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Entries from August 2008

Large holes and Lattes

August 12th, 2008 · No Comments

Yes, we’d been warned the roads in Northern Kazakhstan were bad but nothing could have prepared us. Pot holes were more like meteorite craters and impossible to avoid without going off into the fields. With a sleep deprived Jimmy at the wheel, running only on a boiled egg,  we headed for Semey, our final stop [...]

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Almaty, Kazakhstan

August 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Monday, August 12th. We had arrived Sunday afternoon and after exploring less expensive hotels settled on the Kazhol, which was just fine. It was a good to chalk off another border but sad to be there as we lost Charles who had to return to London, as planned, to pursue academics.  We had planned to [...]

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A brief Change of Plans

August 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Original plans to visit lake Issy Kol in northern Krygyztan have been abandoned after it was discovered that the Russian-Mongolian border closes on the weekends. Where they go is anyone’s guess. Now, however, the intrepid few must dash the length of Kazakhstan to arrive at the border by close of business hours this Friday.

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Kazakh border

August 10th, 2008 · No Comments

Kazakh border, originally uploaded by desertaxi. Team Desertaxi arriving at the border…

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Kyrgyz Mountains

August 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Kyrgyz Mountains, originally uploaded by desertaxi.

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Yurts, Kyrgyzstan

August 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Yurts, Kyrgyzstan, originally uploaded by desertaxi.

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Swimming in Lake Toktogul, Kyrgyzstan

August 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Swimming in Lake Toktogul, Kyrgyzstan, originally uploaded by desertaxi.

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Catfish and Kyrgyzstan

August 8th, 2008 · 3 Comments

We spent most of the 7th sightseeing in Samarkand the beautiful but unfortunately also the beleaguered. Beleaguered by tourists in sensible shoes and 3/4 length trousers, we took the decision to move on to the Kyrgyz border via Tashkent and Andijan. We were reliably informed that Tashkent had little to offer the casual visitor and [...]

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Max and Ed in recently acquired Soviet fighter pilot hats

August 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Max and Ed in recently acquired Soviet fighter pilot hats, originally uploaded by desertaxi.

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Hot shower and marmite in Samarqand

August 6th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Ed has called in to report a good and interesting rest day in Bukhara with locals full of the explosions that happened on 10 July (www.wikio.com/video/314149) .  The official report is apparently economical with the truth. (search on ‘explosion bukhara’ and see the local blogs).  They have now moved to Samarqand and are in a hotel [...]

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Bukhara from the Minaret of death

August 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Bukhara from the Minaret of death, originally uploaded by desertaxi.

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Things that go bump in the night

August 4th, 2008 · 6 Comments

We know them first hand. But here’s how we got to that. The taxi does not like 50C temperatures (that would be 135 degrees) in the Karokum Desert -and neither do we, so we decided to drive across our second desert at night.  That would be a 646 kilometer journey which was supposed to take [...]

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Walker behind the wheel

August 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Walker behind the wheel, originally uploaded by desertaxi.

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The Kindness (and madness) of strangers

August 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

The long wait for the sun to rise and the border to open was whiled away exchanging cups of Earl Grey for our first of many cups of Iranian brew with the locals. Once the chief of border control had had his cup of tea the gates slowly trundled open, and so with hasty goodbyes [...]

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Diligent Irainian Officals Reveal Our Taxi maybe stolen.

August 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

It seemed like an ordinary border crossing  when the Iranian Customs official holding our Carnet de Passage, that lists all our vehicle numbers, came out to inspect our Taxi. After all we were not worried, we had  crossed twenty two borders without a problem. We opened the bonnet, he knelt down and said "The chassis [...]

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Tags: Field Post · General News · Taxi

August 1 update

August 1st, 2008 · 3 Comments

The boys have been swimming in the Caspain Sea and will spend tonight in Quchan 100km south of Turkmenistan where Jimmy awaits.  Jimmy awaits with a surprise. Apparently his visa is a tourist visa not a transit visa.  He has been told he has to have an official escort.  How will the boys react?

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