Hello Ruskies. We're Here!

Trip Start Jun 03, 2007
Trip End Jul 28, 2007

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Friday, June 29, 2007

More Bloody reindeer. Rode up to Nordkapp at 6am to miss the crowds. Closed till 9am. Bugger! 
Followed the coast up and through some pretty big tunnels. One which went to the Nordkapp Island was filled with fog just to make things interesting.
Met up with our travelling budies for a quick brew on the way back down and carried on passed the herds of reindeer to Kirkenese. Our final stop before Russia. A night here was plenty!
What to write about the border! Hard to say if they were friendly or not. They dont smile and there is even a booklet at the border explaining the ins and outs of Russia. Didn't help us. No women were allowed near the bikes during inspection which meant me and Danny were in charge of unpacking and repacking the panniers. Not a wise move. Things never did go back in right!
Apparently I tried to bribe the officer with a badly placed 1 potatoe coin (worth about 0.005 of a penny) Unfortunatly it had got caught in the paper work in one of the many trips between ques at the bank and different offices. After a good waving of the finger and a wry smile from the officer we could continue with a "Thank you Mr Jacob. Enjoy your stay"
I think he was in a good mood but I still can't tell with this lot. JUST SMILE PEOPLE!
If you ever want to feel good about your own way of life. Visit a town called Nickel. Named after the metal they mine there. Well everything is dead within 50 km of here. No birds or trees or anything. Just rock. Over the hill you see some grey concrete buildings and a few people who just stared at you. Please don't break down now!
The changing in road surface was pretty much instant. No more nice curvy well layed roads. This was dirt with lumps of tarseal thrown at it from a large distance. This was going to take awhile.
Petrol is 40p per litre so we have plenty of time riding around getting lost before we run out of money!
Murmansk is one of the larger cities up here. Well the only city up here. I wanna go back to Norway!
Roadsigns are non exsistant here. The few that do appear are in script so look nothing like what is written on our maps!
Lets see what the rest of the country is like.
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