Well it was time to get back on the road, so after saying goodbye to Kostyn who gave me a gift of one of those wooden Russian dolls and also saying goodbye to his eldest daughter, I hit the road, heading for Moscow and North towards the Estonian border.
I felt both sad and nervous at the same time, when you have spent time with really good people it is hard to leave and after nearly four weeks on the road I had got used to staying in one place more than a night.
So off I rode through Nizhni Novgorod heading for Moscow, trying to get back into the groove of the road and navigating and trying not to get killed by the crazy Russian driving! They have to overtake you if in gutless lada's. by the way the Lada is alive an well in Russian and new models are available, should you crave for one!
Well Saturday night the only hotel I pulled into only had a "Junior Suite" available, oh well I suppose I will have to rough it....
After some "Borsch" and a beer, it was off to update this blog and do some admin (washing to you non military people..lol)
The next day Sunday (four weeks on the road so far) I set off North towards St Petersburg, loads of bikes on the road and they all wave, even met a Russian on a 1200GSwhickers and he stopped for a chat and was nearly empty of fuel. So I followed him to the next fuel station to make sure he was ok. I gave him some stickers and he tried to give me some tinned food. I declined as politely as I could.
Found this great Hotel in Valdaj for the night, reminded me of Sweden a lot:
Well that's all for tonight folks, nearly uptodate...