Again a short night for us and Max didn’t sleep well. We walk around Baku so much that we decided to by a Metro card. The card itself costs 2 Manat and the you can put some money on. Per ride you pay 20 cents. So, for about €1,50 you can ride a lot around the Metro.
We crossed the border to Russia at 02:15 pm, Again helpful and friendly border Policemen. On the way to Astrakhan we went through Khachmaz, which is a very pretty slightly touristy town. After some crazy driving we met our first corrupt Policemen in Russia. First comes the scare tactic then their price. Because it was our first encounter and we were rather tired we each paid $100 and went on our way. We should have paid them less but which would have worked. All other road blocks were nice and correct. Around 08:30 pm we found a nice Hotel where we could park our bikes in the lobby. But because it was so late our evening meal consisted just gummy bears and crisps – yummy
We had a late start with a ok breakfast. Most of the stuff didn’t look too fresh.
Baku is a lively and clean city. Here are some pics because I’m too lazy to write today…
Tomorrow we’ll hit Russia and in two days’ time we finally meet our other companions – Chris and Jonas in Astrachan.
Slept okay but had weird dreams again. Maybe my mind has finally some space to work on some old issues.
I wonder how many forced cold showers I have to take on this trip 🙂 It’s okay after a day’s ride because your body is overheated but, in the morning,…brrrr
It must have rained quite a bit last night cause the air is clean and cool.
Almost had a head on collision because two effing idiots were overtaking somebody who was overtaking. 50 cm less space for me and that would have been the end. Good thing that in Germany they would have to take another driving test!
Got to Baku around 4 pm. The last 200 Km were shit to drive because it was very windy and the air on the roads is always filled with petrol and diesel fumes. Max got first a headache, then I.
The closer we came to Baku the less friendly were the people and the crazier they drove. Just like any other city.
We’re going to spend an day in Baku to see some POI’s.