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 ...
... 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 ...
... next day we walked around Samara, went to a Blini place and had a real dinner by the Volga river side. The brewery was of course also visited and our 1,5l water bottle filled from the tap for 1,5€. In the mean time we had also found a nice hostel with private rooms for the second night.
All in all, Russia was a nice enough place but we were happy to hit the road again and finally get the hell out of dodge/Europe.
The next morning we bid ...
... that the more impatient car and small truck drivers would drive along these edges and overtake the more patient ones calmly waiting. They would then force their way into the queue when a barrier or stream blocked their path.
The countryside had been fairly flat then we came into more rolling hills. We were well into the agricultural belt with large (10’s of hectares) fields of wheat, barley, rape, and sunflower mostly. ...