Travel Blogs from Samara
We made it to Samara today. It's special stop for Matt and Steve Wilcox because Steve's daughter-in-law served an LDS mission here and named her first daughter after the city. We arrived around 3 and already had a reservation which meant we saved the hour that we usually spend wandering around the city and running into hotels that don't have room for us. So far we've stayed in hotels that share property with zoo surplus animals, a ...
to the old-fashioned but simpler and more reliable points-system, fortunately
they were carrying spares, including Keith and Nora Ashworth in the Mercedes
fintail, car 81. The Ford Mustang of car Brian and Chantel Shields was having new bushes fitted
to the front suspension this morning by Owen and Jamie Turner. The Rovers are
now back with us, but after fixing its front suspension, Tony Smyth has had to
have a misfire ...
... 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 ...
... 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 ...