On This Day 8th-September-2012

This week’s on this day post comes from the 8th-September-2012. And I’m camping wild in Kazakhstan, although my choice of campsite might not have been the best. The roads had been awful, or more accurately, the tracks they classed as a road. And I stopped at the first available opportunity.

Saturday, 8th-September-2012, Saghyz to Bayghanin. 83 miles.

When I look back at my time in Australia, particularly when I cycled across the Nullabor Plain, that all seems like a walk in the park compared with what I’m facing now. At least in Australia, I had good roads to cycle on and knew how far it was between roadhouses. Here, the roads are nonexistent, and I haven’t got a clue as to how far it is between stops. But I’m still having fun, although it is a bit of a pain in the bum, quite literally.

Tent bike train
Need a hand?

I think I may have chosen the wrong place to camp tonight. I’m next to a busy railway line. The trains seem to be coming through at least once every thirty minutes. Haha! And now, as I sit writing today’s update, a train has broken down next to me, blocking the level crossing a hundred or so metres away. And now some cars are driving past my tent, trying to find a way through. Luckily, I’m down a dead end behind an electricity pylon.

Thankfully, they soon fixed the train, and the track was clear by the time I’d finished writing this. But now it’s back to a train coming through every thirty minutes again. Hang on, that’s the 9.15 to Almaty just gone past! Maybe it would have been better had they not fixed the train. I don’t think I’ll be getting much sleep tonight.

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