South through Kazakhstan

The last three days have seen us cross Kazakhstan from North to South and cover more than 1,000 miles or 1,600 km mostly on good quality roads. imageWe have spent our first couple of nights camping out on the Kazakhstan steppes. What a great experience and one we had not done in many years. It is funny how things that you have experienced, i.e. camping, just do not happen for a variety of reasons, but when we go back to them we do not understand why you took so long to get out in a tent again. (I am in love with my new Jack Woolfskin Yellowstone III Vent tent, Trango pillow and Lifeventure Downlight sleeping bag!!! – Anne) We saw hardly any other bikes , and then only local ones, on this leg of our journey, but lots of trucks, many of whom would toot their horns as we went past. They even went so far as to act as our alarm clocks as we slept in our tent some way off the road.

Our home is just about ready

Our home is just about ready

Anne very happy, enjoying the surroundings and delicious sardines for dinner - what more could a girl want?!

Anne very happy, enjoying the surroundings and delicious sardines for dinner – what more could a girl want?!

We are finally camping - feeling happy

We are finally camping – feeling happy


The temperature has finally warmed up, we are now riding in up to 34 degree celsius weather, and the Klim jackets have proved to be well ventilated while riding and we are comfortable even without all the vents open. While you can read all the reviews on equipment, its good to find that it works the same way for you.

More and more camels, horses, cows, goats and sheep appear as we head south and they decide where and when to cross! The camels are well camouflaged and no fences mean you need to keep a eye out for them at all times.

Love the Kazakhstan road signs for rest area - trees?!

Love the Kazakhstan road signs for rest area – trees?!


The people of Kazakhstan have proved to be very friendly and interested in where we were from, we find that “kangaroo” acts as the best way of describing Australia vs Austria! Each time we stopped, we seem to attract someone who wanted a photo with us, on the bikes or just ask a few questions.
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These truck drivers stopped to have a chat and take photos - most truck drivers either hoot, wave, flash their lights to say hello while cars drive up beside us to take photos!!!

These truck drivers stopped to have a chat and take photos – most truck drivers either hoot, wave, flash their lights to say hello while cars drive up beside us to take photos!!!

We stopped at Aral, the town which used to be on the Aral sea before the shoreline retreated due to Soviet era agricultural policies. The cranes at the docks can still be seen from the centre of town. Then on to camp with a glorious sunset.

Town entry into Aral

Town entry into Aral


It's a long walk to the toilet

It’s a long walk to the toilet


Our home 120kms north of Baikonur

Our home 120kms north of Baikonur


– Anthony

The expansive Steppes of Kazakhstan from a relaxed position

The expansive Steppes of Kazakhstan from a relaxed position

More sandy patches north of Aralsk

More sandy patches north of Aralsk

Typical muslim cemetry in Kazakhstan

Typical muslim cemetery in Kazakhstan

Anne is done so this spot will be perfect for the night

Anne is done so this spot will be perfect for the night

Love our home!!

Love our home!!

Outside Baikanur, they each wanted our photo so Anne took one too - the one 2nd from the left gave us a watermelon which we couldn't refuse!!!

Outside Baikanur, they each wanted our photo so Anne took one too – the one 2nd from the left gave us a watermelon which we couldn’t refuse!!!

The petrol station owner was so pleased to have sat on Anne's bike, he gave her a big hug and a kiss

The petrol station owner was so pleased to have sat on Anne’s bike, he gave her a big hug and a kiss

15 comments on “South through Kazakhstan

  1. This is the stuff of which dreams are made – I’d read what happened to Aral years ago but never expected to know anyone who actually went there. I wonder what the people out there think of what is happening in Lithuania

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  2. Thanks Brian. Not sure what you’re referring to in Lithuania. I wish my Russian hadn’t faded from my memory as much as it has as we haven’t been able to have in depth conversations with the locals.

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  3. So wonderful to hear of your route so far and to see the fantastic photos. Merci tiote! Now I wonder which hotel you have chosen in Fishcake : Park? Evropa?
    Baikhan? Maryotel? And have you enjoyed the starry skies? xxxx

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  4. Love the head gear Anthony! How fascinating and such interesting people you are meeting. Love the tent ,it looks most comfortable. The landscape is quite barren . Keep the blogs coming ,loving being a pillion passenger. Keep safe xxx

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  5. Blog super interessant et des photos magnifiques sur le pays ainsi que sur son peuple. Vous me donnez envie d’y aller!xxx

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