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第98日目 - パノラマ写真出来上がり!
October 29th, 2006 | categorizilation: 全カテゴリー, カザフスタン, キルギス, タジキスタン


Near Kerege-Tash Pass, Kyrgyzstan

Kerege-Tash Pass, Kyrgyzstan

West of Urumqi, China

On the way to Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

On the road to Kazerman, Kyrgyzstan


Aqbaital Pass, Pamir Highway, Tajikistan

Near Alichur, Tajikistan

Khargush Pass, near Wakhan Valley, Tajikistan

Sharin Canyon, Kazakhstan

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第64日目 - オシュ市での休日
September 25th, 2006 | categorizilation: 全カテゴリー, キルギス




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第63日目 - ジャララバッド(Jalalabat)からオシュ市(Osh)まで
September 24th, 2006 | categorizilation: 全カテゴリー, キルギス

Time / 時間: 7h 20m
Average speed / 平均速度: 16.3km/h
Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2914.2kmかなり急いでいます。タジキスタンのビザ期間は5日間前に始まりました。キルギスにいてOKな期間はあとわずか6日間。しかし一応今日の目的は達成できました。長い一日でしたが、オシュに到着できました。

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第62日目 - カルダマ峠(Kaldama Ashuu)のふもとからジャララバッド(Jalalabat)の手前まで(日本語要約)
September 23rd, 2006 | categorizilation: 全カテゴリー, キルギス

Distance / 距離: 102.59km
Time / 時間: 6 53m
Average speed / 平均速度: 14.9km/h
Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2794.7km


Once again amazed at the strength of this bicycle. Absolutely bombing it down the pass at between 30 to 40 km/h, hitting some fairly chunky rocks, and not a scratch…the suspension really comes into play in these situations. There have been many times on the trip so far that I am certain I would have bent a rim or broken a spoke if it had not been for the suspension. Also, even though the bike has abou 35kg of gear strapped to it, you’d never know it. It is extremely nimble, and the disc brakes are a real bonus too - you stop when you want to stop.

As for surroundings, I feel as though I have dropped into another country all together. Lush valleys with apple trees, walnut trees, and then wide valleys with sunflower plantations.

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第61日目 - カザルマンのちょっと向こうからカルダマ峠(Kaldama Ashuu)のふもとまで
September 22nd, 2006 | categorizilation: 全カテゴリー, キルギス

Distance / 距離: 34.31km
Time / 時間: 3h 45m
Average speed / 平均速度: 9.1km/h
Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2692.1km


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第60日目 - ドドモル村(Dodomol)からカザルマン町(Kazarman)のちょっと向こうまで(日本語要約)
September 21st, 2006 | categorizilation: 全カテゴリー, キルギス

Distance / 距離: 76.80km
Time / 時間: 6h 01m
Average speed / 平均速度: 12.7km/h
Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2657.8km


My hopes for a nice long dowhill to Kazarman were dashed with a big fat pass in the middle. This did give me reason however to continue to marvel at the incredible piece of engineering that is this bike that I am riding on. The roads here are appalling. Very rocky, very bumpy. However, no matter how hard I ride the bike down these steep steep passes, the bike just laps it up. I am quite convinced that it is most entirely indestructable…

I sleep with no tent tonight. Just because.

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第59日目 - ジャンギタップ村(Jangi-Talap)からドドモル村(Dodomol)の手前まで
September 20th, 2006 | categorizilation: 全カテゴリー, キルギス

Distance / 距離: 59.79km
Time / 時間: 5h 38m
Average speed / 平均速度: 10.6km/h
Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2580.8km


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第58日目 - ナリン町(Naryn)からジャンギタラップ村(Jangi-Talap)まで(日本語要約)
September 19th, 2006 | categorizilation: 全カテゴリー, キルギス

Distance / 距離: 99.75km
Time / 時間: 5h 48m
Average speed / 平均速度: 17.2km/h
Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2521km


Generally downhill alll day, but a stiff headwind slowed progress slightly. Rain in the middle of the day made today the first day with rain since the downpour in Korea. This is a very dry place. I am amazed at the change in landscape here. The foothills seem to be made of dry mud, creating a miniature version of the mountains behind.

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Naryn ni imaaaasu
September 18th, 2006 | categorizilation: 全カテゴリー, キルギス

minasan no atatakai messe-ji, arigatougozaimasu. hountou ni chikara ni natteimasu. inta-netto no kaisoku ga osoi to nihon moji de kotaeru no ha naka naka muzukashii node, ro-maji de kaite imasu.

koko kara no yotei ha kirugisu no nibanme ookii toshi no OSH he mukaimasu. michi no joukyou ha kono isshuukan yori mo zutto ii hazu desu node, tugi no appude-to ha osoraku 5nichi go ni OSH kara ni naru to omoimasu.

soshite shashin no kaisetu ni nihongo ga tuite inakute moushiwake arimasen. kore mo inta-netto no kaisoku no mondai de, OSH ni tuitara nihongo no kaisetu wo tuika shite mimasu.

sore deha, OSH he shuppatsu!

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第55日目 - アーチャリ村(Archali)からタッシュバシャット村(Tash Bashat)まで(日本語要約)
September 16th, 2006 | categorizilation: 全カテゴリー, キルギス

Distance / 距離: 78.49km
Time / 時間: 6h 33m
Average speed / 平均速度: 11.9km/h
Distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2387km


Downhill? Despite the fact that the river I was following was flowing in the same direction as I was cycling, I spent most of the day slogging it up an incredulously steep road that went up and down to avoid the many bluffs that the river had carved into the valley. The river had gone from meyandering wide river to a narrow deep gorge, forcing the road sometimes 150m or so up from the river.

It was here in this gorge that I really began to sense the change in season. The trees had a definite tinge of yellow to them. Tajikistan with its 4600m passes came to mind. With this little wee adventure over the last week, my arrival in Tajikistan is sure to be much later than I had expected. Hopefully this won’t mean too many hassles with snowy roads…

Back to the present, today’s breakfast was dry pasta. Lunch was…well, lunch wasn’t, actually. At around 11am, I was invited in for tea and a small snack by a farming family, but apart from that and the last quater of the jar of Nutella, nothing. I’m not sure what has got me to Tash Bashat, but I think it was the rumour of a well stocked store. Tash Bashat would become the first place that I could buy food in about 6 days of travel.

Actually, I lie. In Eki-Naryn, a small town about 5km before Tash Bashat, I was able to buy some potatoes from a farmer who happened to be digging them up just as I was passing by. After some bartering, he agreed to sell eight medium sized potatoes to me for ten som. He originally wanted fourty.

Unfortuately Tash Bahshat did not have the cheese and butter that I so dearly wanted to go with my spuds, but at the small store I was able to buy some cheap fizzy cordial, three eggs, six carrots, and some chocolate. The chocolate by the way just wasn’t worth it. Cocoa flavoured lard is how I would describe it. Another Kyrgyzstan taste disaster.

Armed with these ingredients plus a fruit tomato that I was given by a woman as I passed, I made the most delicious vegetable soup/gruel I have ever tasted. Seasoning was thanks to that great Kazakhstan soup mix that I still have a mass stock of. For the first time in seven days, I ate my fill. An immense sense of satisfaction is floating around my head right now. Maybe I can manage this backcountry cycling thing after all…

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