Outstanding, touching, reaffirming and almost unbelievable support from these mechanics at Auto- Volt garage in Keremovo. Chris and Will limped there this morning, arriving at 1.00pm, with a very noisy dynamo.
The team worked on the car for 10 hours, including one of them, Arkadia, making new bearings (twice – he shaved a bit too much off first time).
At 11.00pm they called it a day – all the mechanics had stayed on until the end! Viktor, the owner of the garage, got very cross when Chris tried to insist that he pay for all the work. Viktor then took them home to have a meal before taking them to a hotel.
Chris says that he is overwhelmed by the generosity of the Russian people time and time again. We like to think that two Russians driving across the UK would have an equally positive experience…
Whilst the dynamo still won’t charge, at least it isn’t going to tear itself apart – they can look at it again in Krasnoyarsk. That’s 500km away, so a very long day ahead of them tomorrow. They appear to be driving a time machine, already 6 hours ahead of us!