The roads in Russia are, as a rule, bad, and for various reasons the country is not suitable for cycling tours. A passport must be carried.
Cyclists entering Russia must deposit at the Custom House by which they enter the duty of 12 roubles in gold (about £1 18s. 6d.), care being taken to make a written declaration on stamped paper to the effect that the money is being only deposited, and that the machine will be re-exported: this deposit is returned on leaving the country. As, however, the deposit fund in each Custom House is totally distinct from the general fund, the deposit cannot be returnee! unless there is sufficient money on hand for that particular purpose. Failing this; the chief of the Custom House must apply to St. Petersburg, and months may elapse before he is in a position to pay the money. In such a case the cyclist should write to the British Consul at St. Petersburg asking him to get the deposit refunded.
In Finland there is a duty of one Finnish mark (9Jd.) per kilogram. Tourists' cycles are, however, admitted free, without formality.
The column in the routes headed "Objects of Interest" is intended to help in planning a tour; detailed information should be sought in the usual guide books. Murray's "Handbook for Travellers in Russia, Poland, and Finland," price l£s., is recommended.
That part of Russia lying south of Warsaw and west of Odessa is shown on sheets D I, E 1, 2, F 1, 2, 3 of the " Uebersichtskarte von Mittel Europa," scale I : 75°,000 (about twelve miles to an inch), which can be obtained at the Club Offices at 2s. per mounted sheet.