Thursday, August 24, 2006

Made Irkutsk

I'm finally in Irkutsk. The roads from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk (the "M-53") were much worse than expected... some great stretches, but mixed in with some of the worst roads I've seen on this trip. And lots f railroad crossings (with trains crossing at each one). Pics to come at some point. Caravaning with the new brits (teams Quid Grid and Marco Polo) has been great. They're also good cover through police checkpoints... British plates distract the cops from my crazy Moscow transit tags.

Speaking of transit tags... 95% of the cars on the M-53 going west (against us) were brand new cars with transit tags. It's amazing that it's cheaper to destroy the cars over rutted muddy roads than to stick 'em on a train.

Oh, and big albino mosquitos everywhere. Somehow their albinoness makes them more threatening... I think you can see the stinger better. Anyway, DEET FTW. And despite the annoyances, Siberia is very beautiful.

Now we're off to the Mongolian border, and hopefully to UB tomorrow. We have about 700km to the border, and 350 more to UB. Go Lada go.

p.s. Pot grows wild on the side of the road in part of Siberia. Who would have guessed??? No, I didn't roll it an smoke it. :)

Comments:
VITAMIN B12!!! IT'S SUPPOSED TO KEEP THE MOSQUITOES AWAY. I MISS THEO!!
 
Congrat's Theo. Alex and I are both jelous as hell. Get in touch with me I'm trying to work out your route home.
 
I’ve been waiting for a triumphant “Made It!” post from Theo so I could offer congratulations – but from Cyrus’ post above, it appears that Theo HAS made it but hasn’t had time to announce it on blogspot. So let me congratulate all three of you right here and now, with a little extra thrown in for Theo.

OCHEN HOROSHO!

FELICITATIONS!

GOED GEMAAKT!

FANTABULOUS!
 
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