Even though we left at 7 am it took us until 5:00 pm to get to our hotel. The roads were okay but the border crossing took us 3 hours, so far the longest. It was not the processing itself they just made everybody wait for almost 2 hours.
I’m feeling a bit better today, still not great but the ride must go on 😉
The roads are really bad today and there is a constant strong wind who occasional tries to blow you of the road. All of this and then the fucking idiot drivers are just too much for us. We really don’t like it here at all. The people are so ignorant that I could just hit them all the time!
On top of that we have another hotel without showers and this time no way to charge our phones. The hotel is a meeting point for truckers and busses. This should normally be a good sign but it wasn’t.
They seem to greet each other with horning and the bus drivers also horn when they want their passengers to get back into the bus. Unfortunately, this doesn’t stop late at night.
I do know the difference between missing education and missing intelligence. There are many people who use a calculator for the simplest mathematical tasks and that is okay because they haven’t been educated but when people drive for example really close to you and overtake in places you can’t see if there is other traffic coming its missing intelligence! To top that they are soooo ignorant that it’s almost unbearable for me. Another thing is that they want to help too much. If we stop somewhere there is usually a small group forming around us and asked questions, which is fine. If we have a question it’s where its usually hoes wrong. I understand that they want us to experience their county in the nicest way possible but if you so no to a suggestion they starting to insist and that is not nice or helpful, its fucking root!
Of course I know that it’s their way of life and since I’m a guest in their country I have to respect it BUT I do not have to like it!!! I’m REALLY looking forward to leaving this country
BTW, I’m not the only one who thinks like that, we all do by now.
Which is a shame because the country is pretty (not as beautiful as Kyrgyzstan) and there are some people who are not like that but unfortunately most are.
The day started out okay. Every one of us felt a little tight today. The people around here a friendly but whenever we stop somewhere we are getting a lot of attention. Normally we don’t mind but when strangers are insisting that you do something because they think it’s right or better than the friendliness turns to being root. If someone offers there help and I accept it’s okay but if I don’t want help, maybe because I’m 48 and can cross the street on my own (stupid example), I get pissed off. Anyhow, we drove almost 550Km today and just before we wanted to turn in I had a little accident. My bike just shut down three time today and the third time I fell. I was driving very slowly behind a car because the roads are shit and when I wanted to switch from third to second gear, the bike shut off. Because my focus was on the car in front of me I hadn’t noticed it this time and when I engaged the clutch again the rear wheel locked, I skidded, lost control and fell. Luckily there was no car or lorry behind me, if it had someone else would have to write this blog from now on because the way they drive I would have ended up under the vehicle behind me.
Chris took some picture and later that evening I wrote an Email to the BMW Dealer…
And to top thinks up I have diarrhea. It’s been there for a while but now it really hit me. Welcome to Kazakhstan…
Almaty is a nice city but I find there isn’t that much to see. We went with some Cable Cars up to a sightseeing spot, to the National Independence Memorial and to a Church which we didn’t find in the end
When you reach the top of the hill with the Cable Car you do have a nice view over Almaty. From up here the City looks better…
Once thing I found that a lot of service people don’t seem to like their Job because they seem unwilling to do their job or just don’t like it.
Today we went to a Burger King – two days of Junk Food in a row 😀
Max, Chris and Jonas are going to the German Döner Haus (it’s really called that) 😀 I stay behind because I do not feel too well.
The night was rather windy and Alexei and his friend Alja talked a lot and not too quiet but at some point, I fell asleep. I the morning at six they started again 🙁 Not to misunderstand, they were very nice and friendly!
Anyway, I got up at 08:00 and started to pack and get ready for a short ride to Almaty on wonderful tarmac.
After we found our Hotel, no Air-conditioning 🙁 we got ready to find some place to eat (We found a KFC and it was very nice! ) and later to meet Alexei and his daughter (Rita). She tried to translate a bit and that way exercising her English.
