Sunday, August 14, 2005

Look, proof - still healthy?!.*!

Blackbox FM going out live now to a 50m zone in Uzbekistan. Big shout out to the Mongol mini and Rolling Johnstones, and any other locals who happen to be tuned to 88.5 MBBR FM Txt in ur requests now. "don't touch dat dial"

Samarkhand. Sorry for the HUGE DELAY in posting to the site, Russia, Kazakhstan and now Uzbekistan don't seem to have many internet cafe's. We crossed Russia to Volgograd then headed down the Volga to Astrakan, into Kazakhstan and over the top of the Caspian to Atyrau (nasty) Then down the west side of the Aral and into the desert into Uzbekistan - 40 degree heat, only compensated for by an excellent night sky and shooting stars. Then into the absurdly irrigated valleys of Uzbekistan and the vast swathes of cotton growing in a desert thanks to some idiot in soviet Russia 40 years ago...

News!: Just before the Russian border, Mini snapped a rear suspension bolt and after a 6 hour bodge we then had another 6 hour wait to get into Russia because a spotty oik wouldn't take dollars for insurance (you can't pay in rubles since it's illegal to take them into the counrty and there was no exchange on the border at 4am)

Russia - Vodka plying, shashik munching bunch of lunatics. Enough said.

Police - Insist on driving our cars drunk and point out that sunroofs are great for machine gun turrets but otherwise no real problems (having said that Luke got "done" for speeding today as we screeched past a radar gun at 110kph in a 70 zone at 7am this morning, the guy was severly hungover (actaully still drunk) and hadn't seen us coming, claimed we were doing 73 and took a packet of Marlboroughs to nullify those 3kph)

Uzbekistan much nicer than the bit of Kaz that we saw which was a flat dust plain of nothingness with the odd booming oil town that offered nothing unless you had a suitcase of dollars from a western oil company (very odd, only middle aged Brits "on business")

Going to crack on to Kyrgyzstan, can't wait for some mountain air. Love to all - Click on the picture to see all our other ones on the photo site.

Sam and Luke

ps. next big post may not be till Mongolia, will keep texting. xxxx


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