Day 19 – Perm to Kazan – Rough Roads and Gratitude – 628Km

Day 19 – Perm to Kazan – Rough Roads and Gratitude – 628Km

Day 19 – Perm to Kazan – Rough Roads and Gratitude – 628Km Heading to Kazan today. So far very rough patches on the major highway just an hour out of the city. 7 hours to go. Strange the bad spots are random. Other stretches are pretty good. We have...
On the Route to Perm – Friendly People

On the Route to Perm – Friendly People

On the way to Perm we stopped at a service station to get gas and some drinks. We couldn’t understand what they were saying, they couldn’t understand us, and Google Translate wasn’t working. After the clerk came out and pointed at the gas nozzle and...
Yekaterinburg to Perm – Day 18

Yekaterinburg to Perm – Day 18

Yekaterinburg to Perm – Day 18 Today is the halfway point of the rally. Today we cross the Asia Europe border. Wish I felt better, Yekaterinburg looks beautiful even in the rain. Fever is gone and feeling a little better, luckily it was only tonsillitis and not...

Omsk to Tyumen – Day 16 – 677km

Omsk to Tyumen – Day 16 – 677km This post is going to be really short. Not feeling well, rally Doctor is coming to my room at the hotel. I think it is just the touch of the flu. After 11 hours in the car I don’t feel so chipper. No complaints, others...
Homesick for Novosibirsk – Day 15

Homesick for Novosibirsk – Day 15

Homesick for Novosibirsk – Day 15 – Novosibirsk to Omsk – 695.00 Kilometers We are back on the road, just left Novosibirsk 2 hours ago. The car got finished at 2:00am this morning. The mechanics did a great job. Our stay in Novosibirsk was one of the...
Local News – Novosibirsk

Local News – Novosibirsk

We were interviewed yesterday about the car and the rally. We were on the news. Hoping to get a link. Stephen Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click...
Car Repairs

Car Repairs

Good news! We just visited the shop and the repairs are underway. No damage to the sump, broken engine mount repaired, fan blade wielded (installed), new radiator hoses, leaf springs repaired and reinforced (more clearance), carburetor screws tighten (no more fuel...
Going with the Flow – Rest Day Novosibirsk – Day 14

Going with the Flow – Rest Day Novosibirsk – Day 14

We couldn’t be happier with the crew that is working on our car. They told us yesterday that we were very easy to work for and they were very happy to help us. We told them the same thing. A little kindness and trust goes a long ways. We are all in this together and...

Cars Coming In.

The whole city is coming to view the cars. Stephen Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on...
Day 8 – End of Day

Day 8 – End of Day

It’s the end of day 8. We made it. It was the toughest day so far. Several river crossing some without bridges. The dash camera has failed and the iPhone mount failed. We drove all day with no shocks. Just running on the leaf springs, which means going very...
Blew Another Shock

Blew Another Shock

Blew Another Shock. Removing it and then on our way. But we are fine. Stephen Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in...
Day 9 – Wet and Cold

Day 9 – Wet and Cold

Off to start Day 9, wet, rainy, cold. Glad we have heat. When we got in last night several people came to give us hugs and cheers. There were many that thought the little Lancia wouldn’t make it. Keep move forward slow and steady through the rocks, rivers, and...
Repairs Underway – Cars Arriving

Repairs Underway – Cars Arriving

The car is getting done. We walked to the Opera and City Center where there will be a presentation from the city government tonight. Tomorrow is a large celebration of the city’s anniversary and then a show of the cars. Stephen Share this:Click to share on...
Our First Gold Metal

Our First Gold Metal

We were presented with the first gold medal, the gold medal of Novosibirsk. Stephen Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens...
Repairs Underway – Russian Television

Repairs Underway – Russian Television

The car repairs are underway. They are making repairs to the engine and suspension. They really are doing all they can. We found out we broke the leaf springs as well. They are already being repaired. We were also asked to do a short interview for the local television...
Kicked Out of Presidential Suite

Kicked Out of Presidential Suite

Well not really kicked out, but we moved to a smaller room. I feel like an ex president, leaving the White House. But our new room is very nice. Stephen Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to...
From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love

After crossing the Russian border things seem to be very tough going trying to get help. Then, after we reached the oasis of the hotel we received a Facebook message from someone we didn’t know offering translation services. We were very skeptical, but we were...
In Novosibirsk – Waiting For Car

In Novosibirsk – Waiting For Car

We are in Novosibirsk waiting for the car to arrive so it can be taken to the garage to have repairs. The hotel only had one room left. It was definitely an upgrade to the camping, we opted to take a car from the campsite overnight to the hotel to be able to have a...
Goodbye Mongolia – Hello Russia

Goodbye Mongolia – Hello Russia

Left the Mongolia border this morning and now going through the Russian border and customs. Hopefully not too much longer. Everyone has been friendly. Last time the rally went through the Russian border it took 9 hours. Off to find a shop to do a bit of welding and a...
All Roads Lead to Olgiy

All Roads Lead to Olgiy

After navigating for the tow truck drive for more than 14 hours, some of it in the dark on dirt tracks. We get lost because the GPS coordinates are wrong and so are the directions. Doesn’t look like any sleep is in the near future. Need to find out what our...