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I stop by the bazaar on my way out of Bukhara to load my panniers up with food. It is almost a thousand miles northwest through the desert, out of Uzbekistan and through to the lonely Kazakh city of Aktau on the Caspian Sea. There are not many towns between here and th...

I cross out of Kyrgyzstan and back into Kazakhstan for the second time this month, taking full advantage of the country's convenient 15 day visa free period. I have hardly gone on for half an hour before I am invited into the home of a local family for lunch and few po...

My first day in Central Asia starts with beautiful blue skies and a lie-in. After the extreme mental and physical pressures of the last month’s blitz through China, I feel it is well deserved. Although I am keen for a day off I have decided to keep going until I reach...

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