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Old 04-07-2013, 11:41 PM   #31
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Volga is really nice, wide and clean here. Anton is coming with us untill the outside of Balakovo. We are hardly leaving this nice guy here...



Balakovo and around is quite industrialized.



This city signs are generally the best places to have brakes. Usually there is a wide area to park, shadow and a good spot to snap some pics to identify the route. We did not enter Ulyannovsk tho.





Russians are really nice. When they are travelling in this hot times they generally carry frozen water bottles with them. A couple of times they stopped us to give those.



More fairy tale houses...








And we reached Tatarstan!

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Old 04-09-2013, 04:49 AM   #32
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We had a pleasant ride and reached Kazan.



And we even managed to find our friends house in this big city. Seems like whole Kazan is under construction because they will have Universiade in 2013.

This is the block where our friends live.



Fortunately we managed to fit the big boy in the entrance as we will stay here two nights.



We were not tired at all (550 kms a day doesn't mean much anymore ) so we went out to see the city by night.

Kul Serif Mosque and the walls of Kazan Kremlin.



And more photos from the next day.

















Kul Serif Mosque by day..



And some details inside...



This tower is leaning to the rigth a little.



Inside Kazan Kremlin









We spend a great time with our friends Zuhre&Bugra...



and we are off to Nizhny Novgorod.


Here is Kazanka where Volga River gets wide around Kazan.



Very nice place with those pine trees around.



In Russia almost every entry/exit of a city or a region there are checkpoints. We had no problem anywhere, sometimes they just looked at our passports and thats it. Those checkpoints look like this.



As you can see we have only 343 kms to Nizhny Novgorod which seems like a piece of cake. We really got used to ride long in this trip. Russia is a huge country!

But the road was very crowded at some parts...





and very clean at other parts.



And early in the afternoon we reach to Nizhny Novgorod.



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Old 04-09-2013, 10:43 AM   #33
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Hello, I remember you, two person, white helmets and big KTM. There was slow traffic and you drive faster me. World is small

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Old 04-09-2013, 05:51 PM   #34
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Hello, I remember you, two person, white helmets and big KTM. There was slow traffic and you drive faster me. World is small

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Hello Vasar, yes this is a small world.

When putting this photo, I was thinking if it is you in the photo but I wasn't sure. It could be somebody else but I think I am sure now.

BR from us..
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:56 AM   #35
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Really, great report

We will plan same route with my wife next june. I want to ask two question.

1- Do you think, June is right time for this route ?

2- Do you have suggestions for the combination of two people, two cyles for Russian country ?

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Old 04-10-2013, 06:40 AM   #36
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Really, great report

We will plan same route with my wife next june. I want to ask two question.

1- Do you think, June is right time for this route ?

2- Do you have suggestions for the combination of two people, two cyles for Russian country ?

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Thank you, I am glad you like it.

1. I don't see any problem with June. In one perspective it can be even better for the hot parts of the country. But at the same time it can be a little more rainy for the Caucasus part. We had enough rain too, I think you'll be allright.

2. Well, numbers no matter I think. Having a second bike has advantages though. We had no problems with police or people at all. I had only two funny occasions with police in the end, I'll tell later.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:56 AM   #37
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I'll tell later.
I'm looking forward to your next story
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:08 AM   #38
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Nizhny Novgorod is a beautiful & green city. It is interesting as well. Not long ago it was prohibited to the foreigners to enter the city or anly with some special permits. During the cold war period this place was the place where Russians collect their scientist etc. Even today there are some parts of the city which you can not enter as a foreigner, I think.





Cabins over Volga River.











This is Ekaterina, our host in Nizhny Novgorod. We also owe a big thank to her.



How is my medieval helmet? Nizhny Novgorod souvenir, don't ask me the corelation, I dont know.

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Old 04-10-2013, 07:26 AM   #39
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Next day we drove to Moscow. Hustle and bustle!



There are looong ring roads all around Moscow and it is quite a riding.







Here we stayed 3 nights with my childhood friend. He has been living in Moscow for about ten years as the managing director of a Turkish company.

And we did mostly the tourist stuff here.









I even tried this tricky counter steer bicycle.



My friend Osman.





Park Pobedy







And one more obligatory Moscow shot. Moscow Metro.



Matruska frenzy.









A shopping mall next to the Red Square.











Bus stop.



One of the Seven Sisters of Stalin.



And every evening bikers are gathering here.



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Old 04-10-2013, 07:45 AM   #40
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Looks like a wonderful trip ! Thanks for sharing it with us !
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:54 AM   #41
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:50 AM   #42
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:11 PM   #43
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Nice report and pics - thanks
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:54 AM   #44
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Great RR thank you for sharing, this is a part of Europe I have never been to. I should start planing now.
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:00 PM   #45
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Such excellent pictures! I would love to go and really get to see the country, meet the people and learn more about their way of life - it contrasts so much with the U.S. in so many ways, but it's also so similar in so many.

Thank you for the inspiration!
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