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9 februari 2015
The Polish cities of Gdansk and Warsaw were an eyeopener. The old silk Road cities of Samarkand and Bukhara are fantastic with their large decorated Medressa (schools). The Pamir Mountains (Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan) are an adventure to drive through especially if the passes have just been opened. East Kazachstan has the most hospitable people we met. Mongolia is a country were everybody treks around and camps along streams and lakes. Russia is so vast. The countryside is beautiful (especially lake Baykal) but access is limited to the cities with St Petersburg, Moscow, Susdal, Tobolsk, Tomsk, Ulan-Ude and Vladivostok being the highlights. The places for us to go back to are Mongolia and the regions we could not visit ie the Altai and Tuva. If we were to do it again we would have spent some more time in Mongolia and defiantly driven the 13,000 km back from Vladivostok slower (now 26 days) to enjoy the country side and cities a bit more.
When we got back the camper was overhauled. The steering mechanism was wobbly and needed some new bearings etc. One of the Sheikel shock absorbers was leaking and replaced under guarantee. A second spare tyre was installed on the metal rack on the back of the camper together with a much smaller aluminium storage box, which hopefully will hold up on the next washboard roads. Further more metal mosquito screens were purchased to fit in the windows so Jamaliah will feel safer and have fresh air.
With Rudy sleeping on the top bed and Jamaliah on the couch at the bottom we bought an extra mattress for her to make the bed more comfortable. The lower bench was also shifted forward a bit so that folding chairs and table can be stored behind it.
Passepartout is now ready for the next trip. This will be in June/July when a New Zealand couple will use her while we use their camper in New Zealand in March and April 2015.
For those of you planning a similar trip here are some statistics:
Total km 41.164 in 132 days
Diesel 3968 L = 9.64 L/100 km
Diesel cost €0,072 / km
Car repair €0,053 / km
Daily living cost €32 for 2
Average hotel cost €68 (8 nights in total)
Visa cost €1,563 for 2 people
If you need more information please do not hesitate to ask (via reaction) we are happy to help like we have also received help in planning this trip.
Rudy and Jamaliah Welling
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10 februari 2015 13:29 | Door: Elvira
Hè Rudie en Jamaliah,
Wat een bijzondere reis hebben jullie toch gemaakt!
Graag horen en lezen we jullie verhaal!
Voor reistips zullen we zeker jullie benaderen, mochten we ooit plannen Hebben.
Dank je voor het delen van jullie mooie avonturen met ons!
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