Yeah, so I am still here in Samarkand.
It was raining the last couple of days.
Ok, I lie. It was beautiful weather yesterday, but I decided instead of heading out that I would take my bike to bits and clean it. My chain is soaking in kerosene, and my cogs are looking like new. I figure that since the visas I am currently waiting for (Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan) are the last visas that I will ever need to apply for on this trip, this is probably also the last time I will have such a long break where I can properly do mainentance on the bike.
In other news, you may recall that not too long ago, my speedometer stopped going. The owner of the B&B that I am staying at suggested that I go to the Sunday market here in Samarkand and look in the bicycle section for a replacement one. I didn’t hold much hope of finding one, but a quick ask around uncovered a cheap Chinese speedo that not only has all the functions of my old speedo plus present temerature, but cost only $5. It will be interesting to see how long it lasts…
An in other news, a Brazillian travel reporter I met on the Pamir Highway has written an article on her travels in Tajikistan, and I feature in it. Check it.