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)

Reindeer boots

Central Square

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.



  • Tina

    Did you try the “furry herring” for lunch? Or what did you have?

    June 13, 2017 at 10:37 am
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Haha definitely not! We like soup in the middle of the day, often borscht or something similar, or boozher (not how you spell it but how I remember to say it) a meat dumpling, tasty

      June 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm
  • Warren Pitcher

    Brilliant tagging along with you guys. Zooming in on you GPS track then taking a look via the web we’re all going to see parts of the world we never would have otherwise. Fascinating.

    How are the tiny 250s standing up to the continuous push west? Is there enough service available if you need help on the highway?

    Have fun and linger at those special spots often.



    June 13, 2017 at 1:06 pm
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Hi Warreb Happy to hear you are enjoying it. Some light entertainment while your leg heals 🙂
      We finally have some good wifi so hoping to get another post up soon.
      The bikes are going so very well, we have our service places picked out already from reading previous blogs, so should be no trouble there. They arent complicated so most mechanics would be able to help if needed.

      June 18, 2017 at 10:36 pm
  • Bablofil

    Thanks, great article.

    June 15, 2017 at 4:39 pm
  • Miriam

    Alan and I are finally catching up with your travels and are in wonder of your intrepid spirit. So glad you are loving your adventure. And we do offer our condolences to you, Janet. To lose your mum so suddenly
    must not have been easy while you were so far away. Blessings and safe travels!

    June 18, 2017 at 7:26 pm
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Thank you. It was such a surprise, mum was so well, but feeling better now.
      We are now in Mongolia and have enough wifi to actually get on the internet so trying to get another post up.

      June 18, 2017 at 10:27 pm

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