Oh boy!!! All the way down from Volgograd yesterday, the sky was darkening.
This morning we spent a couple of hours drying out. To say we had a storm last night, would be an understatement. We found the archillies heal to the Caranex. It’s ok in mild weather, in fact it’s great, but when there is a downpour, the design leaves a bit to be desired. Ponding in the middle of the roof is the problem and we had gallons of it on the roof this morning. I am surprised the whole structure didn’t collapse under the weight. First the lightening started, around 1.30am then earsplitting thunder and on it went, till about 4.30am. Endless. Away it went for a while, and back again.
Getting back onto the main road this morning, through quite deep mud, meant we left a trail down the road and the underside of the wagon, caked. The rain that came a little later soon had the mud washed away.
Astrakhan was singularly unimpressive, driving in, but after finding our $40 hotel room, freshening up, an excellent Pizza and a beer for dinner, we hit the pavement to find this Kremlin, that Jen had read about.
WOW! It’s a very different city when you get into the heart of it. Mediterainian almost, complete with lovely wide Promenade along the river bank and everyone who is anyone, suitably attired and made up, participating in the display. This city has character. Different to Volgograd because it wasn’t destroyed in WW2. Quite a different ethnic mix down in this part of Russia too. Asiatic. It was too late to get into the Kremlin but we will have a shot at it in the morning, before heading to the Kazak border.
Clocks have gone forward again so we have lost an hour today. More of that as we head east.