Nice to be cycling again after our rest days in Ð•ÐºÐ°Ñ‚ÐµÑ€Ð¸Ð½Ð±ÑƒÑ€Ð³. The route became flatter as we left the Urals. Also had more open areas without trees. It had been a steady drizzle rain yesterday, and some light rain continued this morning but cleared up in the afternoon.
Our first task was leaving the city. We had a city map and hence it was straightforward and by 7km we were riding outbound on the main highway. It was a wide divided road and traffic was busy but tolerable. At 31km the road split and we had a choice. I opted for the north road via Ð¢ÑŽÐ¼ÐµÐ½ÑŒ as it was slightly shorter and hopefully in better shape despite being busier. So far the road condition is worse than the road from ÐŸÐµÑ€Ð¼ but still a good road by Russian standards.
A few kilometers after the split, the divided highway ended and it became a single road. At 50km in ÐœÐµÐ·ÐµÐ½Ð¾ÐºÐ¾Ðµ was a nice cafÐ¹ for an early lunch. After this the rain mostly stopped. After lunch, we kept seeing older automobiles riding the other direction with a â€œPeking to Parisâ€ signs [if someone finds a web site for this journey, please post a link below]. The signs said 1907 â€“ 2007 and were commemorating a famous journey. They had started with 120 cars and so we saw them for several hours. We stopped and chatted with one car as it stopped to help a compatriot with a flat tire. Apparently they had warm weather in Mongolia.
We kept a good speed on the flat terrain and stopped at 95km in Ð‘Ð¾Ð³Ð´Ð°Ð½Ð¾Ð²Ð¸Ñ‡ at a supermarket for our evening meal. From here a short ride before finding water and a place to camp. We had many mosquitoes here and hence it was a quick retreat to the tent.
116km today, 5295km across Eurasia. [Photo: 746, 749]