Travel Blogs from Samara
... tonight is a shipping facility. The landscape today shifted from endless corn and sunflower fields to more rolling hills and birch/pine forests. The city of Samara is much like the rest of the Russian cities we've seen with endless apartment buildings, tons of power lines and monuments all over. Anthon, Kurt, Steve Smith and Matt took a streetcar downtown to explore tonight and saw the monument to Samara's involvement in ...
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 ...
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A Hot Day to Samara
A hot day crossing rolling green pastures of the Russian Steppes brings us to
Samara – a day off tomorrow, and we are in a particularly comfortable hotel.
Today was all about a blend of gravel tracks and main roads with several stops
at road-side cafes for stamps from the time-keeping team, with a particularly
welcome surprise… today saw the little blue Renault 4 of ...
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 ...
... late in the evening and we had a cooling downpour of rain to end the day.
An even hotter day followed as we drove north to the Buddhist enclave of Elista. The rain had put a stop, temporarily to the grain harvest and we passed many combine harvesters standing idle waiting for the grain and the ground to dry out.
Before reaching Elista we had run out of the agricultural belt and were in semi desert. The town is quite ...