This week’s on this day post comes from the 6th-October-2012. And after seven weeks, I finally crossed Kazakhstan and reached the Chinese border.
Saturday, 6th-October-2012, Kalinino to the Kazakhstan-Chinese border. 78 miles.
It was bitterly cold last night, and I must admit I’ve not been that cold in a tent before. I initially thought I was a bit of a wimp. But later this morning, I realised I was camping above 1000 metres! I guess I’ll just have to man up and get used to the cold. Although it is a little worrying that it’s so cold already. We’re only at the beginning of October, and there’s already plenty of snow on some of the higher peaks. I suppose it’s only going to get colder. I still think I’ve become a bit of a wimp when it comes to the cold, though!
I arrived at the Kazakhstan/Chinese border just before midday, only to find it was closed! I’m hoping it’s only closed because it’s the weekend and not some other reason. Either way, it’s a real pain. Luckily, though, there was a cheap hotel a couple of miles back up the road. I’m staying in the hotel tonight, and hopefully, I’ll be staying here tomorrow if I can get some cash. They don’t take cards or any other currency, just tenge. And I’d run my tenge down as I thought I was going to China! If I can’t get any cash, I’ll have to pitch my tent and stay in that.
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