Today I woke up and looked out our hotel window which was accross the station, it was going to be a wet day, a day to zip-in all the layers inside your riding jacket and start the day with your rain-suit already on. A good day for listening to music, I chose all the music I own featuring Roger Water, and it turned out to be perfect music for a wet day.
Rocky gave us all some special anti-fog for our visors which worked very well.
Sergey’s children stays in Tomsk, a town off the main road, we decided to take a detour to visit his kids. The road going there was so quiet, and it was a good road, snaking through the natural forrests of Siberia. We were now in GULAG-country Sergay said, (GULAG is an abriviation for a lot of Russian words that translate to Department of Correctional and Punishment Services.) They were nautorious in the late 1800 when people from Moskow and St Petersburg were sentenced for a few years in these prison camps in Siberia and they were then marched to this area, in leg irons, most died on the way, it took months to walk here. The town we are staying in tonight is infamous for one of the biggest prisons, hopefully I can get a photo of it tomorrow. The prisoners still get sent here even today, but in trains.
When we arrived in Tomsk the local TV 2 News were waiting for us and first Sergey did an interview in Russian before I spoke in English and introduced the memebers of our group and gave them the history of our tour etc.
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The graves are all ablaze with flowers which the family puts un the graves of their loved ones this time of the year.
But we got punished for leaving the main road, luckily we did not hit a mud road but at first the odd pot-hole appeared, and then it went badly “pearshape” as we ended up on what is left of a tar road when no maintenance is done on it, similar to the roads mear Oogies in Mpumalanga.
For lunch we started with large kebabs grilled on the open fire, common poor peoples foor Sergay says, amd then ate Jarkoe, a thin stew with 80% Potatoes, and 10% onions and 10% meat, (eat your heart out Tim Nokes)
In between the forrests of Siberia are potatoe fields as each person eats on average 250kg of potatoes per year.
As this is such a cold place to live, water (which is everywhere you look) is heated using gas, also in abundance, by the local municipalities and them pumped to every house to warm their house and for all the hot water needs they have.
We are finding this part of Russia very very cheap, food as well as accommodation, dont exspect 5 star or fancy food, but our Rand goes a long way here.