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November 21st, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,Uzbekistan

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Now that I was not expecting…





The snow here in Samarkand is forecast for tomorrow also. I just hope it clears up in the next week or so. Great weather for taking your bike’s suspension to bits, but not so great for riding and sleeping in a tent! For now I am still at the warm and hospitable Bahodir B&B.

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Comment by Neil — November 22, 2006 @ 3:16 am | post a comment

Hey Rob,

Just thought you would be glad to hear how nice the spring time weather is here in Sunny Tasman Bay, Nelson: 24 degrees in the shade, and brilliant blue skies. We are all really enjoying being back home in NZ, the Antarctic icebergs are becoming a bit of a problem off the coast, but nothing that Global Warming won't solve… I jest not.

Wonderful to see/hear/read of your adventures in the prone position. Hoping there is a break in the snow so you can get out of there and into more amicable climes. Keep on pedal'n. Neil and Michelle in NZ. :-)

Comment by Aunty Les — November 22, 2006 @ 3:25 am | post a comment

How cold is it in Samarkand? I dare say you will be biking through a bit of snow now that winter has arrived in the northern hemisphere!

I was in Kaikoura today and it was a lovely warm sunny day. There's been a lot of rain recently so all the rivers on the way from here to there were muddy torrents and everywhere is very green.

Comment by Chris J — November 22, 2006 @ 6:15 am | post a comment

It is mid-November and you weren't expecting snow? Oh, that's right, you're from the southern hemisphere… ;)

Hope you have long underwear with you. That is what all of us Wisconsin people use to help us through! Of course we also have central heating and few of us are crazy enough to be out sleeping in tents after Halloween…

Comment by Jim Gagnepain — November 22, 2006 @ 2:02 pm | post a comment

After some of your other experiences, I would think a nice ride in the snow would be a piece of cake.

Comment by Rob Thomson — November 23, 2006 @ 12:48 am | post a comment

Aunty Les, I'm not sure of the exact temperature, but this morning the roads were frozen (lots of ice). My new speedo for my bike has a temperature guage on it, so I'll be able to let you know the temperature that I'm cycling through soon.

Comment by Rob Thomson — November 23, 2006 @ 12:51 am | post a comment

Chris J, my thermal undies are a life saver – they must be a north American invention…

Comment by Joeru — November 23, 2006 @ 1:04 am | post a comment

Brrr! Samarkand looks like Samui-Land. and you can probably thank Hanes for thermal underwear, a.k.a "long johns."

PS, I like your new do.

Comment by Murdo — November 23, 2006 @ 3:29 am | post a comment

Hey Rob, Just so we don't give too much credit to the Yanks…(from Wikipedia)

The type known as "thermal underwear" is made from two-ply fabric, which uses trapped body heat to insulate against cold air.

The two-piece design is credited to Truro, Nova Scotia-native Frank Stanfield on 7 December 1915.

…So we can credit the good people of Canadia for the wonderful invention it seems!

Good luck man

Comment by Chris J — November 23, 2006 @ 6:01 am | post a comment

They're from Canada huh? Figures, they probably need stuff like that year round just to survive up there…

I was born in Canada and then lived in Vermont and Wisconsin, so I have probably worn "long johns" every winter since I was born. It's about time to break them out this year again too. Nagoya is starting to get cold…

Comment by Murdo — November 23, 2006 @ 11:01 am | post a comment

Didn't know you were born up in the great white north Chris! Sounds like you have led a pretty chilly existence haha.

Hope the job is going well up there man. Take it easy.

Comment by Aunty Jenny — November 23, 2006 @ 3:10 pm | post a comment

Hey Rob, better snow than rain any day! It looks very thick though. I hope they have good road ploughs on the roads you're going to be travelling … better yet, attach one to the front ofr your bike while its in bits, that would give the locals something to stare at! (Apart from you)!

Comment by Michael — November 23, 2006 @ 8:40 pm | post a comment

Bro, have your guts sorted themselves out?


Comment by Rob Thomson — November 23, 2006 @ 10:56 pm | post a comment

Thermal undies…Hmmmmm…they should make two layered ones these days too. I'd sure buy a pair!

Comment by Rob Thomson — November 23, 2006 @ 10:58 pm | post a comment

Aunty Les, as I was biking around yesterday, my onboard thermometer (on my speedo) was displaying 3 degrees. And that was at midday. It's no problem for cycling though, as you warm up fairly quick when you're pedalling.

Comment by Rob Thomson — November 23, 2006 @ 11:01 pm | post a comment

Michael, my guts are right as rain now. The medication I took for the Giardia seems to have done its job.

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