This is the first descent of Europe’s longest river by kayak from the source in the Valdai Hills northwest of Moscow to the river’s delta at the Caspian Sea. The Volga traverses 2300 miles (3700 km) through western Russia’s most beautiful countryside with some of the richest history known to man.
TOTAL MILES TO DATE: 2130.09
TOTAL DAYS: 59
MILES COUNTDOWN: 0.00
April 29, 2014
The Volga River Expedition arrived in the large city of Yaroslavl, Russia (population 591,486) today. The made their way up a small tributary, Kotoros. They were met by yet, another, kayaking club led by their coach, Valentina. Once again, communication with Valentina was great, on my end. She doesn't speak and English and the boys don't speak Russian but the common denomination being "paddlers", they are able to communicate what they each need. Please visit their website here. (If it comes up in Russian, open it using a different browser such as Google Chrome and it will translate to English. IF I'm the only one that didn't know that, sorry)
Yaroslavl is very Austin-like. It's a young, hip, vibrant city with people walking, rollerblading, cycling, etc. It is old but very very clean. The team went under several of the nicest and largest bridges they've encountered since beginning the expedition.
They paddled 36.8 miles today. I will have more to update later...we got cut-off.