Category Archives: OC Tour

Ust Kan to Kosh Agach

The nite wasn’t too cold – always concerned with the “little battery that could” having a bad day. The guesthouse I stayed in had filled up with truckers and in the AM there was a bit of, ahem, noise as … Continue reading

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The Obama Cafe to Ust-wherever

I’m sure this series of post(s) (to come) that is a reflection of the past two weeks violates some blog Hoyle rule but . . . here comes the first violation. So with my fresh Kazakh visa and a decent … Continue reading

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Rumors of the Orange Duckling’s demise are greatly exaggerated

Okay, so nothing since 26/27 September. Yea, no Internet access. I arrived in Mongolia to the end of the local eagle hunting festival and to Russian shutdown of the power . . . So 13/14 days without an update . … Continue reading

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Bishkek

The most important event to relate is . . . the surly KZ Embassy (staff) have miraculously come through and rendered a Transit Visa for yours truly. This means I’ll either get to Ulaan Bator before freezing in place in … Continue reading

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Introducing Kyrgyzstan

Since a “picture is worth a thousand words”, I’ll just list photos with captions for the most part as the previous post was image free. Remember that virtually every photo was taken between 3200 and 4700 meters (10,000-15,400′). Some anxiety … Continue reading

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Dushanbe to Osh: Wakhan Valley & Pamir “Highway”

Well, it’s been a quiet week . . . Except for a dozen passes over 14,000′ (4300 meters) with the topper 15,500′ (4667 meters). For six days I was above 10,000′ feet (3100 meters) and it was beautiful and . … Continue reading

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When nobody in line is NOT a good thing . . .

One last comment regarding history and it’s hold/motivation on people. At the Sultan Ali concert in Bukhara part of the light show displayed camel caravans and the crowd LOVED it. And these people KNOW that dromedaries (one humper) and bactrians … Continue reading

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Samarkand

The ride in was through construction and frankly poverty as yet unseen that conjured images of Beirut or . . . Somalia. Since the KTM was running on battery power I did not chance stopping to record any fairly uninspiring … Continue reading

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Shakriszab to Samarkand . . . and Urus-Kishlak

UZBEKISTAN ! DAHHHHHHHHHHH !!! I need to get to Tajikistan and over the Pamirs before the snows come . . . it was a dry spring and everyone is complaining that it’s unusually hot now and I can “feel” that … Continue reading

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Khiva and Bukhara

Khiva is small, very manageable to visit and see the sights. From the watchtower above the Ark you overlook nearly everything of interest. This encourages lounging a bit and reflecting on a number of things like . . . my … Continue reading

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