2 Weeks Down

February 28th, 2007

It’s been 2 weeks. As you regular readers have probably noticed things are going a whole lot better now than they were those first few days.

Yesterday Yuriy set up a lunchtime meeting between us and a guy named Sashko, a member of L’viv’s Off-Road club. That’s right, wheelin’ in Ukraine.

Sashko was a pretty cool guy that spoke pretty decent English. He’s got a Land Cruiser of some sort and was fairly familiar with what the Hilux is (The Tacoma is called Hilux just about everywhere except the US). I tried explaining to him what I had done to my truck and I think he understood most of it. Too bad I can’t just point at it in the parking lot :-)

Around halfway through our lunch I noticed off in the back of this well-lit cafe on the 4th floor of the mall a man showing off… you might not believe this. The guy was showing off his shotgun. “Shotgun” isn’t slang for anything when I say that. He had a shotgun, a large firearm capable of destroying humans, -inside- the cafe on the 4th floor of this large mall! This was damn near the funniest thing I’ve seen since I’ve been here. You can’t take your backpack into the grocery store but you can bring your shot-gun into the cafe!

I don’t fully understand what was decided at the meeting with Sashko but I think I’m going wheeling sometime soon. Apparently these guys do lots of last-second informal runs, sometimes even mid-week. And then 2 weeks from now (2 days before Heather comes) there’s a competition of sorts in Kiev. It sounds like I can go to that as well. My only concern is its a 10hr drive… That’s a long drive. Could be awfully fun though.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Matt  |  March 1st, 2007 at 8:03 am

    A 10 hour drive? Would you still be in Ukraine or would you be traveling to another country?

  • 2. norcalvp  |  March 1st, 2007 at 8:12 am

    Snow wheeling half way around the world sounds sweet… I’d drive 10 Hrs for some sweet wheeling. Shoot I live in a great wheeling area, and I still haven’t been out yet. :(

    I’ll bet that you can’t wait for Heather to get there. I can’t wait for you guys to get back, Then We’ll have another huge party.

  • 3. Bob  |  March 1st, 2007 at 11:44 am

    Yeah, apparently these rigs can only go 50 km/hr (Roughly 30mph I think). Kiev is where it is and that’s actually the capital of Ukraine.

  • 4. heather  |  March 2nd, 2007 at 5:28 am

    I thought getting married implied that you’re not allowed to go wheeling without me!?! :)

    lol, j/k. Sounds like a lot of fun. I can’t wait to hear all about it when I get there the next day!!! YAY!


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