Mongolia or Bust

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Mongolia or Bust
In this, the third instalment, Ian and Juliet contemplate the vastness of Russia whilst passing through Siberia, Mongolia is now in sight
Ian Pegram

Getting to grips with the sheer size of Russia takes some doing. As well as running two Sat Navs, a Garmin InReach and a compass, we also carry paper maps for wherever we’re going, Europe takes one map, Mongolia takes one map, Russia takes four maps!

Because of our visa limitation of thirty days, we were forced to head east, then north through Siberia across country to lake Baikal, the biggest freshwater lake in the world. Coming out of Moscow we headed east via Nizhniy Novgorod and Kazan, for Naberezhnyye Chelny, a massive gas and electric generating area. It’s here we begin to realize how much Russia has in the way of natural resources. We find a beautiful over nightspot by a lake and what I can only describe as a Hobbit village, with its own church and lakeside buildings, it’s amazingly peaceful.

The next day finds us hunting for another campsite in late afternoon, which leads to our first ‘Adventure’. While I’m driving in late afternoon, I miss the entrance to a lake complex where we were planning to stay. A simple U-turn would sort that, or so I thought.

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