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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/7/2016 9:28 PM
Distance to home: 1212 km, estimated day of arrival: 8.7.2016

Woke up really early little before 04:00. Had not changed my wristwatch to local time and thought that it was already time to wake up, alarm was about to go off at 06:00 as usual. Took a while until I realized what time really was and could not get to sleep anymore so decided to start doing my morning activities.

Little before 06:00 I was ready again and started moving towards bike. When getting out from the room I thought that some other guest was also about to leave, but no, it was the lady from the reception that had slept in a room next to mine and was looking really sleepy! Not probably her best time to wake up… Place was totally locked so without her I would not have got out from there.

But little after 06:00 I was ready to ride again, sun was shining and temperature was really nice 18 degrees.

I had set my goal to drive to either St. Petersburg or...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/6/2016 11:30 PM
Distance to home: 2227 km, estimated day of arrival: 8.7.2016

Day started normally after a good night sleep. Packed my things and decided to take the morning coffee somewhere on the way.

Bike waiting nicely by the parking, some cars had already left. Weather did not look that promising, dark clouds everywhere.

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By 7:30 I was on the road again.

Road was in quite bad shape in the beginning, but eventually got better again.

After driving some 200 km it started raining quite heavily and I stopped to put rain suite on. Next stop was for fuel.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/5/2016 9:30 PM
Distance to home: 3231 km, estimated day of arrival: 9.7.2016

For the morning had nothing else to do but to pack. Was planning to have combined breakfast and lunch later on in some café.

Many trucks had also stopped for coffee as well, probably some of them also slept over there.

By 07:30 I was riding again.

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Weather was really nice, some 20 degrees in the morning and it warmed up to 24 degrees during the day.

Had stop for fuel again, this time got an full tank.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/4/2016 9:45 PM
Distance to home: 4225 km, estimated day of arrival: 9.7.2016.

Had an really good night sleep, first time on this trip I woke when my alarm went on. Or then I was just really tired…

This time I would even get an breakfast from the hotel! On the way there checked the bike and it was just fine.

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Very nice little breakfast room, I could easily think of being somewhere in western Europe and not far away in Russia.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/3/2016 9:21 PM
Distance to home: 5247 km, estimated day of arrival: 9.7.2016.

Started morning as usual by 06:00, packed everything and got outside to the bikes.

Polish bikers were also packing their bikes and during the night two Russian bikers were also joined us on this same place.

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By 07:30 I was ready to ride again and started moving towards Novosibirsk.

Again plan for today was just to drive as far as I could and no real route planned as there is only one big road going west from here.

After driving some 100km I started looking for...
By Ilpo Juvander on 7/2/2016 9:12 PM
Distance to home: 6234km, estimated day of arrival: 10.7.2016.

Woke up very early and was very tired. Music played at least until 04:00 very loudly from downstairs and I did not manage to sleep that well, not even with earplugs on as whole house was vibrating as they played it so loudly.

By 07:00 I was scheduled to leave anyhow as hotel was paid only until that.

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Weather felt little cold so I put inner jacket on again so that I would not freeze on the way.

Road around lake Baikal was really nice to drive, partially new road.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 7/1/2016 9:19 PM
Woke up early, nobody else was up yet when I started breakfast and trying if internet was any better when everybody was still sleeping.

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These guys from Germany had done similar tour I did back in 2010, so via Iran and then the Stans. Now they were flying back home and putting their bikes in cargo.

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