Right next to the hotel in Jalal Abad is the bazaar, which I visited early in the morning to gather supplies
I bought bread and very very dry dried apricots and pistachios for the road to Sary Tash, a small village near the border with Tajikistan.
Foreigners attract a lot of weird looks here.
The route goes through Uzgen where I drove past another bazaar.
Lunch break in Osh, the 2nd biggest town of Kyrgyzstan and also an important checkpoint of the Silk road.
The restaurant (or institution) had apparently been victim to a battle of the dishes. At the time I ate there, the restaurant was empty so fortunately this didn’t happen.
Osh is a lovely city to stay in and nicer than Jalal Abad. Due to the strange borders decided by Stalin’s “divide and rule” mentality, a high proportion of the population is Uzbek.
On the way to Sary Tash, I stopped at a car repair in Gulach to check the tire pressure
The road to Sary Tash is very long and slow to finish but eventually I arrived.
A little boy led us all the way to a guest house
On the sign posted for this guesthouse showed shower facilities but I wasn’t quite expecting this…
And the room was slightly more cramped than the picture suggested
I met a group of cyclists from Grenoble and Lyon + a hitch hiker from Taiwan who had arrived from Tajikistan
Everyone is exhausted (cyclists and passengers)