Monday, August 15, 2011

Russia! Day 1

The flight was the hardest part so far of this trip, it was 10 hours and I got a sick from the dinner they gave us on the flight.... gross! I was sardined in the middle seat between 2 Russian men who spoke no English, or German. I watched the movie Arthur about 5 times because I couldn't fall asleep no matter how hard I tried, and I kept getting sick!

When we finally arrived in Moscow, we had to wait in line to go through customs. Then picked up our bags and about 15 bike boxes, everyone starred at us as we walked through the airport. The picture below shows one of the bike box towers. (Pictured: Kate, Jen, and Chloe)

This is the intersection was chaotic!! There were no stop lights, you went in whatever direction and hope no one runs into, it was very aggressive and they don't yield to pedestrians, you have to make sure no one hits you when crossing!

We went on a Charter bus to get to the hotel. It was about an hour drive to the hotel on the interstate, and it was probably the scariest driving experience ever! Once again, there are no rules, so people were speeding, dodging in and out of cars, and passing shoulder.

Here are the Russian rubles, this looks like a lot of money, but its only $116 in US dollars.

We finally made it to the track and put our bikes together! The track is HUGE!! 2 stories high and AMAZING!

Here is another shot of the track
We had lunch at the track:
-chocolate (which I am allergic to)
Here is the picture of Russian Chocolate! Can't even read it:
We made it back to our hotel and Jackie Denny and I are room mates, our hotel room is typical except the beds are twin size and they are really low to the ground and have a dip in the middle of the mattress! There was vodka in the fridge and the hotel staff put a lock on our fridge so now we can't use it!
Here is the view from our window, the skyscrapers in the background is "downtown"
Thats all for today! More to come!!

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