Hello again from the Chiang Mai to Vladivostok Blog, reporting from Khabarovsk in Far Eastern Russia (pop. 600,000 and uncharacteristically growing: 89 meters above sea level).
Again, a day with little to write about the ride. It was one of the shorter ones, only 192 kms.in a SSE direction and it took us 2.5 hours to do it in. No stops or sightseeing along the route, not even a petrol fill-up. A bit slower pace then the previous few days because Old M58 took a turn for the worse, but it was still okay. It narrowed down and became rough from the increased traffic of the two large cities in the region; Khabarovsk and Vladivostok. But mostly it was in good shape.
It was sunny and breezy when we left Birobidzhan a bit later than usual because we knew it was going to be a shortish ride and we couldn’t check into our next hotel before noon. But Morten’s bike gave us trouble. His chain was loosening up and even though he cinched it up the previous day, it came off the sprocket just after we left town. He put it back on, tightened it up to its limits but it was still on the loose side. Morten made it all the way into Khabarovsk without any more problems and there we slapped on a new chain that will definitely last the last 800 kms. into Vladivostok.
The land we rode through was flat with no mountains or hills to be seen, as we are in the river delta basin of the Amur River, the 10th longest river in the world. Population density is still real low so little of the land is under cultivation and this is also because of the short growing season. Lots of bogs and lakes and rivers on both sides of the road as we parallel the Trans-Siberian Railroad to its terminus point in Vladivostok.
We are being told that the season is going to change any day now and it is going to get real cold real fast. All we need is two more days and this trip is in the bag. Hope the fine weather lingers just a little longer. Around 11 a.m. black clouds socked us in but no rain fell. In Kharabovsk, the afternoon weather was as lovely as it can get.
I am going to cut this post short because tomorrow is a rest day. I plan to walk around the city and take a lot of photos for the penultimate post of the Chiang Mai to Vladivostok Expedition. I thank everyone for following it.
Until tomorrow, Reed, reporting from Kharabovsk in Russia’s Far East.
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