05.06.2019: Buxoro – Samarkand

In the morning, Chris was feeling OK again. So we decided to continue on our way. This would lead us to Samarkand which wasn't too far away. So, todays ride should be a short one. During breakfast we met two cyclists from Hamburg who were on their trip from Germany to Singapur. Their plan was to move to Singapur, so you could say that they were in the process of moving. When we met, they were on the road for 16 months already! After we packed,…

04.06.2019: Xiva – Buxoro

As we had arrived very late yesterday, we did not have time to do some sightseeing in the famous old town of Xiva. So we got up early in order to have a look around before our breakfast. This had the additional benefit that the turnstile that is normally used to check the tickets wasn't operational yet. So we got in for free. A little ironic, since there is an "ungated" entrance 100m to the south. But nevermind. The core of the old city is part…

03.06.2019: Qoʻngʻirot – Xiva

In the morning we awoke early. We didn't sleep that well for multiple reasons. Firstly, as mentioned, our "room" was a dining room of the restaurant. Therefore we slept in our sleeping bags on top of the "pillow mats" that covered the floor. That itself would not have been too bad. What was more of a problem was the fact that at 10pm dinner guests started to arrive. They continued to eat and drink on the veranda until around 2am. Our room had a "window" to…

02.06.2019: Beineu – Qoʻngʻirot

We took off early in order to get some more of the less hot morning hours. Directly after exiting Beineu, the road was drastically different from yesterday. No more perfect tarmac and smooth rides. Instead, we were greeted by deep sand, unclear paths and the main road still being under construction. We thought we would be clever and ride on the almost finished road - but it turned out that the road was interrupted every few kilometers. So, we had to get back to the "fallback"…

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