Yerofay Hotel > Another Hotel in the middle of nowhere

Yerofay Hotel > Barakat Hotel 478km > Chita 308km > Another Hotel 369

The hotels above are in the middle of nowhere, its pretty empty up around these parts.  We just hope we find a hotel when we need it and tend to stop early so that we are sure to get a room.

Typical village

Starting to see some animals – mostly cows, some sheep, horses – still no fences and no shepherd, they just seem to roam free

A typical café – they don’t do things like sandwiches it’s always a full meal or soup

The road signs have been counting down to Chita for over 2,000km and we are finally there.

A playground for kids

Getting water supplies

Digging up the road and not an orange cone in sight, the traffic just goes around them

Our typical home for the night – two single beds, communal toilet and showers, bikes parked by the all- night guards, a big truck stop, cafe nearby, about $30/night

Charlie checks the woodpile to see what timber it is – pine and beech

Big tyres




  • Tina

    At least the streetworker wears a high viz vest 😉
    Do you feel comfortable leaving the bikes with the night guards? In Bolivia I’d rather have slept on the bike.
    So, you didn’t take your camping gear, right?

    June 12, 2017 at 11:39 am
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Yes we have all our camping gear but that is a really last resort for Charlie – we have it “just in case”.
      Our first pick is to get the bikes behind gates but that is not available up around the northern parts. We did have them right outside our window until we realised the guys next door moved their car to beside the guards and we didnt even hear it because the walls are so thick. Other times they have been under cameras. We take all our bags inside with us. No Yamahas here so they would soon be spotted 🙂

      June 12, 2017 at 9:55 pm
  • Mike & Kirsten Bryan

    Ha ha…you expect CROWDS? Far out…. bleak landscape you’re in

    June 12, 2017 at 11:48 am
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      There are a lot of Chinese tourists and Russians moving around their country – perhaps crowds isnt the right word – but the rooms are limited and our options are few if we miss out 🙂

      June 12, 2017 at 9:50 pm
  • John Hansen

    Glad to see you’re not missing out on coffee Charlie! ? John

    June 12, 2017 at 12:15 pm
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      The man must have his coffee !! 🙂

      June 12, 2017 at 9:50 pm
  • Hans en Jooske

    Hi Janet & Charlie,

    I’m the Dutch guy you had a small chat with just before you left at your hotel in Vladivostok. We are back home and I finally had the chance to have a quick peek at your website. WOW, I thought we did our share of traveling but I salute you guys. Awesome the trips you make. Funny to read about the big guy starting to speak louder when you didn’t understand his Russian. We had the same experience several times. 😉
    Sorry to read about your mother Janet, it’s one of the downsides of travelling, not being with friends and family when it matters. We know ;-(
    We’ll be following you every now and then. Happy, but more important, safe travels.

    Greetings Hans and Jooske.

    June 12, 2017 at 7:37 pm
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Awesome to hear from you!! Glad to hear you are back home safe but I guess that means back to work – well until the next trip anyway 🙂

      June 12, 2017 at 9:35 pm

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