End of the Amur Highway
Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
109Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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Stopped for breakfast, only to discover that we have lost yet another hour! Where are they all going to? Not a particularly eventful day, rooad good mainly, subject to potholes which can spring up without warning. Some are particularly bad, about a foot high and 6 inches deep, right across the road. Others are just nuisance, but will grow if not checked.
Aimed for the hotel as per the sat nav and the guide book - closed! Recommended the Intourist, which seems quite a nice place. Hot showers wifi (charged for!), so we've showeded the past few days dirt off, and now we are ready for anything
Martin's lost moment:
I'm writing this on Sunday but thought all day that it was Saturday.So apart from it being May 1 (a day to be in Russia!),I'll explain what's happened.As Roger will no doubt explain when he puts his header in to the system,we could find no accommodation at all yesterday,not even a suitable camping spot so we pulled in to a layby and slept in the car all night.Again very cold and somewhat cramped but we prepared ourselves better for it.Still had frozen feet until lunchtime.So we drove a record distance yesterday,nearly 700kms but sadly not all towards Vladivostok.We got up early,already dressed and set off hoping,as we did, to knock off the distance to Kabarovsk.We have arrived mid-safternoon Sunday and therefore completed the rather boring Amur highway in four days.We are two days drive from Vladivostok and holding ourselves and Stanley together.We are a bit bushed to say the least and Stanley is showing signs of delapidation.R.H. indicator has packed up now - I think it is to do with steering wheel control.Cannot think about undoing that lot!
So now we have to start preparing ourselves for what needs to be done in Vladivostok which includes thinking about what the car will need for the American leg.Work will need to be done and the issue is who and when.Roger is thoughtfully thinking of going to States to see car safely as far as Karl and Shelagh's but we'll have to give it a thorough going over before next part of journey.
Perhaps Roger doesbn't feel it so much but I carry this fear that something will prevent us just tucking away this last instalment.
I've just checked out next lines in our saga and don't want to put them down on page yet its getting a bit ominous and I don't want any dark clouds thank you.So keep up the thinking - 48 hrs and we should be at the seaside.