On This Day 15th-September-2012

This week’s on this day post comes from the 15th-September-2012. And again, I’m in Kazakhastan camping wild, but tonight I have some company.

Saturday, 15th-September-2012, Khromtau to near some village! 114 miles.

It’s been a dull, boring day. There’s been nothing but long, straight roads. And the only highlight of my day was turning the map over. Although, that was a little disappointing when all I could see on the map were more straight roads.

I’ve had trouble finding places to eat today. And then, when I did find somewhere, they only sold fried eggs and spam. I’ve had three lots today.

Spam and eggs
Spam and eggs for lunch
A Much Better Evening

The evening was a bit more eventful. I’d pitched my tent and settled down to a bowl of pasta when a dog appeared and started barking at me. Not in an aggressive manner, more of a letting me know he was there. Then, a young lad appeared on a bike. Great, I thought. All I need is to be spotted!

The young lad came over and shook my hand, as they all do and started to chat. Not that I understood him, as I’m sure he didn’t understand me. Although I think he may have understood more than I did. The lad sat down just outside my tent with his dog, and we had the normal conversation that neither of us understood. I think he asked what countries I’d travelled through, and we also talked about the Olympics and the medals that Kazakhstan had won. We also chatted about football, and he told me he was looking after some cows, which is why he was there.

Sitting there talking, I shared some biscuits with him and his dog Rex. He must have stayed for nearly two hours. And just before he left to go home, he tied a little red ribbon to my bike for good luck. (which is still on there eleven years later)

What an enjoyable evening that more than made up for the day’s dull ride. Although I was a little worried that he might return with others, I contemplated moving. But in the end, I’ve stayed put.

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