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Day 37+ 38: Off to a Rough Start
Day 37: The day started off alright. The sun was shining, I slept in late (8:00) and  got a late start. First I headed along the Black Sea coast to Trabzon and then turned south towards Macka and the Meryemana Monastery. The monastery is located in the moun...

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Days 35+36: Through Georgia and back into Turkey!
Day 35: I woke up and, in what now has become a relaxing routine, drank some coffee while watching the sun rise. Then I was off. The first part of the day took me along the Caucasus through farmland. Here I saw my first medieval style walled monastery castl...

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Days 32-34: Crossing the Caspian, and Azerbaijan Too Quickly
Day 32: I woke up and drove into Aktau arriving at the port around 10:00am. I had expected to wait here for up to a week waiting for a boat but I arrived to find that a boat was leaving that evening. Unfortunately, they had just sold out of passenger ticket...

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Day 30 and 31: Bad Roads to Aktau
Day 30: Nukus had no gas stations so I had to find a guy selling gas from water bottles. I expected this section of desert, the road from Kungrad to the Kazakhstan border, to be really long and difficult. On my map, I had only seen one village along the ent...

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Days 26-29: Tourism and Gas Problems in Uzbekistan
Day 26: The plan for the day was to make it to Tashkent crossing the border at Uchkurgan. From others in the Bishkek hostel and elsewhere I'd heard that police in Uzbekistan, especially in the south were exceptionally corrupt and a few people had horror sto...

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Day 24+25: The False Start and Driving in Kyrgyzstan
Day 24 The next morning, I said my goodbyes and packed my motorcycle for the first time in a few days. I'd forgotten a few packing tricks but soon I was on my way. The first kilometer felt great. After the long break I was fully rested and ready for a beaut...

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Day 24+25: The False Start and Driving in Kyrgyzstan
Day 24 The next morning, I said my goodbyes and packed my motorcycle for the first time in a few days. I'd forgotten a few packing tricks but soon I was on my way. The first kilometer felt great. After the long break I was fully rested and ready for a beaut...

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The False Start and Driving in Kyrgyzstan
Day 24 The next morning, I said my goodbyes and packed my motorcycle for the first time in a few days. I'd forgotten a few packing tricks but soon I was on my way. The first kilometer felt great. After the long break I was fully rested and ready for a beaut...

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Day 20 and the long break
Day 20 I left my broom closet at sunrise, said my goodbyes and set off for the Kyrgyzstan border and Bishkek. The road started off urban but soon passed through farmland and eventually a mountain pass over relatively smooth mountains. The roads today were m...

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Days 19: Goodbye China
Day 19: That morning I woke up early, took out my documents and packed my bike. During the 45 minute drive to the border I went over all the border experiences I'd read about online and planned for some difficult situations. I reminded myself not to get ang...
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