Journey in Russia - a thrilling adventure that is available to everyone!
Our goal is simple - to prove that this is indeed the case. That's why we're going on a trip to the island of Sakhalin - the farthest point of our country, a place that anyone can get on the unprepared off-road car.
Overcoming the route Moscow-Peter Sakhalin can be compared with the ascent to the summit. We dedicate our climb one important purpose - to overcome the prejudice that travel to Russia is not so easy and fun, as in other countries.
Watch and see for yourself!
Four guys from Moscow have already started their journey on 2nd of July. The team of Unknown Russia wants to wish them a good luck!
Below we present partly automatic, partly edited translation of their posts from their group (all original texts and photos belong to the project Бросок на Восток):
02.07.13: Start from Saint-Petersburg.
Finally, we have started! Seeing at Petrovsky was so cool that dragged on for 4 hours. But we beautifully filmed and fed delicious pies! And the guys from Petrovsky organized the passage of prelaunch TO and pasting of our car. What we tell them thank you so much!
On the highway, we now come across such sites. These monuments are somehow connected with the existed here during the siege of Leningrad, "Dear Life", held on the ice of Lake Ladoga. On it were evacuated from the city of about 1 million 376 thousand people. I can only add that there is a great site podvignaroda.ru, where I found the premium list for the medal grandfather "For Courage".
04.07.13: Staraya Ladoga.
If you've read this title, wait, that will track the word "ancient." After all, in the ancient Russian city, not far from the ancient Russian streets, is the oldest Russian fortress. The fortress was half destroyed, but was on the restoration. Frankly, having already tired of the big cities, in which they had spent the last few days, we were very pleased to be in a quiet place where you can touch the pages of the most ancient history of our country - times Novgorod Russia.
In the town of Volkhov, in the Leningrad region, is one of the oldest hydroelectric Russian - Volkhov. It was launched in 1927 ode before the First Five-Year Plan, which initiated the rapid growth of the industrial might of the Soviet Union.
On the Volkhov hydroelectric power station we saw only from the outside, but less than 2 weeks, we hope to get inside the other, Krasnoyarsk, and tell you about the principle of its work.
At 3:05 the night came to Vologda. Late check-out Peter and repair of roads in the east of the Leningrad region have led to the fact that we decided to go at night. The plan for the first day of the "Cast" we had to drive 873 miles to Tot'ma and stand in the woods with tents. Now and until 4:05 Tot'ma - 210 km. Thus, a non-stop ride tonight will return to our schedule. Now we occasionally sleep, someone - an hour or two, some - less. We continue to write to your contacts and other instagrammy. And surprisingly - all bright and cheerful. Apparently, the influx of emotions from the start of our adventure does not allow us to sleep.
Now look at one of the main attractions of Kirov-Chepetsk - Karin narrow-gauge railway. Track width - 750 mm. Rolling stock in simple language - a smaller version normal glands.
This road was opened in 1942 in connection with the development of peat in a nearby village with the town Karintorf. Now freight transportation due to the cessation of peat extraction was closed, but the passenger service still remains. Moreover, to get to Karintorf easiest way is by railway. Thus, a small train serves as a commuter train. And what's interesting - more passenger traffic on the narrow gauge railway in Russia not only in the Kirov-Chepetsk.
By the way, last year, I specifically came to this city to see this wonder of the railway. And I'm "lucky" to have an accident. At the turn of the river Cheptsov car in which I was driving, began to be filled up on the side, getting off the rails. Thank God, none of the passengers was hurt, and I remember the Kirov-Chepetsk for life :)
Our car now has a new piece - a wooden pine timber.
It all started with the fact that the guy in the oncoming car showed us the thumbs up. We decided to see if everything is all right with us.
It was found that the housing is cracked trunk mounted on the roof at the point of attachment to the roof rail (lateral horizontal bar). Bought with the car top carrier renoshny was, to put it mildly, "no ice" strength.
But where we did not disappear :)
We decided to make another backup to remove some of the pressure from the railing, and as material for her to use the board. No sooner said than done. They took a piece of wood from a peasant from a nearby house. By simple manipulations board was wedged in parallel roof rails and tied him with a rope. Everything. You can go on :)
06.07.13: Falenki, Perm
In the village of Falenki (Kirov region), in a simple shop "village-style" self appeared. Moreover, it applies mainly to wineproducing and economic divisions. We asked the saleswoman about how it came about. "Yes-that in other villages, so here we are done" - was her answer. Plot Falenki - a fork in the Pudem all turned out for us yesterday, the most intense in terms of memorable moments. In the village of Spruce we looked at the dilapidated church of Trinity Church, built back in 1795, went up the stairs to her dilapidated tower. And yet discovered in the village of old fire truck belonging to a voluntary fire brigade.
