Helsinki to St Petersburg 240miles

Reaching St Petersburg was quick and easy. The border crossing was the usual bureaucracy. On a motorbike we were summoned to overtake the queue. If I could have been quicker if I had filled in the customs form correctly. The road to St Petersburg was good, however as it was single carriageway the lorries


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drove half in the hard shoulder to let vehicles overtake. Reminded me of Mexico. Some cars were doing ridiculous speeds I was undertaken by a merc doing at least 120 mph. The traffic in St Petersburg was grid locked, but sally sat nav got us to the correct destination. Have not seen a single foreign plated vehicle yet. The bikers all wave but a lot of stony faced stares from the car drivers. Hotel is basically a converted apartment. Huge with a bath and a piano, guess the hassle in getting it down the stairs made it easier to leave it behind. It’s the Hermitage today and more sight seeing.