Spectacular Buryatia in 48 hours, Russia
Imagine, that you finally decided to travel through Russia by train on the Trans-Siberian railroad. Stop here for 2 days, I have some Routes for you!
DAY 1, 11 AM
I started my road-trip from Ulan-Ude - main city in Buryatia. It`s small town with population about 413k people with very strange curved roads and very agressive drivers. Be carefull) Except litteraly the biggest Lenin`s head statue in the World and the Ivolginskiy Datsan (Centre of Buddhism in Russia) are located it`s impossible to find something interesting here in town, sorry for that.
If somebody tells you, that you can find a public WC in the pedestal under, please take it easy)
After taking 3 or 5 circles around this cyclopic footprint of the socialism I`d set off finally to the Kyahta direction just where the boarder crossing point with Mongolia located. Next time I`ll cross it definately and try to show you the real things. By the way, thanks a lot to our Holy Trio for this fascinating Series from Mongolia with driving, especially Hammond, great JOHN-self-mounted-off-roader in 3rd season of GT! That was a joy!
You can catch such waste-land views just immideately after leaving the city line. Don`t forget about speed limits, because this vast force you to step on accelertor automaticaly
Anyway, even here lucky locals observe the magnificent Nature and you can reach it by car easily even for rent, without 6*6 G-Klasse our a kind of multi-functional-space-all-wheel-drive-road-copter-whatever (UAZ 469 for example). For some reasons, this region covered by the roads vastly. Yes, with asphalt, yes flat sometimes.
So we are going futher due South for the Mongolian border periodicaly meeting 1 or 2 cars maybe per hour. Is it worth talking about the beautiful views that accompany the driver all the way. Passing the Gusinoozersk (Goose-lake) town, which still exists only because of the power plant, which still feeds someone or something and having ride about 250 km from Ulan-Ude the Russia-Mongolia Border Point was achieved. Don`t hide your documetns too far, you`ll need it to show to Border Serivce even you are not going to cross the border (it`s a guarded territory, if you know what mean). And do not worry about gas or diesel - you can find gas stations all the way.
Border point just where the tip of my finger. Just look at this road, the sky and the depth of the horizon
A can of soft-drink, check my e-mails, feed a homeles dog, done with that for today. Full tank again and it`s time to go back. It`s about 3pm. On the way there, I looked after one more unique Buddha temple and decided to pull over on the way back, but black and quite big angry dog (this black runing dot on the sandy road in the lower right corner)) ruined my plans, so only fast 3 shots of my camera, jumping back into my Ford and hit the road again
Also, be carefull, beacause of the cattle loitering here and there and aiming to intercept exact your car when you approaching
So, I`m on my way to the hotel on the comfortable speed about 100 km/h to sleep and to have a heavy local food (it is called "pozy" - meat wrapped in dough) with exploiding level of fat, but energy, that I need so much
This black&white couple staring at me was special, can`t just skip them
DAY 2, 1 PM
Oh, that was really cool. When I started the engine those mornign I didn`t even realized how far will I go. I just wanted to drive. But at this time to the North, to the Eastern coast of the Great Lake Baikal with about 70 km sandy beach on it. Firstly, I have to mention this quite dangerous mountain road, where I was surpisingly caughted by snowfall on the summer tires. Secondly, attention again (!) a lot of cameras ahead.
My first stop was Gremyachinsk, just to take a breath. But what a moment I catched.
Gremyachinsk. BAIKAL - Wise-Guard and The power of Nature Keeper - this view is astonishing
But I was not going to stop on this and I`d jump behind the wheel again to go furher to the Barguzin Reserve and Chivyrkuisky isthmus (I`ve never been there). I was so happy to find that I can reach my destination directly to the bay on my Ford Focus, at that moment it was unbelievable.
I`d never see anything like that in my life. It was a feast of colors and nature elements: wind, sun, sky and stormy water - as if all the Gods had a cool but kind party up there, cause they let me go and with their help and after throwing a coin into the bay and saying "Thanks a lot" for this emotions it was time to go back home. Finally, I drove roughly 1100 km in 2 days, not to mention that it was tremendous weekend with my car, which allows me to see all this glory of our Planet!
Chivyrkuisky isthmus, Baikal Lake, October 2019
You are all very welcome here, my Friends! Just bump me, and I`ll give you any support. Here the route. And I have what to show you more this year! Stay with me and thank you!