Monthly Archives: July 2011

Stuck Times 5!


July 11: Today we left Moscow. It didn’t go smoothly. As starters, we didn’t meet up with the Beetle club yesterday, they canceled. The group-or at least some of them had gone out of town and because of the road, (it … Continue reading

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What a day it has been!


July 8: I think this was the best day so far. At least since Beijing. We started out today for Nizhny Novgorod with a stop at an antique car and motorcycle restoration shop. Our hope was to get a new headlight … Continue reading

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Black Out


 July 7: Just when you’re almost convinced that your 5 star hotel could be in any major US city, you return from lunch ( and a city tour), to find that the electricity is out. So, OK, this could happen … Continue reading

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A Happy Birthday Russian Style


July 5: Today is Jack Crabtree’s birthday. It is the big six-O. Jack is young at heart and the biggest tease in our group. He is never without his smile-OK, once when he was throwing up and, well, you don’t want … Continue reading

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Illegal Chinese Driver’s License


July 4: Perm, Russia. We are now far from China, and I don’t plan to go back, so I can tell the tale of my driver’s license. It was a detail everyone overlooked. One is not permitted to drive in … Continue reading

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Front wheels in Europe, back wheels in Asia


July 4: I’ve never been a flag-waving patriot, or a flag-waving anything for that matter, but this 4th, I can tell you after our travels through China and Kazakhstan, I really do appreciate our freedoms. Just as starters, China blocks Facebook … Continue reading

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All About the Romanovs


July 3: Actually, Ekaterinburg, first known as Sverdlovsk,  is really known for three things. The unfortunate end of the Czar Nicholas II and his family, the place where Gary Powers was shot down in his U-2 spy plane in 1960 and … Continue reading

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And Now From Russia


July 1: Picture this. A London Pub, Czech Budweiser beer in Kurgan, Russia. Now is that cosmopolitan or what?  Our hotel seems very Russian. Not in a bad way. We actually have a suite with overstuffed furniture covered in dark brown … Continue reading

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And then there were three


June 30: We were all a bit sad when we left Astana this morning saying good-by to Clay and Blake on the steps of our hotel. Their 32 Ford V8’s engine is torn apart in a repair shop. The crankshaft … Continue reading

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