Blog E 2018

Blog E 2018 · 25. Juli 2018
We enjoy the time in Langar including a day of rest. Together with Kim, René, Hector, Lauren and Jay we spend a cosy evening, everyone has his stories to tell, plus cool beer. I'll even have a brandy with apple juice! We don't stay up for too long and go to bed early, after the exhausting stages of the last days we are dead tired. After an extensive breakfast with eggs, sausages, bread and honey, I get to work: washing day is once again in order. I do it like the Tajiks, take a basin, kneel at...
Blog E 2018 · 25. Juli 2018
We get up early and have breakfast before all other tourists come for breakfast. If I mean early, it's early. Even if the clock in Tajikistan has to be set an hour later than in Kyrgyzstan, the people in Murghab use Kyrgyz time. The reason for this is that many Kyrgyz people live in Murghab and simply use "their time". This is a bit confusing, you never know exactly what time is meant effectively when asked what time you want to have breakfast, for example. So we get up already before 05.00...
Blog E 2018 · 25. Juli 2018
We're leaving early today. We are about to climb to the highest pass of our journey, the Akbaytal Pass at 4655 m above sea level. This is one of our greatest challenges. Will we be able to reach this height with our loaded wheels, without headaches, without shortness of breath? Will we have enough strength in our arms and legs? Over a long distance we drive into the valley leading to the pass. The ascent is still gentle. Along the road some flowers bloom in beautiful colours, otherwise it is...
Blog E 2018 · 25. Juli 2018
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator We are both be awake before sunrise. I get up for a moment to go to the toilet. The picture that opens up in front of me is beautiful: snowy mountains, some yaks lying on the pasture, first rays of sun, some clouds and fog - I go right back and get the camera. I really want to capture these impressions. We are quickly ready to go and happy to be able to leave this place. There's one little detail I noticed. At the final check whether we have everything...
Blog E 2018 · 27. Juni 2018
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator In Aksu we have a rest day before the next and last major stage of the Taklamakan Desert. There is not much to see in this modern city, it is not even mentioned in the travel guides. But we can stock up with provisions and buy fresh fruits, vegetables and bread for the next few days. A short stroll through the local market is always worthwhile. Here, fresh - i.e. live - poultry is offered above all: Pigeons, chickens, other birds. Fresh fish from the...
Blog E 2018 · 27. Juni 2018
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator The weather report keeps its promises. In the night on Monday it really rains again. But when we leave after a hearty breakfast, the sky clears up and the roads gradually dry up. For us it is just right, not too cold and not too hot! We do not take the most direct route to Aksu but choose the route along the Muzart River, which lies between the southern mountain range of Tengrigath and Qoltagh. As a consequence, we are allowed to pedal a few meters up to...
Blog E 2018 · 17. Juni 2018
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator Korla is a modern oasis town, which prospers thanks to its large oil reserves. The city is also known for its good pears, which have been cultivated for over 1300 years. Many beautiful parks and a riverside path along the Konque River invite you to stroll or linger. Otherwise there is not much to do or to visit. It has a large lake about 60km from the city, but according to the guide it is not necessarily worth a visit. So let's leave this one out! We'll...
Blog E 2018 · 11. Juni 2018
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator The 2 days in Turpan fly by! Turpan is China's Death Valley. With 154m below sea level Turpan is the second deepest place in the world and also the hottest place in China. It is good that we are already here at the beginning of June and not during the scorching heat of July/August! We are not at all enthusiastic about the first evening walk into the city. Somehow we don't like it. We quickly return to the hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner and a glass of...
Blog E 2018 · 05. Juni 2018
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator We leave Barkol after a good Chinese breakfast with lots of vegetables! After about 15km we reach the Barkolsee, situated in a large plain, surrounded by huge pastures and mountains. We sat down at the lake, enjoying the peace and the view. We leave out the walk on the wooden footbridges along the shore, because we don't lack movement. In summer, the lake is very busy here, when the inhabitants of Kumul escape the heat and look for some cooling in the...

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