Day 22: Saratov – Voronezh ( 545 km )

Luckily the temperature was a little cooler today which made it an all round more enjoyable experience. In the morning we had an exciting time trial which was on a mud track that ran through grass meadows. There were some tight corners which made the car squeal but at the same time it was great fun!
Today we felt as though we were making good progress so we decided to stop for lunch rather than just eat a chocolate bar on the go. We ordered traditional borscht soup as well as pelmeni, which are small meat dumplings. We chose a cafe by the side of the road where a lot of truck drivers had stopped so we figured that it must be good and it was.
When we arrived at the hotel there were many spectators in the parking lot and a couple of them helped to push our car into the right spot. Since the gear mount broke in Mongolia and we lost reverse, Noele has taken over its role, pushing the car back whenever we need to park! Mario thinks having Noele do this makes more sense as being female others will help, whereas whenever Mario pushes the car no one comes to his assistance!

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