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    Archive for September, 2006

    Day 174 – Hanging out in Kashgar

    Saturday, September 30th, 2006

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    Day 173 – Arrival Kashgar…

    Friday, September 29th, 2006

    Distance (km) : 150
    Time on bike : 6h 47m
    Brutto time: 9.35 – 17.35
    Avg : 22.05 km/h
    Total (km) : 9188

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    Day 172 – Exit Kyrgyzstan, enter China!

    Thursday, September 28th, 2006

    Day 172 – 28SEP06: Nura (Kyrgyzstan) -> 40 kms east of Karabel Pass (China!) (wild camping at 2500 m)
    Distance (km) : 104
    Time on bike : 6h 32m
    Brutto time: 9.20 – 19.00
    Avg : 15.83 km/h
    Total (km) : 9039

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    Day 171 – Sary Tash -> Nura

    Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

    Day 171 – 27SEP06: Sary Tash -> Nura (private acc.)
    Distance (km) : 69
    Time on bike : 7h 0m
    Brutto time: 9.00 – 18.00
    Avg : 9.90 km/h (Jesus again!)
    Total (km) : 8935

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    Day 170 – Taldyk – The Killer Pass (3630m)

    Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

    Day 170 – 26SEP06: Gülchö -> Sary Tash (private acc.)
    Distance (km) : 95
    Time on bike : 8h 15m
    Brutto time: 9.45 – 20.45
    Avg : 11.49 km/h (Jesus!)
    Total (km) : 8866

    Morning scene from the camp at the river...

    Chilly and beautiful morning at the camp...

    Scenic cycling in Kyrgyzstan!

    Kyrgyz woman and her baby...

    They all love to have their photos taken, them kids!

    Hanging out, Kyrgyz style.

    Sheep ahead!

    Fantastic backdrops along the Kyrgyz Silk Road...

    The Talduk Pass at 3630m was a killer at the end of a long day...

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    Day 169 – Osh -> Gülchö (wild camping)

    Monday, September 25th, 2006

    Distance (km) : 101
    Time on bike : 6h 25m
    Brutto time: 10.45 – 19
    Avg : 15.64 km/h
    Total (km) : 8771

    Traditional living in Kyrgyzstan

    Kyrgyz boy on donkey. East of Osh. September 2006.

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    The Carrot Family...

    The baby donkey of the Carrot Family...Kyrgyzstan.

    Tajik man on the Silk Road between Osh and Murgab...

    Me and the woman Gulbarchyn who sells fermented mare's milk at the 2408m pass...

    At the first pass after leaving Osh, 2408m...

    Great downhill after the long but gentle uphill from Osh, Kyrgyzstan

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    Goodbye Central Asia – Hello China!

    Sunday, September 24th, 2006

    I’m now back in Osh and my bicycle that I’ve missed immensely during the last 10 days travelling around sublime Kyrgyzstan. Around 3000 kms in minibusses, shared taxis, hitch hiking and trekking. The last bits of preparation (buying socks, biking gloves, thermo underwear, extra patches and the like) in Bishkek and in Osh this morning at the colourful and crowded sunday market.

    I’ll leave Osh tomorrow and cycle towards the Chinese border at Irkeshtam. The road to Kashgar, China crosses a few passes around 3700 m and I can hardly wait to be back on the road again. Hope the adrenalin rushing in my veins now will let me sleep tonight. I really need that after a long 14 hour drive last night from Bishkek to Osh in a bumpy marshrutka/minibus with hardly any sleep.

    WT updates may be infrequent. No news is good news – stick to that!

    Abracos, Nicolai

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    Day 168 – Preparing for China…

    Sunday, September 24th, 2006

    Bon appetite!

    Bon appetite (again!)

    ...and bon appetite!

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    Day 167 – Dordoy Flea Market, Bishkek

    Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

    Fellow travellers on the minibus from bishkek to Osh, Kyrgyzstan...

    Kyrgyz Horseman near the Ala Bel Pass on the way from Bishkek to Osh.

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    Day 166 – Back to Bishkek…

    Friday, September 22nd, 2006

    Near Naryn, Kyrgyzstan...

    Sunset over the Kyrgyz mountains near Issyk-Kul...

    Wonderful scenary near Naryn, Central Kyrgyzstan...

    My buddy and financial rescue in Naryn!

    Isolated yurt in central Kyrgyzstan...

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    Day 165 – In search of the hat men…

    Thursday, September 21st, 2006

    Kyrgyz style shower - banya

    Kochkor girl with a sheep...

    View of the Kochkor region...

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    Hat Man #2

    Hat Man #3

    My hosts in Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan.

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    Day 164 – “We love you, Kyrgyzstan!”

    Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

    Altyn Arshan, Eastern Kyrgyzstan.

    Beds are all ready after a late night arrival in Kochkor...

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    Day 163 – Snow storm in Ala-Köl

    Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

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    Day 162 – Beautiful Altyn Arshan

    Monday, September 18th, 2006

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    Day 161 – Animal market in Karakol…

    Sunday, September 17th, 2006

    Hat man at the animal market in Karakol...

    Early morning at the animal market in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan.

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    Karakol animal market.

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    There's nothing like a mare's milk...

    Butt of the Day:
    My hump...my hump, my hump, my hump!

