Cast List

Trip Start Mar 23, 2012
Trip End Apr 22, 2012

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

The road was built in Soviet times, when Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan were one and the same. The border follows the river, approximately, and the road wobbles to and fro across the border as it feels like it. Whilst there is not that much to tell you about the road, I thought I would take the opportunity to introduce the cast of this trek epic, so that you are familiar with the characters in the story, and have somewhere to refer back to if you get muddled up.

The King's Group:

John W: Leader and organiser. Loud. Wears colourful trousers and has a collection of silly hats.

Annmarie: Trains nurses. Fiery. Stamina of a donkey. Regularly stays awake for days on end.

John L: Genial geologist and orienteer. Loses things on a regular basis.

Nigel: Doctor with a kebab habit and a pink down jacket. Throws underarm and stores kit in body-bags.

Rob: Short of stature but makes up for it with noise. Dedicated follower of Brackley Town football club (Champions of the Evostick League).

Robin: Lawyer with a wry sense of humour. Never gets hot, despite many layers of clothing.

Charles: Knows everything about everything. Never stops reading or listening to the radio. Entertaining showman.Very sharp mind.

Katrina - Pharmacist. Youngest member of the group. Eats constantly. Been with Mo for the past 7 years.

Chairman Mo: Pharmacist. Libyan Arab. Great sense of humour. Labels everything with Mo.

David: Oldest member of the group. Persistently Welsh. Off-beat sense of humour.

Simon: Boundless energy. Forever off-piste exploring. Took about 3000 photos of rocks.

Chris: The Prof. Whole life story shared regularly, from lawyer to tree-man.

Me: The Special Needs member of the group.

The Kyrgyz Guides

Maria: Strident and knowledgeable guide of Russian/Ukrainian/Kazakh/Kyrgyz descent. Orthodox Christian. 27. Good English. Easy company.

Vladimir: Father of Mikhail. Owner of Victoria Travel. Minibus driver. Very little English.

Mikhail: Son of Vlad. Father of Victoria. Minibus driver. Very little English.

The Nepali Guides

Hira: Very kind, helpful and gracious. Owns own trekking company. Spiritual - vegetarian into yoga. Plenty of experience. Good English.

Bishnu: "All of a stick insect", helpful, energetic. Got to do much of the donkey work. Never stops moving.

Tendi: Very smiley. Laughs a lot. Attached to the kitchens. Some English.

The Uigur Contingent

Akbar the Great: Knowledgeable about Uigur life and history, less so about Western expectations. Stressed if not in control - quite alpha male but generally personable. Learnt a lot about the British sense of humour.

Abdul: Shy cook, always helpful. Learning English.

Young Akbar: 22 year old Jack-the-lad in a shiny anorak

The Camel Herders

1. Cosimo: Older, wears ex US army coat and hat
2. Mongolian looking older man. Wears trousers with no zip.
3. Tall herder with an orange jacket and a large head.
4. Torsen: Teenager with no chin. Has 7m old baby girl in Rascam. Son of imam.
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