Today we plan to get as close as possible to Yakutsk but with 400km of the M56, the forest fires and the dust from the road to contend with we’re not sure if we’ll get all the way In one day!
So fuel up and off we go with not a great start, the road was a mess with deep lose stone from the road works and four large ridges in between of the truck tracks. Thick smoke and thicker dust it was not an enjoyable ride.
Got to the Aldan ferry but due to the smoke the captain wouldn’t leave for safety reasons luckily when the smoke got worse he did leave! What’s that all about?
As soon as we boarded the ferry we were surrounded by kids all very interested in us and the bikes, In fact everywhere we go we’re like a couple of celebs people gather round want to know where we’ve been where we’re going and why are we doing it!ed
So three hours later than expected we’re off the ferry and back on the shitty road heading for a cafe, another of Walter’s waypoints and stopped for a bit of lunch. Then off for the Lena river ferry, after lunch the smoke started to clear and the road got better with less traffic/dust so we were happy!
Then onto the Lena ferry about 7pm where we got talking to Nick and Anna, Anna is an English teacher and Nick studied in the US so both had great English.
After talking to Nick and Anna for half an hour or so they asked us where we were staying, we told them we were going to find somewhere when we got to the centre of Yakutsk. They offered us to stay with them as they had a garage for the bikes and it would be late to start looking for accommodation, so we followed them home. When we arrived at their house Anna started clearing out their bedroom whilst Nick made us tea, it was only when they bought us to their room we realised and felt bad that they would do this for us but they were more than happy! By the time we had got our stuff in the room Nicks mum had arrived to cook for us. I’m amazed at how these people took us into their home, two complete strangers on motorbikes. So we chatted for a couple of hours had a hot shower (first since we left the UK) and to bed.
Distance travelled 429kms Max Altitude 250mtrs
Total Distance travelled 1885kms