Yep as strange as it may seem, Rod's tale is true. In the middle of the baking hot flat Kazakh steppe, there is a small patch of mountains, covered in pine trees, and dotted with beautiful alpine lakes. And the Sibirsky Extreme Trail took us right there.
There was one or two very nice looking beachfront hotels by our lake, but we took this one (indeed I have pics Rod! - not my pics but I have some )
We all went for a drink (mostly beer) by the lake, and watched Terry and Rod's heads slowly moving very far out into the lake. It was the kind of beautiful spot in the middle of nowhere that Kazakh tourists get bussed into on coaches