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South West Kazakhstan – II

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We left Atyrau carrying 6 litres of used engine oil, wondering quite how to dispose of it an environmentally responsible manner?  We pulled into a small roadside garage to explain our predicament and see if we could use whatever disposal facilities they may possess in this part of the world?Something got lost in translation and they seemed intent on returning…

South West Kazakhstan – I

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In our league table of areas visited so far, Western Kazakhstan is, unfortunately, in the relegation zone…along with Belgium.This is down to a variety of factors, and some of these have more to do with us, our preparation and expectation management, rather than the country.  Allow me to digress…
Firstly, our pace was starting to take its toll, both on…

Kazakh wedding

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By sec. XX Kazakhstan  was a country of nomads. Less southern area through which the Silk Road . I mean where do we intend to take. May all travelers avoid this segment and pedal or drive their vehicle in Georgia in Azerbaijan, and the Caspian Sea ferry crossing.We are more twisted: Avoid ferries – especially this one, that awful sting your pocket, Basque has an uncertain time, that…

Everything changes

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Location : 50° 43′ 35″N, 86° 18′ 28″E (Altai Republic, Russia)
Distance from Sydney:  11,401km

They say that if you put a frog in a pot of water and slowly boil it, the change of temperature is slow enough that the frog won’t realise it’s being cooked, and will die before he jumps out.  I always wondered whether the frog at…

A long day

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An insight into a day on the road where things don’t go as planned.
Benn: 4am: I realise I am awake. Early hours of the morning, still dark outside our hotel room in Almaty, Kazakhstan. There is a car alarm squealing in the distance. I suddenly get that momentary sick feeling in my stomach as I register that it sounds…

Kazakhstan

KAZAKHSTAN           27TH October
We are forced to transit Kazakhstan to reach Kyrgyzstan, due to the border between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan being closed due to ethnic tensions.  This adds several days to our journey and also hundreds of miles.   We know the weather is fast closing in on us and we have to dash as fast as possible through Kazakhstan, despite…