The roads today were sometimes rough (little bumps). We crossed several drainages with some long climbs (big bumps). Overall, it was a good day of cycling. Weâ€™re starting to see more Asian and Mongol faces in people we see.
The morning started out as cool as weâ€™ve had in the past two months. I could wear my wool hat and I wasnâ€™t bothered by mosquitoes. The first 18km were to Ð—Ð¸Ð¼Ð°. The road was fairly flat and went through agricultural areas with hay, wheat and grains. After crossing the Oka river, we had more climbs through forested areas. There was a long area without much settlement and hence I was happy to see a cafe in Ð¢Ñ‹Ñ€ÐµÑ‚ÑŒ at 49km.
From here a long climb of 10km and a brief downhill to lose the elevation again in descent to Ð—Ð°Ð»Ð°Ñ€Ð¸. The road bypassed the town and then started climbing again up a broad valley. Here we had another cafe at 81km. After lunch more climbing and then ups and downs until we reached ÐšÑƒÑ‚ÑƒÐ»Ð¸Ðº at 102km. We walked into the village and found a pump house. We couldnâ€™t figure it out, but some helpful children showed us how it worked and also showed us where to find the store. We left this town and climbed a hill across from town to camp. While it started out as a cold day, the sun on the tent makes me sweat now.
107km today, 8563km across Eurasia [Photo:1025, 1031]