Currently in the run-down city of Karakol in eastern Kyrgyzstan staying at a very nice hostel, Yak Tours Hostel. The mission for the next two weeks is to get my Tajikistan and Uzbekistan visas from Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. I ride the night bus to Bishkek tonight. My bike and most of my gear stays locked up here at the hostel until I come back. I really want to visit Song-Kol and ride across the mountains to Osh, rather than riding my bike to Bishkek. I also save about 300km riding this way too.
In Bishkek I will post my diary entries and photos from the past few days. It has been amazing, amazing scenery, and once again fantastic locals, including leaving Kazakhstan with more money that I entered the country with! Stay tuned!
Thank you all for all your questions and comments. I will answer them all once I get more time in Bishkek (two weeks waiting for visas!).