Thursday, 8 November 2012

from Osh (KGZ) to the border of China

33km , 2150 alt. camping, -0.1 C

36km, alt. 2389. nach Guelchoe camping 1685 alt.

47 km, alt. 2400. total 5824, camping

24 km cold makes me less powerful. on our way we met aKyrgyz who worked in Plymouth and Czech. with a very good english he asked usfor autostop, but we refused it.  campingon 3000 m, where usually nomads have their jurtes.  after dinner with noodles it began to snow.

the night was cold but we have very good sleeping bags.we woke up with snow. we started quite late, at 10:30 we left our camp site.  km total. 8,5 km till Taldyk-Pass. from 3000mup to 3.615m.
average speed 4.5km/h. a real tough trip. the coldexhausts me more than the heat in the desert. a truck driver offered us to takeus uphill, but we wanted to take the challenge. it was very windy and on thesummit we met two other truck drivers. we had a funny small talk. the mother ofone of them lives in Grimmitschau in East-Germany. we expected a longdownhill-section to Sary-Tash but after 5 km again a 2-kilometer upclimb with8%. dark clouds were approaching. we arrived in Sary-Tash and noticed a signfor a guesthouse. it was 4pm. snow cold and no more food in our bags . it wastime to relax a little bit. it was a simple guesthouse, but with a very hotoven. the very friendly host served us some noodles and tea. what luxury !

20km, avs 8,2. only 1., 2. or maximum the 3. gear on a quite flat road !  strong cold headwind,   better storm .an empty waggon from a shepherdsaved us. we used some criminal energy with our multitool and opened thelock;-) cooker with diesel was a desaster.we had to cook inside thewaggon.  after 4 hours we had tea and awarm meal. due to the cold it is always important not to freeze. so we keptmoving while brushing the teeth. ;-) we call it the "brush-your-teeth-dance" :-). we build Astrid'stent inside the waggon and it was quite warmer.

no more storm, only a small wind! we met Regan fromTennesse (USA) who travels by autostop. the owner of a small house behind thenext hill visited us. I asked him for benzin and later I bought a liter. goodluck, no more f....g diesel !  we metHenry from IR, cycling the same way as us. 20km up to 3770 downhill up to 2914.super weather, military checkpoint in front of a strategic bridge. we boughtsome bread and juice at the local small shop and I gave my Keen sandals to theowner. they were too heavy and I wanted to reduce my luggage. after 2 km wecamped at the river. 40km in total.

cold night. minus 4. 24km.some altimeter again. In Nura,a small village, we bought some food. very funny and friendly meeting withpeople there. In the LP (Lonely Planet travel guide book) it was a warning forthis village! no problems at all:-) I should take photos from differentfamilies. then first exit of KGZ. we had to wait for an hour. we met Philipfrom Belgium, who was hitchhiking. no problems with the officers.  Exit KGZ ! short uphill and then many trucks. some know us, because we always tryto greet every TIR-truck, they are our best friends :-)

snowy evening in the mountains

rockfall.... not so funny.

8% upclimb on the Taldyk-Pass

summit !!!!

now downhill to Sary-Tash

Sary-Tash, snow is approaching

what a view !

inside cooking in "our" waggon due to storm

next morning: no storm anymore !

Diesel caused this "desaster"

on the summit: 3.770m altitude. a really exhausting ride, but so gorgeous !

now downhill from 3.770m

village of Nura, 5 km to the first checkpoint for China

in Nura

the night inside the checkpoint

inside the checkpoint. from here we had to take a truck to Wuqi

camping on a nomad's place: left usually are the so-called jurtes

Taldyk-Pass, 8% !

Guesthouse in Sary-Tash

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