This seems like a long time ago now but really, its only a few days. I opted to take the longer rout via Qaraghandy (Karagandy) rather than trying the shorter ī'yellow' road as these are long distances and fuel stations cannot be relied on to exist.....even if marked.
There isnīt much to say about this day except the main road, as normal, is more like an english country lane for tarmac quality......on good sections! I arrived about 8pm and was lucky enough to find the Business Centre Hotel on almost the first try. Excellent haven of quiet and safe parking as it is away from everything by a river. There is also an onsite bar and cafe serving good food. Cost for the night was 5500 tenge or about €30. Soome English spoken but menu has an attempt at English. Trat descriptions lightly. Food was tasty and beer was cold. What more does anyone need?
Some views during the day....
As you can see, big horizons and lots of nothing. This is pretty standard for the next few days and 2000 kms. Just nothing!
These desert cemeteries are all over Kazakhstan and vary greatly in size and remoteness.
Rundown and apparently disused sports facilities between the hotel and the road.
Early start tomorrow.....on to Qyzylorda and, it turns out, to meet up with a British rider, Nick Schofield, one of the original group in Almaty.