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Lousy night of sleep
for everyone. But maybe tonight will be good. We left Kirensk and headed to
Olyokminsk for fuel and, then to Yakutsk for sleep. We are on the down hill side to
the commemorative flight. Andres says there was too much publicity about this flight
in Russia. He's the translater and he's tired. When we look at how everything
has worked, we are amazed. There is no way this thing should have worked out.
But here we are on the last of the commemoration. We are looking forward to
Alaska. When we hit Nome, we will know that it worked. We have good friends
now in Russia. Good friends and good times.
Khalide and I got to
Olyokminsk 20 or 30 minutes ahead of everyone else. Greeted again by townspeople,
mayor and dancing girls. This is where I noticed the looks changing to more of a
Mongolian people. Mud runway. Poor Mary Beth. More gifts. Don't
know what I'm going to do about hauling everything. (I guess I'll have to leave my
Mom's Russian Eggs here. NOT)... We fueled here and headed to Yakutsk in marginal
weather. We had to go, we heard we were getting a hotel with a mattress and hot
water. There may even be a phone. Heaven. OK, down deep, after a while,
I crave the luxuries. We followed the river and did just a little scud running, but
Yakutsk was beautiful. Formation over the airport then 1,2,3-- on the runway.
Again media, girl scouts (in Siberia), W.W.II women pilots, dancing girl that did a throat
clucking thing and again, the traditional friendship bread. We met a man at the
airport who crawled all over Mary Beth. He had a Maule Brochure. He wants to
purchase 3 for the airport and was thrilled to see one. (Brent Maule, do your
stuff). I wonder if they need someone to ferry them over. ME, ME, ME
!!!! We are spending 2 nights here to rest and play. All 17 of us are
tired. This hotel has a fax also. So, I can catch up with ya'll... Nikki is
scouting for a sauna and Jeremy is looking for a Riverboat.
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