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    Photos from Silk Road Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan

    Saturday, September 16th, 2006

    Check out the newly updated photos from Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan here!

    Some people have a (bad?) habit of changing the colour of the cover of their mobile phones too often…Being non-mobile on my journey I don’t have that option. Instead I happen to change (adding, deleting i.e.) the content of the different photo albums on this website. Different people, different habits…I excuse for that ;-)

    Nicolai

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    Day 160 – Tamchy -> Karakol

    Saturday, September 16th, 2006

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    Day 159 – Vodka party in Kyrgyzstan…

    Friday, September 15th, 2006

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    Update from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan…

    Thursday, September 14th, 2006

    I´m now in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan not far from the Kazakh border. Arrived last night after a wonderful 11 hours car ride across the country and passing 2 mountain passes over 3000m on the way. It was one of the most beautiful rides I´ve ever had.

    I have left the bicycle in Osh and now take some (7-12?) days off travelling around Kyrgyzstan which I´m very excited about. The expedition will continue in Osh where I left it. These days among nomad and ex-Russians i Kyrgyzstan are technically just a break from WT and not exactly a part of it (just for the record). But I´ve heard so much about the country and since I was in the area anyway…

    Nicolai

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    Day 158 – Sweet, sweet Nicole Kidman

    Thursday, September 14th, 2006

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    Day 157 – Osh -> Bishkek

    Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

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    Day 156 – Dwelling in Osh city

    Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

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    Day 155 – The Silk Factory in Margilan

    Monday, September 11th, 2006

    Fergana (Uzbekistan) -> Osh (Kyrgyzstan)
    Distance (km) : 128
    Time on bike : 6h 02m
    Brutto time: 13.00 – 20.45
    Average speed : 21.20 km/h
    Total (km) : 8660

    My intermediate lunch guests that provided me with all I needed!

    Complicated Russian weaving machine at the Yodgorlik Silk Factory

    Yodgorlik Silk Factory. September 2006.

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    My intermediate lunch guests that provided me with all I needed!

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    Day 154 – Can I take your picture, please?

    Sunday, September 10th, 2006

    Second hand scrap dealer at Margilan Bazar, Uzbekistan.

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    The Garlic Man. Margilan Sunday Bazar. Uzbekistan.

    Piles of wonderful watermelons...Margilan Bazar, Fergana Valley.

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    Breakfast at my homestay in Fergana...I almost ate all of it!

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    Day 153 – Melons at the Fergana Bazaar

    Saturday, September 9th, 2006

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    Newsletter from Uzbekistan!

    Saturday, September 9th, 2006

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    Day 152 – “Are You Sportsman?”

    Friday, September 8th, 2006

    50 km north of Kokand -> Fergana (homestay)
    Distance (km) : 153
    Time on bike : 7h 19m
    Average speed : 20.90 km/h
    Total (km) : 8532

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    Day 151 – Mountains (at last!)

    Thursday, September 7th, 2006

    Yangi Tonqin -> 50 km north of Kokand (restaurant accomodation)
    Distance (km) : 152
    Time on bike : 7h 38m
    Average speed : 19.85 km/h
    Total (km) : 8379

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    Day 150 – 7 flat tyres in a day (chock!)

    Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

    Tashkent -> Cottonfield near Yangi Tonqin
    Distance (km) : 56 (incl. 7 punctures!! Pure madness…)
    Time on bike : 2h 56m
    Average speed : 19.19 km/h
    Total (km) : 8227

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    Day 149 – Verdi opera in Tashkent (1 USD!)

    Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

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    Sovjet style accomodation in a Tashkent suburb where I stayed...

    Chilling out at my Tashkent host Zakirs home...

    The neighbourhood

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    Day 148 – Visas and tennis in Tashkent…

    Monday, September 4th, 2006

    0 km – 2 visas today!

    The Life of a Bus Driver, Tashkent - Uzbekistan

    Good old Russian Moskwitz...I love the sad look of this automobile...

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    Not too crowded at the Asian Championships in Tashkent.

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    Capital Tashkent, Uzbekistan

    Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

    After 2 mad max cycling days since Samarkand (173 and 174 km respectively), I arrived in Tashkent (Uzbek capital, 2,2 mio inhabitants) yesterday. The legs are – like the rest of the body – fine in spite of the 2 ironman distances in just 32 hours.

    The photos in the diary have to wait and they seem to be a challenge here in Uzbekistan where the restrictions of the internet cafes make it hard for the heavy duty photo artillery I’m dealing with.

    Wish me luck with the visa stuff for China and Kyrgyzstan tomorrow!

    Nicolai

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    Day 147 – (I’m) Easy Like Sunday Morning

    Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

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    Day 146 – 174 km bagged!

    Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

    Field 55 km west of Gulistan -> Tashkent (private acc.)
    Distance (km) : 174!!
    Time on bike : 7h 10m
    Average speed : 24.02 km/h
    Total (km) : 8171

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    Day 145 – 173 km bagged!

    Friday, September 1st, 2006

    Samarkand -> Field, 10 km from Kazak border, 55 km west of Gulistan (wild camping)
    Distance (km) : 173!
    Time on bike : 8h 36m
    Average speed : 20.07 km/h
    Total (km) : 7997

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