Forward to Stalingrad!

Friday, June 6, 2014

So I took off out of work about 2:00 on a Friday to trying to get about 250 miles or so, towards the old Stalingrad, in before finding a place to camp. About 100 miles into the ride I felt something hit my arm then 3 seconds later a horrible pain. Pulled over to see a bee stinger hanging out of my arm! Damn that hurt!
Anyways kept going after a short break until finally seeing a lake off in the distance turned off the road down a little track beside a field and ended up at a nice spot.
t got a little colder than I was expecting, considering it was like 90 during the day. Then woke up bright and early the next day to try to get the rest of the 400 miles or so in to Volgograd!
Woke up about 6:30 Saturday and was on the road by 7:00. Had about 400 miles to go in a nice 95 degree heat.
Ran across this on the side of the road at some point.
It was a long day…. The road went from ok to bad back to ok so my speed was always fluctuating.
Just outside of Volgograd I wanted to stop at a burial site.
This was first established by the Germans during the war. Around 1995 I think it was turned into a massive cemetary relocating graves scattered around to a more centralized location. On one side of the street was a German burial site on the other a Soviet.
This was the soviet side. Very nicely done everything clean and well kept.
This was the German side. It was clean and well kept but not nearly as elaborate as the Soviet side. I dont know why this is, I assume this is what they were allowed to do by the Russians nothing to elaborate. There are currently about 48,000 German soldiers buried here.
After that I continued on into Volgograd. It was about 6:00pm and I wanted to find a hotel to wash and sleep.
Continue: Volgograd, Russia the Old Stalingrad

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