Hello cyclist! I'm on my journey from Norway to Kazakhstan... Now heading up to Russia from Estonia.
My itinerary will be something like this:
Tallinn -> Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg -> Nogvorod
Nogvorod -> Moscow
Moscow -> Samara
Samara -> Oral (Kazakhstan)
I had been fighting against the comments that people gives me about cycling in Russia. Many people tries to scare me about how Russians can be: drunk, violent and racist. I know these comments are based on stereotypes and I don't want to follow them, but even some russian people adviced me about this. So it's getting hard to start without having all this on mind.
I don't speak any russian... and I'm planning to do camping, couchsurfing/warmshowers and hostels...
Did you ever cycled throught Russia? What suggestions will you give? Do you know if the main roads are safe for cycling? Do you know if it's easy to camp? Is there camping spots?
Whatever you want to comment will be a huge help for me, so just write down whatever you think/know... And if there's some Russians here please say hi so I can see how nice you can be :)
Thanks in advance.