Travelsonabike2 Kazakhstan Saturday 6th-October-2012

Garry McGivern’s cycling around the world, 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.

It’s slightly worrying this cold weather, it’s only just October, and there’s already plenty of snow around on the higher levels, and 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!

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At the Kazakhstan border

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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