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Old 08-30-2010, 01:55 PM   #11
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Day 3
It wasn't easy to get up

Erik started to repair inner tube he destroyed yesterday

I tried to catch fish, but without success

Raul was writing what happened yesterday

Anton was just walking around

It wasn't early when we hit the road again
We needed fuel, so next stop was fuel station. Usually in Russia you have to pay first and tank after, and they expect you to say how many liters you want. What "full tank"? So we ended up just requesting to switch on pump and refueling all bikes at once and somebody just pay for all of us. Way faster than explaining the same 6 times in a row.

Now we are on Murmansk highway and we plan to cover as much kilometers of this boring road as we can today. It's not looking good ahead!

Road was sometimes nice and flat but usually quite bumpy. Trucks were moving around 60km/h and the noise they make was just horrible. I think those truck will definately fall apart after one year on this road. There are only fuel stations on this road, no cities, no villages, nothing. You just drive on and on and's boring. During another fuel stop we saw local toilet. It was quite unusual...for us coming from western world.

Another interesting thing is trucks driving around. You normally don't see these trucks in Europe while we have limited length for truck and trailer together. Seemingly not the case in Russia. Maybe half of the trucks were like this.

It was a boring day. During the stops we made some Rev'it commercials too. I'm really happy with my suit.

We were driven more than 400km on that road until we hit magical mark. 1000th kilometer! How often you can see this? Estonia is around 300km across, so at least for us it was something unusual.

Evening came and we had something like 450km behind us today. Usual visit to local shop, this time in Loukhi.

We found nice place for tonight camp, another beautiful lake. Unusually it was surrounded by fence and with official campsite signs. No more luxuries though, no garbage cans, tables etc. Just more garbages lying around than usually.

Those from us who smoke bought some cigarettes (w/o filter of course!) Belomorkanal (Belomor channel), reminding us old soviet times. Those cigarette packs have not changed in 30 years at all!

There's a joke about Aeroflot pilots too. One pilot is asking from another during flight: "did you bring maps with you?" - "No" - "Deamned, again we have to use Belomor cigarette pack!"
Creative minds - while we didn't have any table there, we quickly made one, it's half-Touratech! Bar is open!

Juho was already preparing supper.

And no fish today

Anton got new mustaches tonight

Russian mafia? No, just Juho smoking Belomor

Today we discovered also, why we didn't hear Anton through radio. He had screwed a little with his headset installation

All in all a quiet evening. We made a light from led headlamp and water bottle. Worked perfectly! Good night!

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