Mid morning here in China, we’re driving for our first autonomous run of the day on the highway G312 to Urumqui. Moving away from the magnificent (and cold!) Tian Shan, the Celestial Mountains, we have still quite cool temperature but nice sunny weather. No problems with the vehicles in the last runs, only one broken [...]
We have camped in a very nice location at about 15 km from the Sayram Hu lake and surrounded by the wonderful Borohoro snowy mountains at an altitude of 2000m. We did two runs of 80 and 32 Km respectively climbing up for a total of with 1500 m, with some offroad section; hopefully we [...]
We are now “climbing” the mountains towards China. The temperature fell down and the weather is getting worse. The second run in autonomous mode is just finished, now we’ll proceed on the trucks to gain some time.
We’re travelling autonomously towards Almaty, where we’re finally going to have some rest at an hotel… this is good news, since on two motorhomes the heating gas tanks are almost empty, and it’s quite cold at night in this area!
After 5 days travelling around Russia and Kazakhstan for about 1500km today we made our first kazak run in autonomous mode. Everything went well: the country is so huge that main roads here are just straight lines hundreds of km long. Now we are stopped at about 300km from Almaty. Bye for now
We are stopped on the road to Almaty to refill the motorhomes and the trucks and change some local currency. The satellite connection has now been restored, hopefully it will resist a bit
Now we are close to Pavlodar. Unfortunately, due to the heavy delay causes by customs problems of the last days, no autonomous driving until we reach Almaty. Our friend with the expired visa, together with the interpreter, is now in Novorsibisk to solve the visa problem, they will rejoin the expedition in Almaty. The steppe [...]
Yesterday in the morning we visited the city, after an amusing night we spent drinking beer and singing traditional italian songs with some russian guys we met at the pub In the afternoon we showed the vehicles to the mayor of Novokuzniek and then we had the press conference. At the end we answered the [...]
First run of 74 km today but unfortunately the car transporter has a problem that the truck drivers haven’t been able to figure out yet. Anyway for the moment the transporter keeps going. Arrived in Novokuzneck late afternoon, we parked the vehicles near the ancient Fortress of Kuzneck and went to the hotel. Last autonomous [...]
First autonomous run of 70 km today, we’ve driven with plenty of uphills and downhills on the beautiful Altay Mountains, the “Mountains of Gold”. Had then a very good second run with 80 km done and still enough batteries left to drive for another few kilometers but as we were starving at that point we [...]