Start: N56 13 48.1 E41 44 03.9
Finish: N55 59 35.4 E46 09 28.4 (About 100 km west of Cheboksary – Чебокса́ры)
Distance: 304 km
I had a deep and long sleep last night. I woke up at 5. It was sunny and cold. Really cold. Many truck drivers stood around. As they spoke white condensation formed in front of their mouths. I decided to go to bed for another hour.
There was a 24 hour cafe at the overnight spot. I had two “blingiqi” and coffee for breakfast. That is a sour cream kind of pancake filled with mince. It was good.
Yesterday I passed Vladimir and spent the night about two hours west of Nizhniy Novgorod. I hope to be tonight just west of the city Kazan. I avoid cities. The traffic is mad and life is more expensive there. I don’t need to have people around me every night.
The above I wrote before I left on my ride of today. Well, I haven’t made it past Cheboksary. The reason: Navigation.
Just before Nizhniy Novgorod I missed a turn-off and instead of going around the city I went into the city. From there on it was a slog from traffic light to traffic light. I was a bit hard on me with my verbal abuse for my own stupidity. I got a road out of the city to miss again a turn-off and ended up again in Nizhniy Novgorod.
Isn’t that a beautiful name?
Today I moved more than 4 degrees to the east. Slowly but surely I am getting closer to Siberia.
The KLR is doing fine, I am settling in and get accustomed to the Russian way of doing things. I know in a few months’ time I am going to miss these huge open spaces.
People, don’t forget the reason for this ride! Operation Smile! Thanks for all donations and donations still to come. Who will be the first to donate after this post? That person will get a postcard from me, sent from Russia! Make sure that you put your postal address in the form that you are going to submit on www.naboom2germany.co.za
I have to find a post office for that post card!
Speak to you soon again!