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... 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 ...
... Cuerel, driver of the red Porsche 356, car 49, which broke its crankshaft
is with the car in a workshop in town and is hoping that the spares that have
arrived will enable the car to be repaired in time for our re-start out of here
on Monday morning.The best of the day was saved for last though, as we arrived
in the hotel preparations were afoot for a wedding and by the time crews had
settled down for a refreshing drink the ceremony was fully ...
The road took us deeper into Russian territory and we felt pretty good about it. The roads became poorer and poorer, to the point where we felt like we had arrived in a third world country. The going got tough and was surely proving to be a test of things to come.
Another night was spent wild camping and Anna was really getting more comfortable with the idea. Lack of options precluded any discussion anyways, shady road side motels were few ...
... loud music. Upon looking out we saw a car driving through the field of grain and playing loud traditional Russian music. It circled the field once they stayed in a distant corner for a while before disappearing as suddenly as it had appeared. There were no houses within at least 800m of us.
When we reached Kochubeevskoe David found the school where the teachers D and L had met used to work. It was being used during the ...