Car owners’ public movement “Killed roads of Pskov” holds these days giant motor race along the route Vladivostok - Kaliningrad. August 25 rally participants started in Vladivostok. Cars will travel more than 11 thousand kilometers by roads of the Far East, Siberia and European part of Russia.
The route is traced through Khabarovsk, Chita, Irkutsk and many other Russian cities. Participants of motor race are moving on vehicles provided by “AvtoVAZ” and “Sollers” companies. The purpose of the action is to draw attention to problems of Russian roads condition. Participants are planning to get from east to west Russia for 4 weeks. Five vehicles produced in Russia are involved in the run.
During the first day cars covered 750 kilometers distance from Vladivostok to Khabarovsk for eleven and a half hours. Impressions from the roads are satisfactory. The road surface is not very good but is suitable for cars. Internet access in this part of the road is not widely available, mobile communication is often missing.
August 28, 2011
Participants of motor race Vladivostok - Kaliningrad got to the town Blagoveshchensk. Road 1,5 thousand kilometers is behind. Travelers have made a few stops for rest. Alexander Vasiliev, a social movement leader, said motorists’ backlog of comments to the state highway. The roads have a different condition. In fact, I was expecting the worst. I liked the roads in Khabarovsk. I did not like the roads in Vladivostok, but this is because Vladivostok is now in a big building projects.
A federal highway makes a different impression. The quality of roads is from very good to the complete absence of road. Here's one comment: - yesterday we drove 750 kilometers, and only two signs indicate the location of ambulance. After the rest participants go on path. Message from drivers: “Throughout the road we saw that the highway generally follows the European level. Almost everywhere there mobile phone operate, there are fencing, markings. The most difficult area is in “Jewish Autonomous Oblast”. There's very best plots suddenly replaced by areas without asphalt or with very bad asphalt.”
September 01, 2011
August 30 trip participants arrived in the city of Chita. Here are their impressions of the road length of 1500 km.
In the Amur region, we drove 723 km from Belogorsk. This part of road, about 92%, is in good condition, 8% of road (56 km) is in need of repair. There is partly damaged asphalt on the new sections of road. Telephone service is not available on 30% of the route. There are small cafes and areas for rest for truck drivers in some places along the road. The speed of the vehicles on this part of road is high.
We drove 770 km to Chita in the Trans-Baikal region. 86% of road is in good condition, 8.5 kilometers of road have no asphalt. 60 kilometers of roads need repair. Cellular phone does not work half way. Average vehicle speed is low because large number of turns. There was prolonged stop in the city of Chita. September 1 cars left on the highway M55 “Baikal” to the west towards the Ulan-Ude town.
September 03, 2011
Raid members made stop for rest in Nizhneudinsk before the road to Krasnoyarsk. The city was founded in 1648. The city population is 37 000 inhabitants.
September 04, 2011
Trip to northwest continued. Travelers met a motor home with two German citizens near the village “Niznaya Poyma”. They explained that they were going to Dresden, through Irkutsk, where were admiring the beauty of Lake Baikal. The Germans were traveling in Russia for second month, spending nights in their house.
Travelers get to the town of Kansk. It is the fourth most populous city of Krasnoyarsk Territory. The population is 94 000 people. The city was founded in 1628.
September 4 raid arrived in the city of Krasnoyarsk.
Krasnoyarsk is administrative center of the second largest (by the area) subject of Russia. The city lies on both banks of the Yenisei River. The city population is 980 600 people.
Recreation was until September 6 In Krasnoyarsk, and then become trip to Novosibirsk.
September 06, 2011
Raid passed Achinsk, third most populous city in the Krasnoyarsk Territory. Achinsk is located 160 km to west of Krasnoyarsk. City population is 110 thousand people.
City of Kemerovo was passed (population 521 200 people).
This is the first regional center on the road, where 3G-Internet was not stable working.
