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This lady crossed the entire of Russia… on a BIKE! (PHOTOS)

“An experience like this alters a person a lot. I remember thinking that only weirdos dared to go on such crazy adventures and I wouldn’t do it. The very first trip really expanded the boundaries of my mind. I realized that if I can cross the entire Russia on a bike, then many other things that are not connected to traveling at all are also possible,” the newly-made traveler now believes.

At 25 years of age, Anna Rodnishcheva admits she’s by no means been an athlete and had solely ever ridden her bike in a neighboring park. But, at some point, she acquired so bored of her bland metropolis life (she works as a photographer in Moscow) that she determined upon a real act of insanity. With her saved funds, she launched into an enormous bike journey. In 2022, Anna examined herself on the Moscow-Sochi stretch (2,947 kilometers; 1,831 mi.) and, in 2023, she launched into her important journey from Vladivostok to Sochi – that is 11,601 kilometers (7,208 mi.)!

“Vladivostok was chosen as a starting point, which I reached by train. Not to save money or for comfort, but because that’s an adventure in itself. You have enough time to ponder your entire life over almost seven days spent on a train – this is generally a very therapeutic experience. When I left Moscow, I was sick of my job, but, by the end of the trip, I was ready to take up my camera again,” Anna says.

When she arrived within the metropolis, she reached the Tokarevsky Lighthouse and switched on her app that counts the gap traveled.

Departing from Vladivostok, Anna did not but know the place she was going. She had 4 targets and the vacation spot wasn’t as necessary. “First goal – to cross the entire Russia from sea to sea. Second – to test myself long distance. Third – to spend time alone with myself and think over many things. And fourth, of course, to see large cities!”

When embarking on such a journey, it’s important to be prepared for something. During her journey, Anna largely slept in a tent in a subject; as soon as, she needed to sleep at a bus cease. She took alongside an entire animal repellent equipment: “They scare people in the Far East with stories about bears and tigers, so I had pepper spray, a hunter signal and flares – thankfully, I didn’t need any of it! What I didn’t take was something against dogs, they often attack cyclists. I wasn’t bitten, but it’s scary when a giant dog runs at you. Of course, I had a tent with me, a tourist foam mat, spare parts for my bicycle and so on.”

Anna regrets that she had by no means actually educated earlier than: “I covered about 100 kilometers daily and, for a bike trip across Russia, that’s quite small – at times, you won’t reach anything within these 100 kilometers, that’s just a road from one village to another.’ Not everything went smoothly on the road, but Anna learned to tackle every situation without panicking. “There have been emergency conditions with my bike – a few of them I used to be capable of clear up myself, for some I needed to go to a restore store. Once, my bike broke down between cities – then I caught a journey they usually drove me to a restore store. People helped me like that a number of instances,” she says.

And, over the course of her epic journey throughout Russia, Anna met numerous totally different folks: “In total, I met three types of people on my journey. The first type – simple passers-by (for example vehicle relocators), who saw me in one region and then met me again in another. They would say: ‘We’re relocating our third car already and you’re still on the road!?’ They usually gave me some food, snacks or some water. The second type – travelers like me. Sometimes cyclists, sometimes hitchhikers. Among them was the only foreigner on my way – an Iranian. He wanted to reach Magadan from Moscow, but, unfortunately, his visa ran out and he didn’t have quite enough days to finish his journey. The third type was the locals. Sometimes, they offered me to spend a night at their place, showed me their city – I remember it with warmth. But, you still have to talk to everyone carefully. Sometimes, I met not entirely sane people. I personally advise you not to talk to roadside sellers and to talk to truckers with caution.”

Anna with the Iranian she met on the highway.

Anna at one of many bike posts.

Anna, identical to she needed, rode by many massive cities: Stavropol, Volgograd, Saratov, Chelyabinsk, Ulan-Ude, Chita. In some, she stopped at bike posts of the native bike golf equipment. She additionally spent two days in Irkutsk to have fun her birthday – she even has a photograph with a cake at Lake Baikal!

On October 10, Anna reached the ultimate level of her journey – Sochi – and, quickly, she’ll be again at residence in Moscow. She’s glad about it and now she thinks enthusiastically about sedentary life: “This might sound strange, but I got a bit tired over the course of the journey. Always on the road, always talking to new people – this is really tiresome over the course of five months. Now I’ll return home, see my parents and go back to work. For now, I don’t plan any new travels.”

A bicycle workshop from Volgograd gifted Anna a helmet.

And here is what Anna advises those that need to repeat her journey: “First of all – everything is possible! A regular healthy untrained person can cover this distance, if they wish. I hope my story will be seen, especially by girls and they’ll realize they can travel by themselves. Second, an experience like this alters a person a lot. I remember thinking that only weirdos dare to go on such crazy adventures and I wouldn’t do it. The very first trip really expanded the boundaries of my mind. I realized that if I can cross the entire Russia on a bike, then many other things that are not connected to traveling at all are also possible. But, if you suffer from depression, don’t count on this journey to restore you to life! Afterwards, you will still return to the city and go back to your daily routine. Third, financially, anyone can go on such journeys. You can do it with a budget of 15-20 thousand rubles (approx. $150-$200) per month; with more comfort, of course, it will be more expensive – but that is up to you.”

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