Through the rain and mud

Through the rain and mud

I’d been able to find such a good route from Moscow to St Petersburg thanks to a GPS file that I’d found online. There was a small problem with the next leg. The blogger had mentioned being forced to take a train for one stop, and my googling wasn’t finding much about how frequently the train rain. There was also the problem that while it was dry when I set off, there were some impressive rain clouds around St Petersburg that seemed to be intent on heading towards me. A seperate

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Through mud and potholes

Through mud and potholes

The next few days proved an interesting challenge for my rear wheel, with a ridiculous number of potholes that I’d be focused on avoiding and then still end up landing in. It was so bad in parts that it was actually a relief when the surface turned to light sand, although the washboard parts weren’t fun, as at least I would hopefully not worsen the crack. I’d not been seeing many bike shops, although that was possibly partly because I wasn’t seeing much of anything other

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A trilogy of Russian fire stations

A trilogy of Russian fire stations

Some time during my previous leg, I had noticed that my rear wheel had a little shudder when I braked. I don’t remember when it started, but it was at least like that before I went to a bike shop in Waltenhofen, southern Germany, in the beginning of June. That guy hadn’t worked out the cause, and just re-adjusted my brakes but it still resumed. I figured it was down to the wheel being out of true and resolved to fix it while I was home. Being me this meant that about a week before

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Moscow

Moscow

Having finished another medical trial, an easy way to make money and break up my trip so I can see family & friends, it was back to the road. I had originally been thinking of flying to Scandinavia, but a quick Google suggested I could be getting quite chilly come mid-September so made the most of being home to get myself a Russian visa. I’d thought for a while that I wouldn’t end up in Russia, because you have to apply for the visa in your home country and then arrive in a window

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