Back in Tashkent and ready to go, but as is often the case after a delay, a check of my documents revealed a snag. My Kirgiz visa has only 4 days left on it … no problem if I was exclusively going to Kirgizia on my way to Almaty, But I want to go to Tajikistan and the Pamir first … and it will be 7-8 days at least before I am out of Kirgizstan. So I spent yesterday running around filling in forms queueing and making exhorbitent payments into banks accounts for the Kirgiz consul. The upshot of it is I should have a new visa ready to collect by close of business Friday, allowing me to get on the road by Saturday morning.
Today was a chance to play with the bike, and take it out for a ride to Chimgan, high in the mountains, near the Kirgiz border. I had really missed the bike. Vlad had arranged for my front fairing to be professionally repainted in my absence. Its now looking better than all the other panels … but for how long.
Up at Chimgan, I saw a small glacier about 2km off the main road. I needed a off road goon about on the bike, and a few quad trails in the general direction of the glacier were all it took for me to tell Vlad and his friend Gali to wait for me … i had to get some gooning out of the system. As it happens the glacier-ette was rideable in its lower stages. There was a lot of grit and rocks in the ice and that provided enough traction
Late Friday update … got the Kirgiz visa late this afternoon. Also killed time today by going to a hairdresser and spicing up my haircut with an uzbek boyband look. The things you do when you have been too long on a motorcycle! For a few moments i even contemplated the mondo enduro look, going surfer bleach blond, but only for a few minutes. I never for a minute considered the ‘Claudio’ look from Ulan Ude. So the Uzbek boy band look it is.
Rock on !!