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).
Today was a rest day. And tomorrow is the last ride of the tour; 790 kms. estimated to Vladivostok.
Yesterday I was speaking to a woman in a coffee shop and she told me this fine weather was going to change momentarily. And it did.
Today was chilly and most people on the streets were wearing some sort of cover-up, either a jacket or sweater. I wore my hoodie.
There was also an afternoon rain, but not long-lasting.
Today we mostly ate and took pictures of food.
We visited the market coop.
Albert, Morten, Sergi and I bought caviar – both the black caviar and salmon caviar, a large hunk of smoked halibut, some salads, black bread, fresh-churned butter, and a couple of bottles of vodka, and we had a picnic lunch in the park across the street from our hotel. Deee-licious! There was a lot of other stuff I wanted to buy, but Sergi and Albert insisted that caviar and smoked fish be eaten in a certain way with certain foods. Vodka is a necessity.
I am not used to drinking any alcohol, especially in the afternoon, and I caught quite a buzz. All I could do after our picnic was take a nap.
Tomorrow is the last ride of this expedition, and the longest one. We are told the road is good all the way to Vladivostok except for a 30 km. stretch. We shall see.
We planned to get an early start but noticed tonight Albert’s rear tire was flat. We filled it with air and pray that it holds, because we don’t want to have to mess around with the bike in the morning, especially with everything still closed.
Praying the weather holds up tomorrow!
Until tomorrow, Reed, reporting from Khabarovsk in Russia’s Far East. (More photos at end of post.)
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