A long drive of 300 miles today meant that Chris and Ilya made it to Novosibirsk. This means saying a very sad goodbye to Ilya, the best ‘sputnik’ ever who has introduced Chris to so many people and experiences – he’s going to be missed!
However, things are not so good with the car. There’s still an oil leak (arguably not unusual in an Austin 7) and more worryingly the dynamo is not charging the battery. Luckily, the garage that has offered support has a branch in Novosibirsk so tomorrow the plan is to work on the car at the garage.
Will Leith flew into Novosibirsk and was thrown straight into the whirlwind that surrounds Chris! Supper turned into a disco, and then they were whisked away for a tour of the city with another friend of Ilya’s!
Time is against them though – they are due in Krasnoyarsk by 14th August to be welcomed by the rugby club who are celebrating their 50th anniversary. This is an important rendezvous because this club arranged the invitation for the Russian visa allowing a three month visit instead of the usual one month.
Krasnoyarsk also marks the halfway point across Russia!!!