Roads today were a marked improvement, particularly in the morning. The terrain was also flatter, so made for an easier day. I had my photo taken four or five times today by people driving the imported Japanese cars. This tells me we still have a ways to go with people surprised to find bicycles â€œall the way out hereâ€.
We left a little later today after sorting everything out with the bikes. Hitchhiking yesterday had left a fine layer of dust everywhere including the drive chain. The gravel road started much improved; fewer large rocky boulders, less hardpack and gentler grades. We even had a tailwind! This was a taiga forest with white birch/larch and some evergreens. We made it to Ð¢Ð°Ð»Ð´Ð°Ð½ for an early lunch at 30km.
From here we continued on the new gravel road. The quality of the road gradually worsened, with a lot of hardpack in particular. My bike was rattling a lot. There wasnâ€™t a lot to see, though we did go over a few hills. It became warm and we slowed. At 80km, we reached Ð“Ð¾Ð½Ð¶Ð°. We cycled into town to find a store, water and cafe before camping 2km out of town. Those last 2km were on pavement, and weâ€™ll have a short amount here tomorrow as well.
86km today, 10766km across Eurasia [Photo: 166, 167]