Got going in the early morning:
I was looking at white mountains in the distance:
And at a snowy expanse at my side:
At one point, I ran into Chalymzhan, who was driving a herd of sheep next to the road:
We took a photo together with his horse, a beautiful creature that was not scared of me or the camera:
Chalymzhan told me he liked to take his horse out to play kokpar, a rough riding game where players try to get a goat carcass and place it in a goal.
You need a tough horse for that kind of sport.
I only had my Caboose.
I walked on the main highway for a long time, but I eventually got bored with it and left for this road as soon as I saw it:
Took a picture there:
And found a place to sit down, have some cookies and wait for the cameras to shoot time-lapse videos of the place:
One of the videos turned out alright, too:
I took another Let’s Walk video after that, because I liked the quietness of the village road:
And here’s the beer bottle picture I was talking about in the video:
It goes to show you that you shouldn’t film and take photographs at the same time.
Walked past some graves that were rather beautiful:
It was perfect:
Some dudes appeared. They seemed drunk and happy:
And then this other dude came running along and became my walking partner for a kilometer or so:
Then I reached the village of Akyrtobe:
This guy drove his car next to me for about twenty minutes to show me the way back up to the main road, where the restaurants and shops were:
And eventually I found them:
I stayed at this restaurant:
Though it wasn’t exactly in this restaurant, but in another one right next to it, one that had apparently been abandoned (though the lights still worked and there was a dude staying in there who took me in):
My room was behind this door:
When everything was settled I went out and took a time-lapse of the restaurant that was still working:
And while I was doing this I noticed that there was a dead dog laying just next to the door of the building where I was staying:
I had seen many dead animals on the road before.
But this one made me sad.