Kosh-Agach to Kamlak to Barnaul 700km 15 hours.
Mine host at Octpobok hotel in Kosh-Agach. Such a friendly welcome and farewell.
Notice about the plague.
The Altai mountains near Kosh-Agach.
Rugged rocks bound the roads in lots of places. This is a modern version of one of the old silk roads.
Kazakhstan with camel products on sale at road side stalls.
Birch trees are abundant. There are some outside our hotel in Barnaul which are six stories tall.
Oksana and Inna at a cafe on the road side. Borscht, coffee and a Nutella filled sweetmeat for lunch. It has just started to rain so we were happy to sit inside until the rain shower passed.
Young Paulina, aged 16, welcomed us in fluent English to the Fields of Altai hotel. She has already completed one year at university and is planning to study biology from this year. I enjoyed dinner of chicken, egg pasta, vegetables and fresh lettuce and home made red currant wine. Next morning breakfast was fried eggs, millet porridge, curd, butter muffins, coffee.
Lovely Paulina with luscious peonies. The garden looked very healthy and lush.
Out of the Altai into the wide open spaces. Rapeseed/canola in flower. Fields as far as the eye can see.
Aaaargh the traffic. Lane splitting by cars. The right hand drive cars driving on the right side of the road are terrifying. They have to pull far out over the centre line to see if there is any oncoming traffic. This looks like there is plenty of space... but not at 100+km/h
To Hotel Barnaul where our suite costs the equivalent of $140NZ - cheaper than the price of a motel anywhere in NZ. It is a very nice place to rest. Especially since Dick is not 100% at the moment.
Just at the right time!!! Friends turn up. Joe from Kiel, who we met at the border helped me park the bike in the evening. Then Ozzie and Zom touch base. They are in Barnaul. We met them both at the Oasis in Ulan Bataar. Super friends on the road. They took the southern route in Mongolia but we have enjoyed meeting up with them in various places.