And so the drive through Russia continues, and every day we seem to gain an hour chasing the Greenwich Mean Time. So far we have driven over 1500 km on fairly straight roads, lined with small woods of Silver Birch which seem to die in batches. The land is wet, flat and populated by the biggest, most aggressive Mosquitoes. Lorry after lorry line the road, and due to bad weather some of the off road sections have been abandoned. Everyone is waving and at the end of the day the cars are surrounded by enthusiasts of all ages. That’s fun, and both ‘Appy Angus and the St David’s chicks are distributed across Russia. Nigel and I have almost run out of what to say on politics, gossip, funny engine noises, and a detailed discussion on Birch die off, you can see it’s not stimulating!
In a few days we start to get into more interesting driving, but in the meantime, the most excitement has come from being pulled over by the police so they can photograph themselves with the car. A long running argument between the organisers and a competitor has led to us now being 5th overall and 1st in class, so we will need to push them now. There’s an off road race today so hopefully we can gain the few minutes we need.