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Day 32: Towards Russia - Again

Jul 22

Written by: Ilpo Juvander
7/22/2013 10:26 PM  RssIcon

For this day there was not going to be anything special planned, just driving ahead to get back home.

I had some miscalculations for distances due to poor planning and seeing what type of roads I was going to be driving so for today I was going to miss my hotel that I had already booked. Some euros lost due to that… But next night I planned to be either in Kursk or in Orel, depending how fast I would get through from Ukraine – Russia border crossing.

So on the road again at 07:00 with no other breakfast but a bottle of water.

Road from Melitopol was in excellent condition and after 400 km and 4½ hours later I started approaching border. And I also started to see some clouds and just some 50 kilometers before the border I needed to put on rain suite as it started raining.

Rain stopped quite fast, but there were still some drops coming every now and then so I kept the rain suite on for the rest of the day.

Border crossing was normal, in an hour I was in Russia again. As I had good time left decided to switch target city directly from Kursk to Orel.

Some water still came down which kept me kind of wet.

But once I got to Orel it was no longer raining and I also managed to find hotel quite easily. Some old hotel that had seen some better days… But it was still quite ok to stay for a night.

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Once I got to the hotel it took few minutes before I heard someone speaking to me – in Finnish! This man turned out to be Russian, but had been a football coach 2 years in Kemi and knew some Finnish.

He helped me to check-in into the hotel and also came to show the room I was about to get. Would not have guessed that I would met someone speaking Finnish in this area where they barely speak any English either.

After getting bike parked behind the hotel in guarded parking a quick shower and to find food.

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Just as I have learned that Pectopah means restaurant where to get food, everything in this center area was all about café this and café that, but managed to find a place where I got pizza and they also had menu in English. Excellent.

Some walking around the city before getting back to the hotel.

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This place must have or have had some bigger events judging form the megaphone's found all over the place on it. There was many just like this one:

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Todays driving was 785 kilometers almost directly to north and I was already feeling the cold. At lowest it was only 13 degrees Celsius…

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Total for the trip is now 10674 kilometers.

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Tomorrow I would be meeting Harri again – same guy that was escorting me on the first day to Russia – and we would then continue together back to Finland.