New Beginnings

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Kazakhstan  , Aqmola,
Monday, September 7, 2009

The early start I hope for does not materialise. I have tea at Nikolai's. I say goodbye to him. I say goodbye to Nikolai II. I go to Astana Motors and say goodbye to Sasha and Assel and I am finally on my way at midday. I feel a strange reluctance to leave. After a week I feel I have put some roots down. I have made so many new friends here. It feels like starting the journey all over again as I ride south across the steppe to Almaty. The countryside begins to undulate and there are small hills dotted around. The sun shines but there is a bitter northeast wind. I need to readjust to life on the road. Fuel stations are frequent though accommodation is not, so I make an early stop after 160 miles and catch up with writing, photographs and sleep.
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