Its hot! Chocolate bars are melting in Siberia. We came to the major ÐžÐ¼ÑÐº/ ÐÐ¾Ð²Ð¾ÑÐ¸Ð±Ð¸Ñ€ÑÐº highway today. So far the road is in reasonable condition and traffic has been light. It is a straight and flat road. There are occasionally clusters of trees, but fewer than before ÐžÐ¼ÑÐº.
We lost track of each other today and had to regroup. I left early and towards the town of ÐšÐ°Ð»Ð°Ñ‡Ð¸Ð½ÑÐº. Before leaving, I told Mickey that if there was a cafe at the spot where the road from ÐšÐ°Ð»Ð°Ñ‡Ð¸Ð½ÑÐº met the main highway, I would stop there for breakfast.
At 11km I was in ÐšÐ°Ð»Ð°Ñ‡Ð¸Ð½ÑÐº. Most of the town was still closed. I crossed the railroad and just before leaving there was a fork in the road. I asked some at the bus stop â€œwhich way to ÐÐ¾Ð²Ð¾ÑÐ¸Ð±Ð¸Ñ€ÑÐºâ€. They pointed to the left fork. At 20km I was at my cafe intersection, but there was no cafe. I knew it would be a while, so started down the main highway. A few kilometers of rough concrete and some rough asphalt but otherwise a good road. I was getting a bit hungry, and so was happy to find a cafe at the 59km mark at the turnoff to Ð˜Ð²Ð°Ð½Ð¾Ð²ÐºÐ°. I was surprised that Mickey hadnâ€™t caught up, and even more when my wait turned into an hour and a half. I had gone outside and started to ask motorists as they came in. Eventually some told me they had seen her, 40km away, 15km away.
Finally, Mickey arrived. Apparently in ÐšÐ°Ð»Ð°Ñ‡Ð¸Ð½ÑÐº she had been told the right fork where I had been told the left fork. She intersected the main highway, 6km further west. Worse there was a cafe where the right fork met the main road. When she reached the main highway, she didnâ€™t see me at the cafe and so thought I might still be in town and she waited, and waited. Eventually some motorists indicated I was ahead and she hurried to catch up. Sigh, easy to get separated here.
After regrouping at Ð˜Ð²Ð°Ð½Ð¾Ð²ÐºÐ° turnoff, we continued on the main road and crossed the oblast boundary into Novosibirsk oblast at 63km. A little later there were signs and then a nice cafe at 85km appeared. It had a cool veranda for a hot day and a water truck with cool water. We went just a little further before finding some trees to camp underneath in the heat of the afternoon. There were many insects again here. It was still warm, and so a quiet relaxing afternoon, waiting for it to cool down in Siberia.
92km today, 6328km across Eurasia. [Photo: 810, 814]