Krasnoyarsk

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.

The Defender gets a dusting of snow
The Defender gets a dusting of snow
One of the wooden house highlights of the city
One of the wooden house highlights of the city
The second architectural highlight - a wooden building
The second architectural highlight – a wooden building
One of the speakers that play music on the streets
One of the speakers that play music on the streets

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.

 

3 Comments

  1. Have been reading you storys for a while just curious as to what type of communication system you are using inRussia Also my wife and I will be at the Southampton Princess in Oct we would like to meet you and buy you a beer if your not another adventure bye Steve

    1. Hi Steve,

      All of the blogging is done on my MacBook Air using hotel wifi. I have a WorldSim data stick that I can connect to the MacBook when we’re camping. It allows me to check and send e-mails and do some basic web-browsing but doesn’t work well for updating the blog – so bog updates have to wait until we find wifi.

      I have a WorldSim sim-card in my iPhone for phone calls and SMS that don’t incur roaming charges.

      I have a Delorme inReach satellite tracker/communicator that allows us to send SMS from anywhere in the world via satellite, so communication is always possible, even where there is no cell-phone signal. The inReach also tracks our location by GPS signal, so that friends and family can see our current location and our track via a password-protected online map.

      A beer in October sounds good. Look forward to it!

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