Saturday, 1 September, 2012 Omsk, Russia to Chelyabinsk, Russia (628 miles) Total Trip Miles – 9694. 11.5 hrs hours riding
Weather Temperature mostly sunny in the upper 60′s for the period with little or no rain fall…a beautiful day for riding
Unfortunately I inadvertently deleted the copy of this blog…oh well. The following will be an abbreviated version allowing me some time to update yesterday’s events.
As you are aware, I was fortunate enough to spend the night with Vitaliy and his family…he is a member of the Siberian Bears Bike club and was an excellent host – started our day early with some local bakery pastries and hot tea…that right hot tea. Russian’s commonly drink hot tea with any meal and/or event.
Vitaliy drove me out to the bike clubhouse to get my bike – it was in a secure location surrounded by a wall and gate…I guess secure enough for my tastes since Vitaliy and most of the members leave their bikes on the grounds. To get a better sense the place, it reminds me of what folks in my family would call a hide out – nothing fancy, but with all the necessary ammenities – refrigerator, sink, grill, seating, porch and the like… basically a great get away spot for these guys.
After packing up the bike, Vitalily lead me through town to get me on the right main road up to Chelyabinsk. The ride was a bit long; however the weather made it for one of the nicest riding days on the trip.
Most Russian cities have churches similar to the one posted above often ornately decorated in this traditional style and architecture. Like the churches, most cemeteries are have fenced plots with are colorfully painted often with many flowers and other arrangements…they can be spotted on virtually every horizon.
As he sun started to settle in the afternoon sky and I rolled into Chelyabinsk, I was amazed at the hotel Melissa Smith, one of my co-workers at NDC, booked for me…it was a magnificant spot probably 20 stories high and would rival any hotel around the world…staff spoke good English and the breakfast buffet was terrific the next morning. I had planned on grabbing some dinner at the bar; however, I ended up falling asleep in a chair in my room…
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