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... into piling wood for the winter. There's no shortage. Hour after hour we have trundled through taiga, mile after mile of birch and connifer as far as the eye can see. And raw coal.
You also see the window shutters, some already closed.
Open or closed, the shutters are painted with contrasting hues and carved into geometric patterns: The bright universal blue you see on Greek islands - and everywhere else where poor people want to brighten their lives - ...
... with the lovable pooch sitting on the wet ground.
All the while, on some of the more challenging parts of the highway, the frame we had attached to the front bumper bar to carry the electric bike, Winnie, was starting to ‘tear’ with all the jiggling around from the rough roads.
As we pulled into our nightly stop over in a tyre repair yard, and asked the owner if we could sleep there the night, Des brought the owner over ...
... in contrast to the rundown buildings that fill the rest of the town.
The rain today helped cool down the train from the previously two hot days. It's cool to watch the rain from the train because it makes the scenery look a bit foggy.
Our evening stop had a row of kiosks selling snacks and drinks. They had a Russian beer that some of us split. They sell them in the same big 2L bottles as sodas! It tasted ...
... Siberia (Stalin didn't come up with the Gulag system himself. He just reinstated a tsarist policy. One that he was a part of on several occasions). One of the most famous exiles was Dostoyevsky, exiled after his death sentence for revolutionary activities was commuted. On at least two occasions, he was nearly beaten to death by guards, once for complaining that there was dirt in his soup, the other for saving a drowning man the guard said to let drown. Thankfully my journey isn't ...
... I have spoken to my friend Churchman about this and he said spray the points with a bit of WD40 and it can keep the water out. I did this but went a bit over the top with WD40 and the car then wouldn't start. Eventually got it going, managed to limp into town at which point the exhaust decided to fall off. I had lost a couple of bolts, rattled off, but I managed to improvise and vowed to buy a bag of locking nuts.
When we eventually made it to the hotel we chilled for ...