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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by G B, May 2, 2017.
I better start adding some maps this is last 6 days
I and The Korean guy left the Hostel in the morning, I wanted to close to the Russian border but I do not know where the Korean guy was heading and I am not sure in he know it either. The road was good out of the city but when I started the Military road it got more bumpy and the view better
There was a market in this village and the farmers were taking some sheep to the market.
Just before the highest point on the Military Road was people paragliding
Almost on the highest point on the Georgian Military Road, is this monument for peace between Russia and Georgia
The road down to Stepantsminda.
When I came to Stepantsminda I went to Ineza´s Guesthouse. The price was including both dinner and breakfast 50,- LHE. There was one other guest at the guesthouse, a guy from Holland and he had a girlfriend from Iceland.
22-28°C sunny but rain in the afternoon
Went in the morning to the border to Russia. The mountain are very steep and there are often snow and mud slide in this area. Some years ago number of people died in very big avalanche wail waiting at the border.
There was little traffic at the border. I did not need to pay the traffic fine that I got in Georgia some days ago for over taking some slow cars where it was not legal and at the Russian border they did understand that I am on a Business trip in Russia buying an selling MAN trucks, the crossing took less than 1,5 hour, They did fill some extra info into a computer using one finger and the guy that did that was a trainee so there were 2 to 4 guy teaching him. So me crossing was easier than Ian´s see hear: https://www.facebook.com/IanandtheXLR/posts/990440527725783
I found a hotel in Goryachevodsky but no dinner but could buy some bread, cheese and sausage in a marked next door and later it did start raining with thunder .
Went to Elista to day mostly on some secondary roads with less traffic and less police check points. The land is flat farming land and long distance between villages.
The paint the first meter of the trees white even tho the trees are many meters from the road.
In Elista they started fires with lot of smoke in the evening.
Went in to center of Elista to have a look. Elista look different than other cities in this area of Russia, this is from wiki-travel.com: Local population comprised mostly of Kalmyks, Russians, other North Caucasian ethnicities. The Kalmyks have Mongolian origian and live in Russia since over 400 years.
The temple was full of people as there were some religious festival today.
Some photos from the center of Elista.
Thank you for showing us the long straight pieces of road. It really shows the vastness of Russia.
I really enjoy to follow your trip, as you're not riding very comon roads, it changes a lot from the usual reports. Thank you for showing us some beautiful sceneries and countries we don't very often see.
Really enjoying this RR
Appreciate the effort you're putting in!
Loving the narrative and photos of somewhere I'm unlikely to visit
17-27°C rain in the morning, sunny afternoon
It did rain in the morning but around 10 o´clock I could see that there was no rain few km from Elisra. 10 km from the town the rain has stopped
On a corner in town the road was not wide enough for this cars.
The roads that go from the main road look always like this
and therefor they use buses like this.
When coming close to Astrakhan the land is some meters below sea level so this is a dried out salt lake
On the hostel in Astrakhan I met Suzanne and Roger from England, they are also heading to Mongolia, here they are leaving the hostel early in the morning. It was nice to be able to talk to somebody in English about common interests.
Went to have a look at the Kremlin in Astrakhan
At the Kremlin and met this Russian biker gang.
This malt drink is sold every where in this part of Russia.
There is also big marked in Astrakhan
Started from Astrakhan just after 8 pm, it took some time to find a ATM to get some rubles but after that I headed to Kazakhstan. I vent over this floating bridge and it cost ca 45 rub.
After that over to Kazakhstan, the border crossing was not a problem but there were LOT of small flies at the border. Most of the border people had mosquito nets, I got from one of the Kazakhstan border guard some stuff you put on your face that keeps the flies away.
After that it was the Road from Hell to Atyrau and I came to Atyrau at 5 am after one border crossing and after having also lost one hours because of different time zone here in Atyrau
By the road there were camels
Thank you for sharing your travel impressions with us!
I think it needs a lot of awareness to ride on such streets like the one you photographed on your way to Atyrau and can become exhausting when you have to do this for many, many kilometers.
(I am asking this kindly: Is it somehow possible that your camera is making most of the pictures underexposed? At least for my amateurish feeling it looks that way.)
thank you for the write up,i, really enjoying it