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Kemerovo


I slept until 10:00.

I guess I needed it. Slowly I woke up, had a shower and breakfast and then I hit the road at about midday. On my way to Kemerovo.

Back to bogland!

I have always had a strong admiration for the NASA's first six. But my devotion to the Russian cosmonauts has always been stronger.

Hence my visit to Baikonur last year. The place where everything started. Totally unexpected, and how strong are the odds, I arrived in the village known to be the birthplace of German Titov.

Titov was the second man in space, after Yuri Gagarin.

But he was the first to spacewalk, and he was the youngest man in space.

Titov was only 25 when he orbited 187 times in 1960. He received the medal of "Hero of the Soviet Union", among many other medals.

Unfortunately he died in 2000 at the age of 65.

And so I am in Kemerovo, on my way to Irkutsk and Lake Baikal.

No remorse about taking this decision. Especially when I got to know today that the road to Khovd in Mongolia was horrible. 150 km of sand patches and washboard road. Even experienced riders where destroyed....

#asia #russia #june

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