TO BUKHARA

 

05/07/12 - 895m, on the road 0900, villages every 10-15km, 72km, 1330, 3 passport checkpoints - the 3rd one being the Tajik exit stamp. 4th checkpoint was the Uzbekistan entry stamp. 5th checkpoint is the Uzbekistan customs - where I had to fill out 2 identical pages (one for entry, the other for exit) Make sure you declare all cash and medicines you are carrying. I also had to take all bags off bike, open each one up, get it inspected by officer and run them through x ray machine. Although he didn't bother doing a body search. It was 1615 by the time I had got through and was packed ready to roll. There were 2 more passport checkpoints within the next kilometre. 92km passport checkpoint. 95km village, setup camp under awning of house under construction. 615m. Given bottle of water, hot bread & grapes by locals. Cook


06/07/12 - 615m, on the road 0900, villages every 10-15km, 76km mark original front tyre carcus gone. Fit new tyre on rear with tube from front, and put rear tyre on front with dicky rear tube. Was 1445 by the time I cleaned up and got going again. 1700, village, 815m, invited in by local family. Got watermelon, fried potatoes, onions, salad, yogurt, milk, bread, tea and place to sleep. Tough day, undulating, bumpy, sticky bitumen, patches of road works.


07/07/12 - 815m, on the road 0730, villages every 10-15km, undulating, bumpy bitumen, patches of road works. 50km mark, 1300, passport checkpoint. 72km mark, 1700, village, store, 1435m, setup camp front of workshop, cook, clean up, nearby well.


08/07/12 - 1435m, on the road 0700, 10km mark passport checkpoint. Villages every 10-15km. 66km mark invited in for lunch by restaraunt owner, hot, 40C, 112km mark, 1600, village, store, 410m, invited in by store holder to stay for the night. Given watermelon, traditional dinner (plov & salad, tea)


09/07/12 - 410m, on the road 0900, 42km mark Kashir, change money at markets, ride around town, invited in by man & wife to his apartment.


10/07/12 - 282m, Rest Day at Kashir, wander around town, update website.


11/07/12 - 282m, on the road 0915, villages every 10-15km, 98km mark, 1630, village, setup camp in bus stop, cook


12/07/12 - On the road 0800, strong headwind first 28km, then head/side winds. 53km passport checkpoint. 74km mark village, setup camp under awning of building under contruction. Cook


13/07/12 - On the road 0800, town every 15-20km. 51km mark, 1200, Bukhara, rest in shade, invited by locals to have lunch with them at restaraunt. Setup camp in back streets of old town. Wander around, cook.


14/07/12 - Rest Day at Bukhara, Found cheapest hotel in town 5USD, own room with a/c, TV. Met 4 frenchman here (2 on mbikes & 2 in 4x4)


15/07/12 - Rest Day at Bukhara, wander around old town with frenchmen, relax, play football with locals, update website.


16/07/12 - Rest Day at Bukhara, wander around town, check out markets, bazaars, old buildings and monuments


17/07/12 - Rest Day at Bukhara, wander around town, relax, update website


18/07/12 - Rest Day at Bukhara, wander around town, relax, update website

 

19/07/12 - Rest Day at Bukhara, wander around town, relax, update website

 

 


 

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