Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Cycling through Clouds in Central Asia: Ugly Part of Kazakhstan; Today: 90 km; Total: 2480 km

June 27, 20144

I could not sleep well last night either for the heavy trucks passing by although we were about 700 meters away from the road, or for the noisy mice behind my tent. I got out my tent a couple of times and saw really beautiful sky, full of stars. It has been a long time since I had seen a starry night like that.

We were camping in the desert; we needed to wake up really early to avoid packing up in blazing sun. We were on the road by 7:30 after having breakfast. We had a very fast start due to loosing elevation and a gentle tail wind. At 1 pm, we arrived in a village where there was a river. We bought pasta and water, and went to the river bank. How refreshing it was to take a bath in the river. Then a good pasta! But the temperature was really high. We waited until 3:45 to start again. Before that, some kids from the village gathered around us and tried to make some sort of communication. From there on, we were riding in boiling weather and in a desert! The road was also the worst with a lot of bumps.

At 6:30, with no good camping spot at sight, we had to either keep going and suffer until we hopefully find some good spot, or to seek shelter under the shade of some trees and wait for a little tolerable temperature to pitch up our tent. We stopped.

After having instant noodle, we are now trying to sleep. Tomorrow is a big day. We will cross Chinese border. 

The Kids from the Village Paid us a Visit

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