Travel Blogs from Togliatti
... large!) hill for the view, magical looking back over the river and down the valley. Lunch was at a local cafe as not a lot open being a Monday. We then walked through the village, most of the places are used for summer houses, many with extensive veggie patches. We did meet some locals who live in the village permanently, their timber home a little worse for wear and their goats a little frisky! Cathy was having a nice chat with one of ...
I think I have pretty much covered off on the train journey from Aralsk to Samara in my previous posts....meeting the locals, drinking beer in the dining cart, breaking down the language barriers etc. We arrive in Samara late in the evening and make our way to our lovely hotel. Very comfortable, clean and most importantly a great shower! Known from 1935 ...
... 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 ...