Put the birthday card on the front of my bike to remember Savi's kind thoughts.
Just after filling up at this service station the card came loose and is now somewhere in the Russian steppe.
Today we have covered 320 miles in a long day that ended in the last hour with cold and rain.
The roads are very very straight and long and can be very boring.
We had to stop at one point just because one of the group was starting to get sleepy and couldn't shake it off.
We stopped early in the day at a place at the side of the road where a woman had one of these local wood heaters and was selling tea and pancakes. They were absolutely delicious.
We have stopped this evening at a roadside hotel (I use that word loosely) which has provided the smallest towels we have ever seen (450mm x 300mm) and to compound matters Geoff accidentally soaked his towel with his dirty washing and had nothing to dry himself. He tip toed back to his room that he was sharing with Frank just holding his wet washing to cover his modesty. Frank was laughing at him and saying you will get arrested if you walk about like that and when Geoff turned to close the door a woman who was walking past at that moment looked in and got a full eyeful.
The place we are staying at has a shooting lodge feel to it with stuffed animal heads mounted on the walls.
The bikes are in a secure garage at the back of the hotel all in amongst the owners washing.
In talking to a local in the hotel car park he said that Siberia is very wet after all the floods there has been. We are now starting to get very worried about what the road conditions will be like in Mongolia and on the BAM road in Siberia.
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