With only 15 days to cycle more than 4.000km through the desert, we have no other choice but to hitchhike. Fortunately here in the steppe of Kazakhstan, it's as easy as taking a bus in London. Just wait for the first truck, wave your hand and it will stop if the driver has the tiniest room for you. And than the fun begins.
Xinaliq, 2300 a.s.l., is a remote village in Azerbaijan. It used to be very difficult to reach it until 2006, when an asphalt road was built, now it is possible to drive to Xinaliq.
Trying to get our Chinese visa in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan is harder than expected. We'll need to get to Almaty. We repair our bikes at the bicycle guesthouse
An easy bicycle ride from Bishkek and how we got our Chinese visa in Almaty. Bicycle touring Central Asia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
From Azerbaijan to Kazakhstan by boat. Crossing the Caspian Sea on a Soviet-era ferry, from Baku to Aktau. Right in the middle of the Kazakh Steppe.
Among the best things to do around Almaty, Charyn Canyon is a must, while less may know of Esik Lake. Both can be reached on a day trip from Almaty.
Bicycle touring and hitchhiking a bus to Urumqi. Things to do and fact to know about the capital of Xinjiang. And things you don't know the Chinese do