September 06, 2011
At 20:00 local time, travelers arrived to Novosibirsk. Novosibirsk is the third largest city of Russia. Here lives 1485 267 people. There is underground, the Zoo and the “Museum of the Sun”.
September 08, 2011
Start in direction to Omsk. It is planned to travel 600 kilometers to the west. Most of the cars in group are products of the Volga Automobile Plant (Lada). Cars in general were leaving a positive impression, after traveling 8000 kilometers on different roads, including gravel and uneven.
At 13:00 of Moscow time raid arrived in the city of Omsk. Omsk was founded in 1716. More than 1.15 million people lives here now. It is the second largest city in Siberia and 7th in Russia. It is planned to spend the night in Omsk on September 10.
September 10, 2011
Today travelers have to overcome 540 kilometers. At 7 o'clock in the morning went on a long journey towards the town of Kurgan. Part of the way passed through the territory of Kazakhstan through the city of Petropavlovsk.
10:31. Wait in line for border checkpoint “Isilkul”. Russian border guards told that point crosses 2,000 people at the day. This figure increases to 4000 in the summer.
11:28. Raid participants get to the Kazakh border office. Migration cards must be completed, and then stand in line half an hour.
12:14. Cars continues to move through the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
After non-stop voyage in Kazakhstan, came to the Kurgan region of Russia.
The second border crossing took just under an hour, perhaps because both Kazakh and Russian points are much larger and more modern.
14:50 The city of Kurgan. Kurgan city located on the Tobol River, a distance of 1973 kilometers from Moscow. The population of the city of Kurgan is 322 400 people (2010).
Start towards the town of Chelyabinsk (distance to Chelyabinsk 267 kilometers). Over 10 kilometers to Chelyabinsk one car from convoy stopped by the police - to check the driver for alcohol.
Chelyabinsk is the administrative center of Chelyabinsk Oblast region. The city's population is 1,130,300 people.
The border between Europe and Asia was crossed and in the same day cars arrived to Ufa city.
Extracts from the diary
Chita - Ulan-Ude
Section of road Chita – Ulan-Ude is one of the most beautiful parts of the route. Nature around the roads is hills and rivers. Open space, beautiful landscapes. The road from Chita to Ulan-Ude is the same in quality as average Russian roads. There are areas with gravel. There are areas where a distance of 50 kilometers where does not work telephone in the Trans-Baikal region. Best coverage has “Megafon” mobile operator. On the way in Buryatia we punched two wheels.
Ulan-Ude - Irkutsk
The road from Ulan-Ude to Irkutsk is in its own way beautiful. This is a road along the lake of Baikal. The road is regularly maintained. The road is some worse in Buryatia. Most road sections are old. In the Irkutsk region the road is better. Closer to the Irkutsk begins serpentines. Additional lanes on the road are not provided. There are road areas which are dangers to drivers.
Irkutsk - Krasnoyarsk
About this road part trip participants were warned many times. Two years ago, on the road section near the town of Taishet get stuck trucks. Now in this area is maintained reconstruction of the road. We agreed with the road builders and passed on the new road. All other machines are still going along the old road. Near the town of Tulun road is narrow and is broken asphalt covered with rubble. Near the village Bulyushka road is pretty smooth, but narrow and winding. There was a lot of dust. This road part is 18 km long.
Krasnoyarsk - Novosibirsk
There is a road with good pavement from Krasnoyarsk to Novosibirsk. Ground areas are not. There is an old cover in Achinsk and Mariinsk. A lot of road service in the form of cafes, gas stations, motels, rest areas for truck drivers are along the road. There is no bypass road in the city of Kemerovo. But passing through the city is not difficult.
Novosibirsk - Omsk
It is straight, broad road. Roadside services are good. There are cafes with modern and good furniture. Parking places for truckers with asphalt. Good toilets. Flow of trucks increases. We have to make a lot of overtaking.
From site vladivostok-kaliningrad.ru. Thanks to raid participants for permission to use photos.
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