Thanks for the send-off Kazakhstan
Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
51Trip End Dec 31, 2010
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Slept in car on little road near train station
We did finally break away from the convoy after lunch, as we were heading down to Uzbekistan, and everyone else was traversing Kazakhstan. The road from Atyrau has no signs, but is a brand new road, so it is immaculate all the way to Beinyu. But from Beinyu to the border, it was a jagged mix of concrete slabs that looked like they had been dropped from the sky with broken concrete, rebar, and then washboard dirt in between. What should have been a 45minute drive to the border from Akzhigit took almost 4 hrs. It was almost like Kazakhstan knows this is the only border into Uzbekistan from this region, and intentionally keeps the road completely trashed.
I finally turned in and gave up at a small town past Akzhigit on the road to the train station. It was almost 2am and I was completely beat. Mike had been sick earlier in the night and both Mike and Lauren were fast asleep at that point. That night was not a the best night of the rally to say the least...