Must not forget to wish Katrien happy birthday today. Well, if she is not as busy for a change here you go: Happy Birthday Trinchen!
I slept well, haven’t seen the other two yet. Had a weird but pleasant dream again of a woman from a long time (about 3 decades) ago. I wonder if I ever forget her (some of my friends will know who I mean). Today we’ll go to the Skazka canyon and then relax.
We found a Taxi and asked him to take us to a ATM and then to the Skazka Canyon.
The Bank was, how should I phrase this, a new experience for us. We stood in line as we German always do but it seemed that everybody was going past us. Well they have another system I guess but anyway after an hour we all had money and could carry on towards Skazka Canyon.
The Canyon was okay, nothing special and if I had missed it, it would been okay too 🙂
Here are some impressions…
The Jurt Camp was a little noisy because an older group of Italians had some fun. Otherwise a good night and, I believe, the first toilet of that kind (it’s mainly just a hole in the ground) that didn’t stink.
Today was pretty uneventful, nice 🙂
We had some good off-road parts and then finally nice and smooth tarmac for a change. Boy was I happy!
While searching for a hotel we found another really nice one rather close to the Karakol Lake. The rooms are actually more apartments on two levels and that for $23 a night.
My beamer has some problems now too. A rattling sound at the front left, also the left simmer ring is leaking and when riding really slow she doesn’t always accepts the throttle as well as she did before. Since Max and Chris need some parts I wrote the BMW Dealer in Novosibirsk who replayed very fast. Much better than the one in Almaty!
A bad day for Max!
First he had to brake so hard that he lost control and went to the ground because a horse decided to walk in front of him (No worries mom, he didn’t hurt himself). Since 99% of the animals run around freely (nice for them, dangerous for us) you have to be very careful approaching them. And they are everywhere! Sometimes even on mountain passes when there is not enough space to get two cars past each other.
When we got petrol, Chris noticed a nail in Max’s back tyre. The repair took about 1,5 hours, a good time for doing it in the field.
We spend the night in a Jurt Camp, something we all wanted to do.
Yesterday was long and the off-road sections took their toll on us. So, we had a late start again. When I write late I mean about 09:00 am. For a few people I know is this still early 😀
Today again all off-road with a good amount of gorgeous scenery for us. Today we went up to 3200 meters again and at times you climb up or down more than 12% slopes.
Again we managed to find a nice camping spot fairly well hidden from the road. That was at least what we thought because later that evening, the sun had gone down, a man appeared and sat at the top of the hill about 20 meters above us. He just sat and looked, then started to talk to us. We weren’t sure if he was upset or drunk. After 10 minutes, we wanted to go to bed, Max went up to him and “talked” for a while with him. It turned out he just wanted t tell us something but we still don’t have a clue 🙂
Max said his goodbye and the man finally disappeared. He went so fast gone that we weren’t sure where he went… What a weird incounter.
Isn’t it great when a Taxi driver doesn’t know where he has to go? We drove first in the right direction then he turned around because he was convinced MuzToo was in die other direction. Well my mobile said differently. After 10 Minutes I told him to stop and said goodbye. Jonas and me looked for another Taxi but they didn’t they way either and of course did not trust our satnav 😀
Finally one Taxi driver had his own satnav and so we could, after about 30 minutes, move towards our first destination of the day.
When we got to MuzToo the gates was locked and nobody was there. Wonderful, splendid 😀 Jonas called the boss and after another 45 min. the mechanic come. He had done the oil change but he had not cleaned the air filter but he cleaned it then. So, after 1 hour I could finally leave. I met Chris and Max at a Petrol Station so they didn’t have to come with me.
But after a few km Chris’s bike stopped to work because the Petrol Pump wasn’t working anymore. A car with a French family stopped and the man, as it turned out was an ex motorbike mechanic, tried to solve the problem with us.
Since the Petrol pump was dead Chris connected the two Petrol pipes with an 8mm nut and so the Petrol could flow directly to the carburettor. Sometimes old technic is the best!
For the night we found a Hotel in town and because of language barriers we got a room with 2 double beds.
Luckily, neither Max or Chris aren’t snoring 😀
The Bazar was interesting but way too large to see it all. Especially today because it’s a bank holiday and they closed at 12:00 pm.
After the Bazar we drove to a view point where you have to walk/climb many many stairs up to it. The view was very nice even though it was slightly hazy.
Jonas went to MuzToo again to get his bike fixed and also order some parts from eBay. We bought some screws and nuts for his pannier rack and a sim card for me.
Now Chris and Max are going to the Pool and I’ll shall lay in the shade and work on my Blog.
Last night was cold and felt a little dump too. Because nobody had slept well last night we just wanted to get started and reach Osh. Well, as so often in the last days the bike from Jonas made our day interesting again.
In one of the many bends on the road to Osh he wanted to change a gear don and the bike just died.
Sometimes I believe that guy has more luck then brains because this happened just by a little farmhouse. The Farmer agreed to charge Jonas’s bike for 30 minutes. Max noticed that a rather important nut (it hold a baring for the steering column) was missing. Without this nut he couldn’t carry on riding. For $100 the Farmer offered to take the bike to MuzToo Central Asia Travel Company in Osh.
The guy there a quite famous for being helpful and good at repairing. You can also stay there overnight and / or book a motorbike tour. I you in the area check them out http://muztoo.ch/ – No, I do not get anything for that.
Because we had to stay in some “wonderful” guest houses we decided to find a nice Hotel in Osh and stay there for two days. Tomorrow we’ll go the Bazar in Osh which is the biggest one on Central Asia.