22. May 2000, Tashkent to Bishkek
We had breakfast in the dark today, since there was no electricity in the hotel when we got up. Today was a long, but relaxing drive. In order to navigate around the Ferghana valley where kidnappings happened last year we crossed over to Kyrgistan via Kazakhstan. This meant two border crossings today which fortunately were surprisingly uncomplicated and quick. We were driving through seemingly endless green meadows of Kazakhstan. which are bordered by high snow peaked mountains. People in Kazakhstan. and Kyrgistan can still understand our Turkish and asked us about the journey at every stop that we made.
Overall 41 minutes penalty