Bicycle trip Kerch - Feodosia
When Grisha offered to go on a hike, I agreed without hesitation: I just had a break at work and I was free and wanted to take a break from the city. There were 4 of us in total: Grisha Kosyak, I (Artem Klochko), Tatyana Romanchuk and Tolik Orekhov. Having drawn an approximate thread of the route (Kerch - Kerch fortress - Opuk reserve - saline lakes in the south of the peninsula - Feodosia), we stocked up on food (I forgot half of mine at home and had to buy more on the road) and boarded the train Zaporozhye - Dzhankoy. In Dzhankoy, we switched to an electric train to Kerch, which takes 6 hoursin and her wagons are such that you can sleep there (ordinary parade ground).
It is most convenient to drive up to the Kerch fortress from the south, there are no guards, fences with barbed wire and you can go to the sea. Almost the entire fortress is located underground in underground structures and tunnels. Very interesting :)
The weather on the first day was wonderful - not strong wind and warm. There is a strange monument in the photo, we saw it only from afar and our overnight stay
The next day we drove up to the Opuk nature reserve, but there a forester's jeep blocked our way, who demanded (a forester, not a jeep) 45 UAH per person per pass, we thought it was expensive and asked us to let two of us go to the source to get water . Grisha and I went, while Tolik and Tanya at that time decided to go along the spit that separates the saline lake near Opuk from the sea. As it turned out, it was not the best idea: the bikes got stuck, it was difficult to walk. Grisha and I managed to walk around the reserve, collect a few eggplants of water, go around the salt marshesthe lake and Grisha still managed to swim, and I read a book while we were waiting for the winners of the sandy spit: Tanya and Tolika :)
The road to the Opuk reserve and on the last slide there is a photo of the source. The weather was great.
On the third day we woke up from rain and strong wind. We decided to wait in the tent until the bad weather passed, but for 2 hours she didn’t even think to pass. I had to break camp and move on along the route. Because of the rain, the dirt road turned into mud, we had to roll the bikes, stopping to clean the wheels from clods of dirt. The wind, of course, was in the face, and the speed was about 15 m / s. The rain gradually stopped. 500 meters before the asphalt, Grisha's rear shifter broke down and we made it a two-speed one: it was possible to put only 1 or 2 starsdo in front and then - pulling the chain with your hands. So we went. On the pavement, almost immediately, the road was blocked by a military unit and we had to go around again through the mud for about 40 minutes, then again we drove onto the pavement. We spent the night a couple of kilometers from the Crimean Khan (this is such a well-known farm), where they expected to take water tomorrow. By the way, the gasoline burner was clogged with bad gasoline and for the last two days we ate only dry food. The night passed under the same strong wind as in the morning and in the afternoon, but that didn't stop us from playing a game of munchkin :) By the way, the total score for the whole trip: Grisha -3, Tolik - 1, I - 1, Tanya did not win. On the last day, we tried to push hard to catch the train to Feodosia, and the weather helped us: the sun dried up the dirt, the asphalt was almost always there. In Feodosia, they ate borscht in a cafe, by the way, it turned out that it was profitable to eat on the embankment, and in the city center prices for cafes are higher. from Feodosia to Dzhankoy we traveled by rail bus - a cool electric train from one car. I liked the hike: the first two days were boring, and then it became fun because of the weather :) It is because of such hikes that I want to go again and again.