Someone turned the internet in China off the other day before I could post these photos of the ride from Urumqi to the border...
Yesterday we crossed into Kazakhstan.
We were met by a smiling immigration officer, "Give me prezent!". Failing to get any more financial reward he demanded our Kazakh medical card. "You don't have Kazakh medical card?!?" Finally we were stamped in.
Since then it has been great. Small roads, small towns and a ride across the steppe to the hills where we will climb up to the recently reopened border crossing in the Karkara valley. Learning some Russian and declining mid-morning vodka offers.
Pedalled: 72,395 km