Day 12 Vodka trail 3 Perm – Yekaterinburg

So, that was quite a day we had. It was a only 370 km we drove but we arrived in Perm at 01:30 am. It was the last day of the Vodka Trail and we decided to take the D-tour road. We left the Hotel at 11:00 am trying to get out of the city without any navigation. This is not easy, we have to follow out gut feeling and we got that wrong several times. For instance we took a small road parallel along a railroad track. After several kilometers we reached a dead end, so we had to turn around and head back. This way you do see places and things you normally wouldn’t. Stray dogs lie sleeping in the centre grass parts of round-a bouts over here. If I had a choice our car would be filled with them. “Hanny, maybe an address for you!! Haha, it would break your heart to see this!”. But when you see the poverty of the people themselves around here you can’t expect that the dogs will have it any better, right?? Then I think of our two Viszlas, each lying on their own comfortable sofas. Blog Image

Once we left the city, we entered the country with this beautiful landscape, very peaceful, wide fields and endless hills. I must honestly say I had a much different picture from Russia, but when we were here 20 years ago, we only visited the city Moscow, it was Winter and Communism still ruled. You only find that back in the buildings and apartment buildings around the city outskirts and in the small far away villages where they still follow the old regime what they are used to all their lives as there is nothing or no one to tell them differently. The vehicles they use there are still from the early era and these are never replaced by new ones. One by one these vehicles fall apart or break down and they are left standing outside of the shed. Then at a sudden moment they can’t work the fields any more and the beautifully kept acres turn into grassy fields.

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We ended up at a River where we had to wait one hour (trying to keep the drunks of our car) for the ferry to come. The ferry was this tiny little raft with a little boat along side. After a lot of trouble fitting we were able to fit 6 cars on the raft. We were on the ferry, how great is that. When we reached the other side every big boys dream came true, mud, mud and more mud.Blog Image

We could only follow the path before us, we had no other choice. We hoped that our four cars of our group would get through without too many problems. We drove deeper and deeper into the country landscape and passed through what seemed to be little ghost villages, building were ruins and almost fell apart. Finally we did not even come across any houses or buildings for that matter and we plowed on and on and when the paths were not drivable any more we took the fields and drove through it’s long grass. We could only go forward until we could not go any further at all. Every 15 minutes one of us got stuck and the winches had to work overtime again to get each other out. Then we reached a swamp. Bertus, Jan, Piet and Rik left to scout the surroundings and find a way through. Also Arthur, Niels, Maria (the Russian guide), Pieter and I got stuck. After a lot of splashing and drudging we decide to turn around and go back to where we came from, giving up on our urges to keep going. Through another road we found our way to Yekaterinburg. The men had their fun and were satisfied because the winches had worked full time, cars were pulled out and so the day was filled with excitement. I think Maria and I will deal with our excitement by going shopping tomorrow.Blog Image

It’s getting late again (seems to become our motto) and tomorrow we have 1019km ahead of us. A long, long way to Omsk………. Greetings, Pieter & Gaby