Today we visited the wonderful old Urals city Kungur, which celebrated its 350th anniversary. Walked through the streets of many people, all - fun and joyful. Personally, I Kungur second time here and I really like it. The city has its own unique atmosphere. Having been in Kungur, if you are transported to a time machine to the past.
Prodigy by balalaika in Kungur - watch the video
35 km to Ekaterinburg
We recently left Kungura, where we saw a lot of interesting things, but this we will write in the evening. And now we rushing through the Ural mountains to Ekaterinburg!
08.07.13: Tumen region - Omsk region
Today the first object on the way of the team "Throw the East" was the ancient town of Tyumen Yalutorovsk. It became the city in 1782.
We could walk in the city only during a 1.5 hour, we did not have a lot of time. And during those 90 minutes, we got the opportunity to know a little bit about the history of the town. There are a lot of pretty old wooden houses with distinctive frames at the windows, there is a brick buildings of the late 19th century. The Cathedral of Candlemas with glittering domes was built in 1777, demolished in Soviet times and rebuilt in the 2000s. From the "new old" Yalutorovsk has a jail.
As you can see, local people honor and respect their history. But do not forget about the present! Apparently, the good economic situation in the city (it is a major agricultural center) allows to gain the city clean. In addition, the roads are almost perfect.
My personally opinion is that Yalutorovsk probably the neatest of the small towns of Russia that I've seen (though seen only in the European part of the country), which has preserved its history and thinks about the future. That would be so everywhere :)
After Yalutorovsk we decided to visit one more Tyumen city, Ishim. There are also a lot to see: ancient architecture, the embankment of Ishim river, a monument to the founder cossack Ivan Korkine and others.
Ishim fits very good into the aisle of other visited cities of the Tyumen region - Tyumen and Ialutorovsk. They are all neat and clean, which already makes the walk though them very pleasant. Maybe the amount of Ishim historical sites is not so big in comparison with Vologda or Suzdal, but it is definitely worth to look. The Tyumen region is the real Siberia, Russian special region, definitely worth to visit it at least once. And we still have not been in Tobolsk and its Kremlin!
09.07.13: Omsk region
Good morning, our country! We are at Omsk :) recently woke up after the first night in tents. Our camp is located in a protective forest near the main road to Novosibirsk and is a birch grove. Finally we get enough sleep! Now we are going to see the full force of this not very popular among tourists (especially from the European part of the country), the western part of the Novosibirsk region.
We stopped just to have breakfast in some cafe where was extremely unlikely found something interesting. But there it was! We heard a foreign language at the next table. We decided to find out how this guys appear in western Siberia and from where they are. It turned out that they came here by bicycles from Belgium and travel to Novosibirsk. We asked them for the interview, and they agreed.
During the first hours after waking up we are having breakfast and working on new posts. It is great to sleep 8 hours! You feel like a different person :) To the third largest city in Russia we arrived yesterday at 2 am and housed in a lovely two-bedroom apartment for 500 RUB (around 15 USD) per person. It has everything for the comfort life: dishes, machine, dryer, iron and a lot of useful things. But the main - free wi-fi, which allows us to analyze the material debris that has accumulated over the past couple of days.
In fact, the first half of the today we have decided to process photos, write posts and create videos. And this is not just because we want to share our adventure with you, but also in order to take a break from the constant trips, festivals, etc. No, we are not tired of it, but it's best to periodically discharge itself such a physically and emotionally, to continue to enjoy new places :)
Tonight we were going just for a walk around the city, but our friend Sasha Golyashev threw a link to Ilya Varlamov (Zyalt)'s blog, who is now also stays in Novosibirsk. It turned out that today Ilya arranges a bike ride in the middle of the Siberian city. In recent days, we sat in the car a lot, and our backs and feet were very stiff, so it was great idea to pedal a bit. Sasha quickly found a bike rental (150 RUB per hour) and we took four two-wheeled friends. At 18:30 in front of the SPSL all participants of the bike ride have gathered - about 30 people. For 3 hours we had to ride on all main streets of Novosibirsk and see such iconic locations like Red avenue with its Stalinist buildings, opera and ballet theater, the sunny quay of the river Ob', the monuments of the old bridge, the photographer, zoo and much more.
Thanks to Ilya for a great event.