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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 ...
... took some five hours, I think and we were close to desperation as we just sat there with no ventilation, sun streaming in the windows and everyone barely able to cope.
When we finally got away, we first stopped at a bridge over the Ural River at Orenburg, 1853km, guarded by an armed soldier and a Gt Dane on a long wire. Out the other side we saw people enjoy the local bathing spots on this hot summer's day.
The rest of the day was ...
... of registration. On the 5th hotel I give in and just look for anything with a name in English. Thought Holiday Inn was cheap, it’s not and despite having a very nice room Im not happy handing over £165 for the nights stay.
Samara is famous for building rockets and so feeling very guilty that im not looking round these cities I make the effort in the morning to find a ...
... lang ersehnter) Restaurantbesuch. Schliesslich werden wir von Sascha, Tibos Couchsurfer, freundlich aufgenommen. Fuer die Maenner steht noch ein bisschen mehr Stadtbesichtigung, am naechsten Tag auch russisches Kino am Programm. Mich zwingt Husten, Schnupfen, Heiserkeit zu daheim bleiben, Bett und Tee mit Honig.
Weiter sollte es gehen Richtung Perm mit anschliessender Wanderung im Ural. Ich entscheide mich allerdings fuer eine Woche gesund ...