hi all we are in Kuzan got here last nite after some big days riding after Omsk ,,Kuzan looks to be a nice city 1 million people and is on the Volga has a nice 15th century fortress that looks interesting to explore later
Wots happened just before we left Omsk many days ago we found a note on our bikes in front of the hotel[you pay the security guards to look after your bikes] the note was from alexi a local biker so we met had chai and a chat about bikes and left .2 rainy days riding saw us in Tymen ,riding in the rain here is something else the roads are so dirty we get covered in muck and the roads are so bad they are furrowed where all the trucks run and its like riding in a furrow very tricky in the rain and of course the spray from the trucks is really bad.
At lake Baikal we met Ugeeni who said come stay with him so we went to his place ,he said stay at my hotel it was a russian camp chalet type place on a lovely river banya sauna resturant very nice thanks Ugeeni and his daughter Katia who goes to school in Switzerland and speaks very good english.Ugeeni employs 1000people and is doing it tough in the ecomomic climate over here as interest rates are about 18%
From Kamensky we crossed over the Ural Mts which is the division between Europe and Asia they really are just rolling hills not anything like the Alti mts which were much more dramatic [the Urals stetch from the Caspian sea to the Artic and are much higher further north],,Took us to days riding to get through the Urals one night we stayed at a quaint little hotel in a little village by a lake no showers so we swam in the lake instead.The next night it was getting late cold 10 degrees couldnt find a place to satay was like a bit grim tent in the rain.
Then i spied a alpine looking building a couple of ks from the road turned out to be a russian ski resort 6 story hotel the best accom so far[we didnt want to leave] the mt here is about half the height of smiggins holes but they i skate and cross country too.
Cold windy ride with lots of trucks and black cars [more about that later] into Kazan we are staying here 3 nites as we are only 800ks from Moscow now and we are both over the bike travel thing,,,those of you who ride will know the issues involved we have done it now for 16000ks 2 months living on the road ,different bed each nite,eating from cafes with strange food basically we have nearly travelled half of the world
Heading to Moscow soon will be there in about 5 days 4 or 5 days there then off to st petersburgh for 5 days then out of russia to Helsinki see my newphew Jarad drink some beers with him then off to London where i will catch up with Anthony Wood
More internet from now on so expect to see more soon love to all esp my kids cant wait to see you