edges and overtake the more patient ones calmly waiting. They would then force their way into the queue when a barrier or stream blocked their path.
The countryside had been fairly flat then we came into more rolling hills. We were well into the agricultural belt with large (10’s of hectares) fields of wheat, barley, rape, and sunflower mostly. ...