This day showed me that we really can take our time in Kazachstan. We don’t have to hurry. Sometimes I find my self stressing and hurrying as if we were hunted. Why, 60km a day is really not much.
We had late breakfast and started riding at about 12:30. Then I
lost my anti-wild-dog-stick* on the way from our campsite back to the road, somewhere in the prairie. Since I had put some work into it an had made it kind of personal, I went back to search for it. I followed our traces back in the grass but didn’t find it. It’s crazy how things can get lost out here, I hardly found the place we slept that night though, or maybe because, you can see for miles. Back in the road it was about 13:30 and by then the sun was at its peak. Long sleeves and sheets around our heads, half a kilo sunscreen on our legs to keep us from getting burned.
The wind hadn’t made a decision yet if it wants to be a tail- or a sidewind but at least it was not against us.
We easily made our 60 km in 3 hours and had a prickling shopping event in between with a 12 year old guide who showed us all the hidden spots in his village at which you could get water, bread, medicine, fruits, honey, eggs (which by the way ruined our dinner for they were rotten), butter, nuts and other stuff. Out here there are no supermarkets only small magazines which offer what they have. Most of the stuff is over best-before-date but still good.
It was a 3 hour tour through his village and in the end we gave him and his friends some cookies as wage, happy smiles followed.
By then it was about 6 a clock, time to look for a place to sleep. And we spotted a perfect one. A little roof with banks underneath and a water source right next to it, cristal clear and ice cold water. By the time we were ready for dinner it was 19:30. That led me to the conclusion: it’s all easy, no need for stress, this day was very slow and still we made it easily.
We cocked dinner, threw dinner away because of the rotten eggs, cooked again and talked about the moon, why there was only one landing though it was successful , doesn’t any body want to live there? I mean, would love to cycle around it once.
Now I am sitting in the shade of the roof, a strong frontal wind is awaiting us. I will take a canister of water to refresh me a last time before diving in the glowing heat.
*Anti-wild-dog-stick: it’s used to give dogs, which are somewhat to curious a lesson. Biting in bags and jumping at the driver is not the way we want to be treated. Also the AWDS is used to stabilize my parked bike. For all animal friends out there: I didn’t use it until now for dogs have the habit to run away as soon as you take something in your hand, at least the ones in Kazachstan:0)
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