On Day #12 of the E-Class Experience, the E320 Guy leaves Europe and heads into Asia. On the drive from Perm to Yekatarinburg, we cross the Ural Mountains and leave the snow behind. The drivers have been impressed with the E320 safety features and also with their time in Russia. From here, it’s on to Kazakhstan, then into China.
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Move over Borat. The E320 Guy is in Kazakhstan and contrary to the movie, we’re finding that the people over here are incredibly friendly. The paris-Beijing 2006 E Class Experience is more than halfway to our destination and our trip through the steppes is enlightening. We meet Ed Deppe, a pilot and computer forensics expert from Minnesota on this leg of the journey.
It’s Day #11 and the trek through Russia continues as leave Kazan on our way to Perm. This is the second to last day of driving for the second leg of the Paris-Beijing 2006 E Class Experience and we learn about changing tires and putting on chains, just in time. On our way to Perm we hit the first meaningful snow of the trip. It makes for one of the longest days of the tour.
It’s Day 10 of the Paris-Beijing 2006 tour and we are follwing the Volga River from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan. We’ve covered just under 5000 of the 13,600 km between paris and Beijing. Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatrstan and the adventure continues.