Of travelling from Moscow to Kaluga or beyond, to Bryansk, Kiev, Odessa, Chisinau, or whatever is beyond that, you are likely to be travelling along the Kiev highway (E101). If hungry when approaching Kaluga stop at one of three cafes named Adel or Adal(?). They are on the on the 125th, 131th, and 132nd kilometre of the highway. Fresh and very inexpensive. The food is undersalted, as it should be, and mustard is freshly prepared from coursely ground seeds – not the kind of thing normally expected in a roadside establishment that caters to truck drivers. The one on the 132nd kilometre is equipped with showers. The total bill for a full meal for two was an equivalent of $20, which is on the inexpensive side.
This tortured soul operates a hostel in Odessa, which is almost as bad as running a full cycle traveller support service in Moscow as I do, and if it wasn’t enough he compulsively drives though less hospitable regions of Russia, including the northern parts, in a truck that can at best be used for a beer run to the nearest town. Read about his adventures and misadventures at www.evencolderthanbefore.wordpress.com. For his trips this travel maso inevitably picks winter too. Recommended reading if you are contemplating travel in the Former Soviet Union space in the Russian Misery Travel (c) mode.