The Hitchhiking Trip to Siberia – 2009
On the road from Ulan-Ude to Moscow
February 17, 2009. Me and the driver were sitting in the cabin of the truck, drinking the last cups of tea we had left. After several attempts to start the engine the accumulator was discharged, and now we couldn’t warm the cabin anymore. Pretty soon it was just as cold as outside. The driver called to his fellow worker and described our situation. Then he turned to me and said, “Now all we have to do is wait and talk. If we fall asleep, we may die.” And so we kept talking and talking in the cold of the night, until his workmate arrived around 6.35 AM. Realizing it may take long to bring the engine back to life, they contacted other drivers on the road via radio transmitter to find someone who could take me towards Omsk. By 8.30 AM I was already talking to the driver of a tractor with an auto-transport semi-trailer. Upon hearing my story of where am I hitchhiking from, he swore for five minutes.