Travelling across the former Soviet Union is a challenge at the best of times – but in a dilapidated VDub… that’s got to be plain daft... hasn’t it?
A chance job offer at a timber yard in Estonia gives Thom and his old pal Jo a taste for the unknown. So when Uncle Tony asks them to drive to Vladivostok for another job, they can’t think of a good reason why not.
The result is a classic caper across the former Soviet Union in Max, a rusty old VW camper. Knowing little of the language or the geography ahead, they embark on probably the longest commute ever, encountering corrupt officials, film star mechanics and over-friendly gangsters. Far off the tourist trail, they bear witness to the collapse of one nation and the birth of a new one during the free-for-all that was Russia in the nineties.
‘This engaging tale will be an inspiration for anyone who’s ever daydreamed about abandoning the humdrum and hitting the road’
John Mole, author of I Was a Potato Oligarch
Featured in Wanderlust, June 2011
‘Wheeler’s book is an absorbing and entertaining look at Russia’s dramatic evolution in the ‘90s’.
‘Entertaining account of a drive to Vladivostok and the encounters along the way.’
‘This well-written account is full of humour, character portraits and information asides.’