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Old 08-20-2011, 04:07 AM   #1497
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Location: Alabamski Oblast, Redneckistan
Oddometer: 3,720
I got thru the border rather easily, after Mr Club cleared a path thru the masses.
I breezed thru the Kaz side, which later, I would learn I breezed thru a little TOO easily.
On to Almaty, where my new alternator was waiting. Kaz is boring. Its mostly flat, or rolling hills. Theres some mountains south of Almaty, but I didnít get down there to them. People are really nice tho, every time I stop, they all want to talk to me. On the way, I met David, a Swiss heading to Kyrg. He was low on gas, so I gave him a liter (but found out later it wasnít enough, he ran out 6km before the next station!)
Not a lot of gas stations here, not a lot of anything, really. But, was still sort of interesting. I hadnít been on more than 5km of straight road in weeks. Theres a lot of straight road here!
I got to Almaty about dark, & went to visit Yeldos, who has a nice restaurant here called Eldoro, and also met up with Andrej from Finland, who I hadnít seen since 09, when I was in Korea.

David & his GS

Yeldos, his wife Alona, & Andrej

My bike hotel in Bulgaria. ADVriders get 1st beer free!

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