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Ed and Max arrive Barnaul

August 17th, 2008 · 4 Comments

My God they looked disgusting. After all they had not showered in 4 days and survived 30c temperature during the day with virtually no shade. Though exhausted from the ordeal they seemed in good spirits.

While Ed remained asleep in the taxi, Max came to my room for an 18 minute shower, then announced he should have stayed in longer. He truly looked like a different person.

Then it was back to the taxi, down the street and into their hotel. They have been asleep for about 5 hours.

They arrived here 4 hours late but I will let them share the details – the headline goes something like this: Russian Bear fiddles while brothel customers revel.

We plan now….flexibility reigns here….to depart for the Mongolian border at 0700 tomorrow.

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  • 1 Fabrice // Aug 17, 2008 at 2:03 am

    Just out of curiosity, but, is the meter ticking? Glad to see that my friend Jimmy is back among the living. Do you change yurts every night and drive them crazy like you used to?

    Bon voyage. F.

  • 2 Mother Monckton // Aug 17, 2008 at 7:08 am

    Boys, well one. The “Taxistan two “are now liberated, and straight into the hands of the Russians. I hope Jimmy is giving you pep talks, food and other kinds of spiritual advice. Great that the three Musketeers are now back together and ready for the off. Would love to see a before and after picture of Max and Ed on arrival in Barnaul. Sounds like Barn Owl……
    Keep trucking. Good luck. Love to you all from sunny SW18

  • 3 Peter B // Aug 17, 2008 at 9:57 pm


    You have experience with Jimmy and yurts (“gers” now in Mongolia) too? He left his clothes all over his ger in Mongolia a few years ago.


  • 4 Aunt Carina Monckton // Aug 18, 2008 at 12:59 am

    I now see the benefits of educating them at a school where the level of creature comforts made taxistan seem like the ritz!
    I do hope they did not forget to apply for EU subsidies and development funding during their occupancy.

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