Another Hotel > Ulan Ude 291km
We have found the roadworks ,the road from Chita to Ulan Ude is a work in progress. The work goes for quite a long stretch and that’s fine when we are on our own and can choose our speed, as it was today, but coming out of Chita we joined a line of traffic and of course the trucks go soooo slowly. At one point I stopped just for a a little bit (otherwise the cars behind would get impatient) and then could use a bit more throttle to get through the sand, was much easier.
According to Google Translate, one of our options for lunch today was Herring on Fur – sound tempting? 🙂
The architecture is changing and so are the people – in this area we are seeing Russian, Chinese, and now Mongolian.
I really like Ulan Ude, it just seems cleaner and calm. We arrived early, checked straight into our hotel – Khutorok, a nice place reasonably close to town, $35/night inc breakfast – then went for a good walk.
Love the wooden engraved detail, and all the colour
Lenin (and Charlie)
On our second day we took a ride out to Lake Baikal which is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, containing more water than all the American Great Lakes together. What a great ride out, loved it. Spent some time enjoying the moment then turned around and came back, 287km round trip.
The water was very cold
So tomorrow we head south to a small border town and not sure what wifi we will have so some thoughts:
We have enjoyed:
the landscape whether it was flat in the south or more hilly in the north, the massive tilled paddocks, or different types of trees lining the road
the temperatures whether we were riding in snow at -5, or mid 30’s with all our vents open – (this is the rainy season and we have had very little rain)
the roads whether they were new, had plentiful potholes even ones dug by the roadworkers not yet filled, or feeling like we had hexagonal wheels because the surface was so bad
the generosity of strangers and the conversations with no common language
the emptiness – lack of traffic on the road once we left the cities, few villages
and oh so much more.
we have LOVED riding through Russia !!
And soon we will be in Mongolia.