We leave Kazan on smooth tarmac and hope for a more restful day as we have a long way to go. The morning turns out to be fine but the afternoon takes us back to some really bad roads and back to suspension fears as we crash and bang over them.

Pit stops for Time Controls, Passage Controls and fuel stops are always accompanies by interested bystanders taking photos and we are often asked for young (and sometimes not so young) driver shots.

The scenery continues to change and we are guided down some lovely country lanes. The scenery, the weather and the fact that we have to still watch intently for hundreds of craters means that while tough today was not boring.

We are inordinately excited by the first sign of Moskva on the road signs. Sadly this route does not actually go into Moscow but we are now starting to get close.


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