Disclaimer: Due to the number of comments that have been received it has been felt necessary to clarify that this trip is in no way based on "The Long Way Round" which the authors of the trip were not aware and nor was it first broadcast of at the time at which this trip was drunkenly conceived. The authors of this trip would like to distinguish their intended trip from the journey undertaken in "The Long Way Round" in that unlike Charlie Borman and Ewan McGregor they are not experienced riders (they have both only been riding motorbikes for just over one year), they are not receiving sponsorship and they will not have a support crew with them at any point on the journey. Just to avoid any further confusion it has been thought that it would be helpful to point out that Tom Horovitch and Peter Caley are both fictional characters and are not famous film stars.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - 8233 miles from London

We are in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. We will put a Kyrg entry up shortly, but in the meantime below are some pictures from Almaty, Kazakhstan where we spent three and a half weeks whilst we were sorting out logistical and mechanical issues and waiting for our Kyrg visas to start.
Our Kazakh phone numbers no longer work, but we have new Kyrg SIM cards. Our numbers are:
Peter: 00 996 502 453957
Tom: 00 996 502 453987

Kids on the bike - ouside the hostel - Almaty

Kids on my bike outside the hostel, Almaty

Our tires, Almaty

Our old tires. From left to right - my back tire (now being carried as a spare); Peter's back tire (notice how much more Peter's tire has worn - big lad and heavy bike!); Peter's front tire which was repaired in Perm; my front tire; the front tire Peter had sent from BMW Moscow to Perm (now being carried as a spare); a crap back tire that we bought second-hand in Almaty which looked ok but turned out to be 12 years old and screamed on the road because the rubber was so tight and dry.

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Boris, the mechanic we watched work meticulously on our bikes for two days. Here he is balancing one of the wheels.

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The bikes in Boris's workshop having the tires changed.

David Berkhof, Almaty

Having a drink with David Berkhof of Stantours who has been so helpful with the planning of this trip.

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Fernando, a Spanish biker who has ridden from London but decided to live in Almaty for six months (see Nomad Podcast - link on right side of this page in the travel blogs section) and Reana.

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Soviet housing block, Almaty

Public swimming pool, Almaty

Public swimming pool.

Man washes puppy at the Motorbike garage, Almaty

Man washing a puppy in a bucket at the first motorbike garage that we went to.

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Sunset over Almaty

More photos on Flickr (for link see site content on the right of this page).

Entry by Tom.

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