SIBERIA RUSSIA : Images
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SIBERIA RUSSIA - Back in Russia and the colourful exterior of the simple, and not
so simple, wooden houses you see in the villages and towns; At
the first main town we came to, Rubtsovsk , we managed
to find a small auto-repair business and got Neil's truck repaired - with
the use of a fork-lift they lifted the back-end of Neil's heavy F250 and
belted out the rivets and replaced them with some bolts. The buys were
a great bunch, and very helpful!
Watermelons, like Kazak, were plentiful and delicious and
a great way to quench your thirst; Got to Biysk, and in
the centre of town near Lenin Square (they were in every town!!) found a
fairly big shopping centre with a large supermarket where we stocked up on
supplies. We also found, eventually, a very pleasant hotel where we ‘registered'
again, but it was good to have a flushing toilet and a bed you didn't have
to climb down out of; The wide, walking thoroughfare and gardens just outside
the hotel were a popular spot with the locals in the
cool of the evening.
Now traveling in the Altai Mountains and found ourselves a really good,
secluded camp – our Altai River camp ; The
view along the river from our camp; Another group of Mongul Rally
boys we passed along the road; As we headed on the country
became much more mountainous.
It was a long slow haul to a high pass, passing a typical Russian village
and as we came to another steep climb there was a farmer on a horse-drawn
rake working his fields.
Climbed yet another high Pass and stopped at the top where there were a
few roadside stalls and, a little off the main road, a low-key ski resort; A
local mini van, full of Russian rafters, stopped and admired the vehicles
and wanted their picture taken with Ron, Ron in turn got a picture beside
their van; We passed close to a burial gound and its stone markers,
admired by Gay. The Katun River is very popular with Russian tourists and
Just after passing through Aktash we could see snow-capped
mountains – the first range was the SZevern-Chuyskiy Mountains while behind
them were the taller, barer Yuzhno-Chuyskiy Mountains which straddle the
border between Russia, Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia and reach a height
of 4500metres; We found another nice camp a few km west off the main
road was tucked in amongst a few pine trees between a very turbulent and
River and a small trickle
of a stream that was crystal clear …. and freezing cold!
Tashanta was our last town before crossing the Russia/Mongolia
Border and our last chance for cheap fuel. Gay tried out the fuel station's
toilet which was imply a shed with a hole in the floor over a trench – very
interesting!!! The fuel station's attendant had her kids (well we
think they were her kids) at the station – they were very happy with some
knitted caps (by Helen) and a couple of Koalas; Ron fuels up the jerry
cans as well; There isn't much to a small village fuel station.
A few Mongul Rally cars were at the Russian border – they
had been there for 24 hours or so – the border post only processing 9 vehicles
for the previous day! We got thru in less than 3 hours – well, the Russian
side anyway. Made it to the Mongolia Border, and again joined the queue with
our now new friends from the Mongul Rally. Yet another 4 hour wait.
Bye, bye Russian, again, hello Mongolia!!