Photographer's Note

This road (Antratsyt – Dyakovo – Rostov-on-Don) was formerly a part of the main thruways connecting central regions of Russia and its southern lands. But when the railways and highways (Moskow – Kharkiv – Rostov-on-Don and Moskow – Voronezh – Rostov-on-Don) had been built it became a much less important way. Although the road connects Ukraine and Russia, now it is considered as a local road being mostly unpaved. In Rostov Oblast it runs via three rural districts not coming into its capitals. The picture was taken in Rodionovo-Nesvetayskiy district, around 45 km from Rostov.

On the skyline you can see one of very many shelterbelts planted since 1948 across the steppes of southern USSR according to Stalin’s "Great Plan for Transformation of Nature". A shelterbelt or ‘lesopolosa’ (‘forest strip’) in Russian is the best place for overnight rest during a bike travel.

GPS coordinates: 47.57444 Lat, 39.31080 Long, 99 m

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Additional Photos by Sergiy Lushpenko (s_lush) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1962 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
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