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Juma having no hotel and Uzbekistan having a rule that foreigners had to stay in hotels in order to register could mean only one thing: I had parked the Caboose overnight, hopped in a car back to Samarkand, slept there and then taken a taxi back to Juma in the morning.

It was all very complicated.

When I arrived in Juma, the Caboose was doing great. She had spent the night in Golib’s tool shop:

Golib was a serious businessman and an overall great guy who had given me a ride back to Samarkand the night before:

I said my thanks and got back on the road. It was overcast:

But there was no rain, yet:

I was planning on walking around 30km, then park the Caboose somewhere and hitch a ride to Kattakurgan, as I was told it was a rather big settlement with several hotels.

Sometimes I would pass people who were trying to fix their cars:

I saw this a lot in this part of the world.

One time Golib found me and gave me some bread and some dried apricots:

I passed a village called Guliston, which reminded me of the place with the pink hotel where my brother and I had stayed almost four months ago:

Gulistan (or Guliston) meant “land of flowers”.

Here’s a Let’s Walk video from today:

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There was a big guy on a little donkey once:

And then the rain started:

It was more like a drizzle that continued all during the rest of the day:

Passed this little dude who was cautious at first…

…but quickly warmed up:

His parents were working in the fields in the back, and his big brother was there, too:

The little dude really liked the Caboose:

At some point in the afternoon I went to a roadside restaurant and ordered food. They said all they had was bread and eggs. So I ordered bread and eggs, hardboiled:

Sometimes I saw people selling things next to the road:

This lady had kashk, a sort of dried yoghurt that I knew as kurt from my time in Kazakhstan:

And she had eggs. I bought a couple, even though I didn’t know what to do with them. But they were better than that kashk.

I noticed that the rain had made the road appear soapy:

I didn’t know what it was, but I had seen it before on my way through China many years ago.

Out here, Uzbekistan looked a lot like the steppe in Kazakhstan. Just rolling green hills:

And the occasional cow:

There was nowhere to park the Caboose. I would have to walk all the way to Kattakurgan. So I stopped a cyclist to ask how far it was:

He told me that it wasn’t far and that Kattakurgan indeed had a hotel:

I gave him the eggs I had bought.

Then I pressed on until it was night:

Kattakurgan seemed like a rather big place, it even had some sort of gate:

And it was full of supermarkets and shops:

But when I got to the hotel they told me that they were a military hotel, and that they didn’t have a license to host me, the foreigner. I tried pleading with them, but of course that was to no avail.

In the end I ended up storing her here, in this restaurant:

The people there were very helpful, but even they could not change the fact that I was going to have to ride back more than 70km to Samarkand and spend the night there.

I felt very tired.



  • Adrian

    How aggravating. I became familiar with this taxi/accommodation-shunting in France, but I could at least have slept under a hedge there if necessary. Bravo to you!

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  • 周苏晓

    It it difficult to walk in this country which has such must-stay-in-hotel police, the back and forth drives people exhausted! But you bring us with stories you and we can not have in a normal life! Persistence and patience are ingredients in your walking path! Good night!

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