Travel Blogs from Samara
... 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 ...
runs – Alberto Bessudo and Joanin Bernard are hoping it will all stay together
now for the final charge to Paris. The Bentley of car 6, Daniel and Tony Woodcock, now will be running with only
one headlamp – the second one having fallen off for good. The Mercedes have all
run well so far, but Rob Dominy, one of the sweeper-mechanics, says three have
had trouble with modern electronics inside their distributors 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 ...
... to our host at the hostel. Her parting words were:"I hope more hippies like you come by in the future". So, there you have it, we are now officially hippies on the extended Hippie trail.
The one hour drive to the border went very smoothly and the formalities took less than an hour, a new record! And so we arrived in Kazakhstan, our new home for the next couple of weeks, with over 3000km of road and piste to cover, visas to procure and heat to be endured.
... that she is away visiting her daughter in Pyatigorsk during the holidays. Luba also phoned Victoria, the younger one of the English teachers they had met previously and was told to take us along to Victoria’s home. Victoria was out but her mother was home.
It must have been the weekend for weddings; our visit with Victoria was short because she had to rush off to a wedding in Stavropol but not before treating D and L to a ...