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it was already night when i got into kyrghizstan
as i didn't know where to sleep
i went in a international truck parking to put my tent
but there i met a man that proposed me to eat and sleep at his home
this is his son's neighbour and his house

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mountain near osh,
the biggest kyrghiz city at the end of the fergana valley

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40 km after osh begins the valley that leads to chiyirchik pass
they are renovating the road
and more than half of it is a track, mostly not stabilised

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samples of kyrghiz textile design
-actually bed covers drying along the road-

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when i saw these snowed mountains
i was afraid that it was already to late to pass the mountains with my bicycle
-actually it was!-
and i worried where would i sleep the next days

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chiyirchik pass (2406 m)

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after the pass the road is a long slope down to gulcho's valley
there was already no sun so going down has been very cold

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as i couldn't find a good place to put my tent
-even a flat one-
i just put it near the road
no problems at all, despite the noise of traffic

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the valley after gulcho

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i had a flat tire
and as usual it was just before sunset...
so i had to camp along the road again
marvelous panorama but it was quite cold there
the third photo shows the ice inside my tent fly in the morning

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children that came to watch me near my camp site

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the mountains that close the valley of gulcho
i would stop a few kilometers after taking this photo
and hitchhike a truck that would take me to sary tash and irkeshtam

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the road to the taldyk pass (3619 m)
there was snow on the road on this huge slope up
so even if i did it with my bicycle i would have had to push it...
and even pushing it snow is very slippery

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sary tash and the pamir mountains, more than 7.000 meters high in the background

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after sleeping in a little hotel in irkeshtam
i continued to china on my bike
this is the road that crosses the no-man's land
before china's border
(a very good road, probably made by chinese)