Kazakhstan, Cycling The World 22nd-September-2012

Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, Saturday, 22nd-September-2012, Shaghan to Sulutobe. 90 miles. I struggled to get up this morning. The mornings are getting darker, and the temperature is dropping. But things soon warmed up once I was up and on the road. And this afternoon, I was cycling on a lovely smooth new stretch of road.

The many road workers building the new roads are a friendly bunch. They’re always waving and smiling as I pass. And I quite often stop and ask them what the road conditions are like ahead. Most of the time, they haven’t got a clue what I’m going on about. But in the same breath, it’s quite surprising how many of them do speak some English.

Men posing for photo with bike
Some of the many road workers

When I stopped to ask about the road conditions today, I drew the usual five or six workers (I think that might be the size of the gangs, as it seems to be the same every time I stop). Today, however, as I was talking to them, a minibus pulled up and out jumped about ten other road workers, all wanting to have their photo taken with me. It took me a pretty long time to get away from them.

It’s a bleak Saturday night this week with no company. I couldn’t find any of Stella’s local friends!

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