We went for something to drink and parted after a bout 1.5hours. I gave Rita my website URL and told Alexei to leave a comment so I have his email address.
Max, Chris and Jonas (Jonas joint us again after a lot of long riding and as always more luck than brains 😀 ) again in Almaty.
A slept quite well but I don’t know how many time I got bitten again. Those fucking bastard Mosquitos, would please somebody kill them all!!! Oh, and please a slow agonizing death for every one, if that is possible.
Max and me got driven around Kaimbek’s land on a tractor. It was a nice but pretty uncomfortable ride.
Kaimbek was not well in the morning and so we left on our own to the Kaptschagai Lake. When we searched for a camping spot by the lake we met Alexei and Alja from Almaty. He offered his house to us but we had already booked a hotel. Just before that Chris through up again. His stomach seems to react quite strong to some local food. We think it’s something in those dumplings (Mante) he can’t take.
After the camp was set up we sat down in our chairs and enjoyed the view. Nobody had noticed the sheep behind us but as sudden as they had appeared they disappeared again – you only notice because suddenly the munching sound is gone 😀
A “cool” guy tried to drive on the beach with his 4 wheel car (not SUV) and got stuck. The girls in the car had to get out and push 😀
Today a Kazakhstan special
After ok breakfast we drove to the Charyn Canyon. They say it’s like a small Grant Canyon but since I haven’t the one in the USA I can’t say if it’s correct. The Canyon is nice but unfortunately you can’t drive through it anymore. You must walk a partly very steep and slippery walk. At the bottom you can rent Jurts but we didn’t want that. As the weather started to change we opt for a quick exit. In the next town we stopped for something to eat and met Kaimbek an ex Policeman. He insisted to pay for our dinner and now we’re staying at his home. He wanted that we stay for 2 or 3 days but unfortunately, we don’t have enough time.
Kaimbek called for a translator and Diyara turned up. A very nice young Uyghur woman who speaks quite good English. After a little break we drove to Kaimbek’s garden. Well garden is a bit of an understatement. It’s rather large:)
To him and his friends it’s very important that they are called Uyghurs and not Kazakhs.
His wife made fresh Mante (kind of dumplings filled with green cabbage and meet) and Puret (two layers of dough filled with green cabbage. We had some fresh apples from his garden and apricot compote.
The conversation is mostly difficult but also quite fun.
Suddenly at 12:00pm another dinner appeared on the table. Just before they had killed a sheep, I’m not sure if it was for us and just a coincident. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten that much 😉
The night was windy and rainy but I still slept well.
For breakfast we got last night’s dinner and Chai.
Dog called Rambo
It’s amazing that a stranger invites us to his home, feeds and treats us like friends. He says in a couple of years he want to travel through Europe and visits us. I would be glade to repay his generosity. Kaimbek wares a neck brace and mimicked that his mind is in good health but his body isn’t. Because Diyara wasn’t with us last night, there was a lot of mimicking and gesturing.
For the last couple of days I’ve been feeling down in the morning. I know why but I can’t change my situation at the moment.
But over the morning I get better and with that amazing view while riding through Kyrgyzstan I have to smile again.
So far Kyrgyzstan ist the most beautiful country I have ever visited!
Come and see it for you self. You won’t be disappointed.
We stopped in a small town just before getting to Karakol and bought two grilled chickens. One we ate on the spot the other we took with us for later with the intention to camp. But couldn’t find a good spot so we carried on to the Kyrgyzstan Kazakhstan border. There we met two other riders, one from Serbia, one from a Slowenia.
This was son far the fastest border crossing we ever had. It took us about 35 minutes to get through both sides.
At the end the Chief (or whatever you call him) sled me to take his son on the back of my bike to the barrier. Which I of course did, friendly as we grouts are 😀
Just after the crossing it started to rain.
In the next town we found a small guest house. One room for the three of us.
Max and Chris are off to by some beer and I’m eating the rest of the cookies we bought. See for yourself…
Oh, the two bikers from the border are in the guest house too…