Russian road trip.

What a long 14 days i have had on the road to Russia, as you may be aware i quite often give my time to a company in the UK who specialise in music shows and corporate hospitality to destinations throughout Europe, quite a lot of the work is festival and stadium shows and often involves very long days and nights to move between venues, but nothing had prepared me for this journey, I had never travelled so far and quite frankly would not have done the job had i known where we were heading, all i was told destination Moscow.

I have been fortunate to have travelled 9 times previous to Moscow and Petersburg and other locations but this trip i was on was taking me to Anapa on the Black Sea resort with an estimated 8000kms on the most dangerous and hostile road network known? please do not complain about the roads we have in the UK as they are a million times better than what they have in Russia, would you believe the potholes and tram lines in the tarmac that throw you in to oncoming traffic, where the concrete road ends and your now on sand with on coming traffic in lanes so narrow your mirrors are almost touching? at times you are a nervous wreck and you hope and pray for daylight and not for darkness on your travels

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I have always been a person who likes adventure and travel and have been lucky to have done so much,but this journey was a nail biter and something i will remember forever, it took 6 days from leaving the UK to reach Anapa we double drove the trucks for 20 hours per day just to make the loading slot we had been provided,but arriving in the dark of night and with the sea air blowing we knew it was somewhere special, you just get a feeling that something good is happening and after arriving at the festival site and our registrations complete we took food and beer which was provided by the festival and went to our beds, after only a few hours sleep we were up and walking about in the very short distance was the sea and we made a beeline to have a look and what a beautiful sight was waiting.

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As far as you could see it was magical and you could have been anywhere in the world with sand and clear blue waters,this is why we are here.

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Above will show the exact location of where we were and the route we have driven and the thought of having to do that drive again back to St Petersburg via Moscow was now beginning to drain all our enthusiasm but an added bonus of a hotel for a couple of nights changed the mood a little

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We had 2 nights with all meals paid and the hospitality of the very nice people who looked after us all, the swimming pool was a great escape from the heat that was now reaching 38 and we made the most of that pool with a few beers for good measure.

It also enabled me to walk around the strip of bars and shops in that area and i was surprised to see what i couldn’t believe was happening the locals were in force with a variety of wildlife animals that were no more than trophy pets to make a living, take a look at these pictures that i managed to snap without paying for the privilege

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There were an abundance of animals on leads, and children as young as 3 or 4 years having there pictures taken with alligators and snakes in all honesty i found this very disturbing especially after counting the endless amounts of wild dogs that had been killed on the roads to Anapa during our travels, these things stay in your mind and was i pleased to be leaving that behind me.

During the walk round the strip i could not resist having some food that was being grilled at many of the food outlets, cooked in front of you and i could never imagine the people back home offering such large portions for just over £2 the food was delicious and well worth the money, this also included a fresh salad

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Skewered pork and salmon and yes each skewer was great value !

Thanks for reading my post on my road trip, I am back home safe and sound in good health with some memories that were good and some bad, would i do it again?????? probably yes if i had more time and not on a schedule so tight.

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