The total trip mileage upon reaching Krasnoyarsk was 6,271 miles (10,092km). We have covered 5,919km in Russia alone.
We woke up this morning to find it had snowed overnight and there was a light coating of it on the Defender. We headed into the city after breakfast but soon realised that there are not many points of interest worth seeing.
According to the Lonely Planet guide, a couple of wooden buildings are amongst the architectural highlights of Krasnoyarsk! We wandered around the city for a while but didn’t find anything inspiring. I was amused to find that there are speakers attached to poles around the city that are used to amplify music (apparently from a radio station) for the listening pleasure of people walking on the streets. Shades of Orwell’s 1984.
We found the city’s central market, where we were able to buy food items to stock up the Defender for the coming few days. Tomorrow, we will begin a four-day journey to Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world. The plan is to drive sections of the BAM Road – the old service road that was used during the construction of the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) railway. We’ll have to assess the drivability of the BAM when we reach it.
We are also scheduled to camp for a few nights as we drive the BAM. The current cold weather may impact camping plans if nightly temps fall below freezing. Again, we’ll assess the situation each day, as we make our way east.
If we do drive the BAM and camp along the way, there may be no blog updates for a few days until we get back to suitable wifi access.