The Journey Home – Reading to Mongolia in a 1999 Yaris

Over the last few weeks the lads have driven from the finish line in Ulan-Ude, Russia all the way west to Moscow, visiting cities along the way which still resembled the Soviet Union, with many old Soviet buildings and communist monuments.

From Moscow they headed north up to Saint Petersburg where they spent a night exploring. In the morning they then headed west again out of Russia and into Europe. They stayed a night in Tallinn, Estonia and then continued south through Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. Once they got to Warsaw, they stayed another night before heading back East to Ukraine. After some trouble at the border, where they weren’t allowed in, they headed south to another border crossing.

The lads headed east to the capital of Ukraine, Kiev where they have spent the last 4 nights. They were lucky enough to experience the Chernobyl exclusion zone and Pripyat, the abandoned towns of the Chernobyl disaster, the worst nuclear disaster in history. They also explored the abandoned towns with their Geiger counters testing for radioactivity. In some places they experienced radiation of 265 units, where the normal level of radiation is 0.2 units! There was border control in and out of the exclusion zone where they were tested for radiation, making sure it was safe.

They are now heading south to Moldova for the night before heading back into Europe. The car is coping well still, although there is a small leak in the radiator, so just have to keep an eye on the coolant level.