The remaining 4 days were lovely and gorgeous.. I really enjoyed this wonderful break on the barge.. It was a nice easy going journey compared to the rugged, rigid shaking about on the bike. For the most part uneventful, so I will just fill the rest of this blog up with photos.. Hope you enjoy.. I had mentioned on facebook and not able to express in a picture the smell of Siberian summer on a barge. The abundant pine trees, and fresh cold flowing water… especially at dawn and dusk .. wish I could bottle that smell and take it home with me! I will always remember it though.
Fog every morning, moon every night – Siberian Magic!
This guy was such a character! And he loves having his photo taken!
Sunset and moonrise…together
Still my only wildlife spotted so far.. horses again, but still happy to see them!
Logging industry, I have since found out is owned by the Chinese…
They ask if I have children.. I say “Niyet”.. They ask if I would like to have Russian baby? “Niyet Spasiba”.. my clue to keep wandering the barge…
There’s the port coming up – Ust Kut!
Walter tells me it’s the first bridge crossing in over 3700 km of river! I love all the facts and figures I get from my Siberian Encyclopedia traveling mate.
We get ready to charge off the boat – one very stir crazy Mr. Colebatch wants to ride!