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by Tyler

Three years ago, we drove across Russia in a 1991 Toyota Corolla. Last week, we got an email from a producer at ABC News, asking if we'd be interested in interviewing about the experience for their primetime show, 20/20! They are doing a piece about the recent craze of Russian "dash cam" videos. Apparently, the media has been abuzz about the footage, as evidenced by this clip from The Daily Show:

Frankly, we were both dumbfounded when the email arrived. After a few minutes, Tara concluded that she wasn't particularly interested in the idea of appearing on national TV, feeling distrustful of our nation's media. Meanwhile, I was searching google, amused that my SEO tinkering had proven successful. A search for "driving across Russia" has us on the first page or two of basically every major search engine.

With a little prodding, I convinced Tara to go through with the interview. It seemed silly to say no. I mean, how many opportunities does a person get to be on the sensationalist circus that is American national news? I don't even care if we wind up looking like idiots—the novelty of saying we've been on 20/20 is enough to go through with it!

Traffic Merging, Russian Style

After we agreed, ABC told us they weren't only looking for an American perspective, they also wanted a first-hand account of driving in Russia from a Russian native. And who better to represent the motherland than our old friend Evgeniy!? I passed his contact information along, and it looks like they are going to talk to him as well. Apparently, as part of the interview, they are going to have him take them for a drive in Moscow!

If Evgeniy is even a fraction as "crazy" as he was three years ago, they should be in for a treat.

Culture Shock! Russia

Tomorrow morning, ABC is sending a camera crew to our land to film the interview. We have no idea what to expect. Will they even be able to get up our driveway? Will they film us in our little camper? What questions will they ask us? How will they portray us? What exaggerated headlines will appear on screen over clips of us talking?

Internet hippies say roads in Russia are "CRAZY!"

Ex-nomadic, techno luddites report on Russian roads from off-grid camper.

I guess we'll find out. The episode airs on ABC @ 10PM EST, Friday, March 8th!

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LOL, crazy where life leads us sometimes! Hope it went well!
I'm enjoying catching up on your older posts and following your homesteading adventure. I've been following Jenna from Cold Antler Farm for some time now.
Posted by Nicole on March 4th, 2013 at 11:10 PM
OMG, so funny! I died laughing when I saw the John Stewart show on this......and had to share with Kai because he's been to Russia.

Can't wait to see what comes of this for you two!
Posted by Sheila on March 5th, 2013 at 12:59 AM
This I have to see! Hopefully it will make its way on to YouTube :)
Posted by Tony on March 5th, 2013 at 4:05 AM
Oh my! This will be a treat!! I cannot wait to see how 20/20 will deal with Evgeniy! They will have to do a lot of editing :). I am programming the DVR now.
Posted by Debbie on March 5th, 2013 at 8:22 AM
Very cool! I have been checkinh out your website for almost three years now. I saw in the St. Cloud times that you were biking through Europe. I was about to study abroad in Germany and travel throughout Europe, so I was reading your posts every day in 2010. I like how you follow your dreams. I now check out your site every once in a while to see what you are up to. Congratulations on the cool life experience of being on 20/20.
Posted by Erik on March 5th, 2013 at 8:36 PM
LOL, thanks for the well wishes everyone! One more day until we're on national news. This should be interesting...
Posted by Tara on March 14th, 2013 at 8:30 AM
Guys. your welcome in Russia, I hope see you here and here will be a much of fun. I promise you:))
Posted by Evgeniy on March 16th, 2013 at 2:07 PM