Travelsonabike2 Kazakhstan Friday 5th-October-2012

Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2 is cycle touring in Kazakhstan on Friday, 5th-October-2012. Arkharly Pass to Kalinino. 75 miles. Winter seems to be approaching fast! I just managed to get everything packed away and loaded on the bike just before it started to rain, and it lasted all day! Think it would have been a really scenic day had the clouds not been so low!

It’s just been so cold today. Maybe because I’m in the mountains, I had a biggish climb today over 1200 metres. I was starting to get cold and hungry and was going to stop and cook some noodles as soon as I could find a bit of shelter. But luckily, I came across this little cafe 2km from the top of the climb. Lamb and potatoes and a couple of cups of coffee. Felt much better after that and a warm-up. Mind you, I soon cooled down again, coming downhill!

The rain eventually stopped about an hour before I did, and as the clouds lifted. I could see the mountains around me covered in snow. Hoping that’ll be my last night in Kazakhstan and I cross into China. However, it does depend if there are any big mountains in between!

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