Travel Blogs from Samara
... 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 ...
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Rest and Repairs in Samara
Our rest-day has seen most of us out in the sun today, either working in the
car-park or at a nearby workshop, where over a dozen cars were seeking attention
this morning. The red Porsche 356, having had spare parts flown in, saw a
morning of work at the back of a dark and greasy old shed finishing off the
rebuild of its engine, and soon ...
... 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 ...
... between and don't hold much appeal at any rate.
The next day of driving took us through Saratov and here we had made the decision to make a small 200km detour up north to Samara. According to the otherwise useless Lonely Planet it was supposed to be a nice spot with its own brewery and historic downtown area. To get the most out of our Russian visa and for some R&R, the detour seemed like a good idea. Besides, we weren't quite ready yet to give up ...
... is also a toll way in places without any warning and with no viable alternative. We had to pay two tolls each of 55Roubles, that’s slightly less than au$2 for each toll (25-30’ks a section) This route is the main road between Moscow and Sochi where the winter Olympics are to be held in 2014. I expect that they aim to have tolls most of the way by then but they still have a lot of work to do yet as long sections of it are still ...