The Peking to Paris Rally is a recreation of the 1907 challenge issued by Le Matin, "Is there anyone who will undertake to travel this summer from Peking to Paris by automobile?"
The 2016 version will follow a route of 13,695 Km (8,510 miles) and take 35 days. We are travelling in Rhubarb and Custard, a 1936 Buick. We know nothing about cars or rallying.
Monday, 23 May 2016
Before about 1750 the area was inhabited by multiple tribal people, very much in the same way as the United States. Most of these tribes followed shamanism, the belief that there is a spirit world of nature and animals that men can connect to, again very similar to the American tribes. The Siberian forests were filled with wildlife such a reindeer, bears and wolves and the Russian government sent successive waves of Cossacks to exterminate the tribes and their hunting grounds. the result is that the wildlife has been greatly reduced and only about 130,000 indigenous people survive.
It's a sad story and I wish I knew more about it. The tale of America's native population is much better known but the story of Siberia is just as interesting.