Today the plan was to leave at 8h00 and stop outside town and have something to eat and some coffee there as our “hotel” of last night, (and tonight’s hotel as well) are very cheap (R150-00 per person,) see photos, did not serve breakfast. But last night we found a “car wash man” guy with a highpressure hose, and had the mud washed off the bikes,so this morning the bikes received some attention from Pie and Tex who waxed the chains after adjusting them, then all the fluids were checked and the oil topped-up and tyre pressure adjusted for the 50-shades-of-gray roads we are traveling (the tar has been patche-up over many many years so it looks like a quilt of gray squares.
We planned our route for today using the advice of Andrei from Samara, we went over the mountains and managed to navigate well even thought we had to Zig-zag all day to stay below the E30/M5 but to also head East. (We are sandwiched between Khazaksthan and the mainroad.)
The roads we travelled on this morning were so remote and small that it was only 130km into the ride that we got to a road big enough to find a “restaurant” see photos, where we did get coffee and had soup for breakfast, we ate Borsch, a vegetable and meat broth, with bread. Sergei says that if it is red in colour from the beetroot it is more a Ukrainian Borsch.
The ladies working in the restaurant did not have many teeth between them, but did they have personality and a zest for life, one even wanted a lift on a bike and Pie took her for a spin, this brought the whole place to a stop as everyone came out and cheered. See photos
We lost Peens today for a hour and while we waited for him the locals could not believe what just rode into their town and once again we got swamped by locals wanting selfies and posing for photos, I felt famous.