Towards Mongolia

Kyakhta (Russia), 05.10.2013

With the car checked up, food restocked and clothing cleaned, the time to move to the next adventure was ripe this morning. Weather wasn’t good as I drove out of town, and Irkutsk’s traffic signs drove me mad, but soon after breakfast I was on my way back through the forests towards Ulan Ude. I really hoped the sky would clear up after 10:00 or 11:00, as it so often had, to give me a chance to admire Lake Baykal properly. But I had no luck, the same rough, grey and distant sight as at the first encounter was what I got. Since a strong freezing wind blew and it kept raining, I didn’t leave the car to take pictures and just drove on. Continue reading “Towards Mongolia”


Lake Baykal

Irkutsk (Russia), 03.10.2013

Knowing it would be a short day of just 450km, I took it easy in the morning and slept. Driving tires quite a lot, I never realised it during the day but only in the mornings afterwards, when the alarm rang and it was hard to get up. Packing the car in front of the hotel, a cold wind blew in my face. The sky was clouded and grey, it looked like rain. I hoped to be lucky like the last days in escaping the bad weather after a couple of hours driving and left Ulan Ude quickly. Continue reading “Lake Baykal”

To Ulan-Ude

Ulan Ude (Russia), 02.10.2013

Driving a thousand km a day today finally showed some effect, since weather and landscape kept changing several times, creating a very welcome variety throughout the day. I left the trucker motel in the middle of nowhere as the sun rose behind the forest on the hill to the east. Temperature was below zero and the road covered with frost. The first two hours it dropped to -6, the road was a white line across a brown and grey winter landscape. Continue reading “To Ulan-Ude”