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10. May 2009 — Sitting ankered on the Black Sea

So update at 3pm Turkish time still on the ferry. Sighted land at 10am and ankered at 11:30 or so. Since then just waiting on what. I do not know. Read my guidebooks and updated the journal….

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 05/10 at 07:04 AM
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11. May 2009 — More Rain in Sochi

Woke up and still raining buckets. Did not look like it would clear up either. So went for breakfast and hung around until 10:30 to see if there would be any improvement in the weather. Nada, still raining buckets. I normally don’t shy away from a bit of rain, but this was the stuff that would have soaked me to the bone in 30min. So made the decision to stay an extra night…

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 05/11 at 08:08 AM
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12. May 2009 — North into Russia

The look out the window was a shock - rain again. Grrr getting sick of this. So down for breaky and a smoke. Downpour again. Went back too my room and got the maps loaded onto my GPS. Rain died down, so happier now. On check out got my visa registered. They didn’t stamp the migration card but I got a copy of the registration. Hope that is enough…

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 05/12 at 08:43 AM
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13. May 2009 — East towards Volgograd

In one of the Douglas Adam’s Books he talks about this truck driver who without him knowing is a rain god. So he has 200 something different names for rain. Much like Inuit do for snow. Of course he is always pissed off. He would have to be really. Why am I bringing this up, because guess what, it was lashing down all day long. Started with light rain, then heavy showers in between and even when it didn’t rain for half an hour I got still soaked from the spray all the trucks were throwing up. I must be a rain god as well because weather wise this trip was not the bees knees. At least I’m not grumpy yet, spirits are still high….

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 05/13 at 09:03 AM
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14. May 2009 — Along the Volga to Astrakhan

What a relieve to have the sun out today. Did tension the chain and checked tire pressure this morning. I also asked at the motel to put a stamp onto my migration card which turned out to be a major operation involving at least 3 people. It took about 30 minutes for somebody to show up and put a stamp onto a piece of paper. This was just in case the Russian border officials would complain about the card being a blank canvas….

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 05/14 at 04:09 PM
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