Life on the Russian highways has been hot, dusty and dirty. You have to find the rough beauty and not expect comfort. That said things have improved vastly since we were here twenty years ago. All the new gas-stations with eatable things for sale, a choice in new supermarkets, the truck stops with motels of a sort. All that is new and then the important change:  no more GAI, no more police check-points at ALL towns, no more a country off-limits for foreigners. So now we can sleep in the same cheap hotels as the truckers. Here we can plug in power and sneak the wire

out a window, or get power from a tire-repair shop (our favorite). Traffic is heavy, fast and Hjalte

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