Just behind us in the queue as we came through the border from Kazakhstan.
Big relief to have finally made it to Kyrgyzstan!
Smooth(ish) roads and dappled sunlight. Nice.
Bishkek. Very Soviet - wide roads, large squares and lots of monuments.
Bearded biker at the spare parts market.
On the wall in our communal toilets at the hostel. Classic.
Carl and Bene arrive but there's no room at the inn - no worries, just sleep on the roof!
In addition to their cavernous tent, Carl and Bene have a badminton set. I knew we were missing something!
This one's for Dad!
A poor shot but nice to have a record of the China group all together for the first time. (L to R: Fabian, me, Carl, Bene, Donato, Marcella, Stefano, James).
Impressive eyebrow action.
Our kind benefactor from the US.
James and Carl with the swag bag!
One of the heating instructions: 'Put against a rock or something'.
Three lovely Aussies staying at our hostel.
The bike looks slightly alarming in this state (tyre being changed)!
Stefano in linen - Italian style.
Leaving the hostel after frankly far too long in Bishkek.
Destination: Lake Issky Kol.
Getting told off for stopping on the road, not the gravel verge.
Cattle in the road but we're waved on through by the shepherd.
Seconds later I'm knocked off my bike by cattle copulation gone awry. Not cool.
We arrive in Karakol at the far end of the lake and get a freshly cooked meal at the homestay.
Lenin; still big in these here parts.
James loved up these old buses.
Cold noodle soup. Nicer than it sounds.