We left dusty Saratov and arrived in dusty Samara but, en-route we enjoyed lovely elevated views of the mighty Volga River.
We’ve learned that this region gets very little rainfall in the winter which explains why everything is so dry and why there is so much dust. Once the summer rains come, the city should look much cleaner.
As we were driving to Samara, we had the Volga River on our right side. About midday, we saw a small track leading up to a hill above the river so we decided to explore. We found ourselves on the top of the hill with a great view over the river. A great spot for lunch, so we opened the fridge and sorted ourselves a sandwich and had lunch with a view.
We were on the road for 9 hours today and covered approximately 478 km. Tomorrow is a non-driving day, so we get to see something of Samara and perhaps make some progress sorting out our battery problem.
David has advised us that the ‘battery doctor’s suggestion that the alternator is bad doesn’t make sense. The money is still on the Optima battery having developed a false memory that is resulting in it not accepting a full charge. We will likely try to get a new battery fitted tomorrow to see if that takes care of the problem.
So far, I’ve covered 3,420 miles (5,503) since leaving Bridgwater. If the Defender gets into the local Land Rover service centre tomorrow, I might treat her to an oil change as well as a new battery.