The weather in July and August varied from chilly upper 40s Fahrenheit overnight in some of the more northern areas, to milder 50s and 60s as lows elsewhere. Highs ranged from 60s when it was rainy and overcast, to low 90s and humid in some cases. It rained for at least some time during most days, with a few heavy downpours and thunderstorms.
Our Trans-Siberian route with side trips came to about 6,400 miles. Afterward I flew back to Moscow – which took 8 hours 40 minutes – and re-crossed seven time zones. After touring Moscow, I took an additional side trip with Alex by motorcycle north to historic St. Petersburg, and toured the wonderful sights there as well. The Hermitage Museum is not to be missed. It's chock full of amazing sculptures, and paintings by the Masters.
Finally I rode back to Moscow, logging about 7,500 miles by land overall for the whole journey. The basic ride took about 28 days, I was in Russia for a total of 35 days.
Long days in the saddle and vast distances may not be everyone's idea of an ideal vacation. For the less hardcore, Russian Moto Tours offers a number of shorter tours.
Most of us really know very little about Russia, and the name Siberia has negative connotations with many folks. However, weeks and thousands of kilometers proved otherwise, as the vast landscape is covered with beautiful forests, farmland, lakes and mountains. The cities often have architecture and modern amenities rivaling the best anywhere, and the rural areas have a rustic charm that's hard to describe.
Looking back, I'm glad I rode across Russia and I was pleased with how honest and helpful Alex and Tim of Russian Moto Tours were. Their help with translation was invaluable since I neither read nor write Russian.
For more information on the Russian Moto Travel Company, check out their website at www.rusmototravel.com