Travel Blogs from Togliatti
... tonight is a shipping facility. The landscape today shifted from endless corn and sunflower fields to more rolling hills and birch/pine forests. The city of Samara is much like the rest of the Russian cities we've seen with endless apartment buildings, tons of power lines and monuments all over. Anthon, Kurt, Steve Smith and Matt took a streetcar downtown to explore tonight and saw the monument to Samara's involvement in ...
... 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 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 ...
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. ...