Stories

Going over three passes – tears of a leopard, the road to gold and tundra. Tien Shan. 2018.

Honestly, there were more passes, but the rest, despite a decent height, were kind of inexpressive, anonymous, like a cross on a map. In the first three were, almost one after another, almost like steps of a staircase to the sky – Sarymoynok (3126 m), Barskaun (3754 m) and, slightly further, the Suek pass (4021 m). Continue reading “Going over three passes – tears of a leopard, the road to gold and tundra. Tien Shan. 2018.”

We are going to autotravel. Car preparation and equipment.

What to take with you and how to prepare the car for long-distance autotravel? Everyone asks this question when preparing for the trip. A journey of several thousand kilometers along different roads provides for some autonomy and readiness for surprises. You need maximum confidence for your car and enough equipment. Continue reading “We are going to autotravel. Car preparation and equipment.”

Three years of waiting for the promised … Tien-Shan, 2018.

Three years of waiting for the promised… After returning from the first trip through the mountains of Tien Shan, I decided to come here again at the first opportunity, having issued a pass to the border zone. However, at next year was Mongolia, one year later – the Far East, and Kyrgyzstan was postponed and postponed. Continue reading “Three years of waiting for the promised … Tien-Shan, 2018.”

Law on the road. For what and how fined in Kazakhstan. 2018.

The following are points from the Rules of the Road Traffic of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the corresponding articles of the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Administrative Offenses (in red). Articles of documents are given as of 2018. Also, as of 2018, the size of the MCI is given (monthly calculated indicator) – 2,405 tenge. Added some comments on each item and articles of the Code relating to administrative proceedings. Continue reading “Law on the road. For what and how fined in Kazakhstan. 2018.”

Winter road to the lake Kolsay. 2018.

We got acquainted with this lake twenty years ago. At that time, the popularity of the Kulsai lakes was not great, they were talked about a little and even less traveled here. The distance from Alma-Ata is not great – about three hundred kilometers, but the road was bad at that time and its condition continued to deteriorate. Continue reading “Winter road to the lake Kolsay. 2018.”

How did I come to this life … Looking back into 1997.

In early 1997, we had gotten a car on which we could drive almost anywhere – MMC Pajero 1997 Model, 3.0L GL. It could had been used for a big group of people for a Sunday picnic – nine seats, including a driver, made it easy to do so, as well as could allow to travel off autonomously for several days, taking a tent, a bunch of different things and foods – an unusually large interior size contained everything that only our soul desired. Continue reading “How did I come to this life … Looking back into 1997.”

The first time on the roads of Russia. 2001 year.

About how we came to such a life and decided to become autotravelers is said here. The next story – is our first long journey. Unfortunately, there will be no photos, they were not preserved. There will be video clips taken on an analog camera and digitized, which show the roads of the first year of our century. And the maps which we used to travel. Continue reading “The first time on the roads of Russia. 2001 year.”

Automotive Middle East – Emirates, Iran, Oman. And Central Asia.

There will be a little bit of everything in this story – “resident” trips around the Emirates, to the capital of neighboring Oman, Muscat and returning by car from the UAE to Kazakhstan through Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. All this – the events of 15-20 years ago and some things can already be told – as they really happened. What there will not be – those are photos, since the use of photographic equipment in Iran was not exactly welcomed, so to say. Therefore, everything is only from my words – believe it or not. It is impossible to check any longer … Continue reading “Automotive Middle East – Emirates, Iran, Oman. And Central Asia.”

Discovering Baikal. Olkhon Island. 2009.

Interest in further autotravel, the result of which was the first visit to Russia in 2001, did not die. However, life was such that the second long trip took place eight years later and its target was the eastern part of Russia – Siberia and Lake Baikal. Continue reading “Discovering Baikal. Olkhon Island. 2009.”

The ice is coming back. Lake Alakol. 2010.

From childhood, as remember myself, I always knew tthe largest lakes closest Alma-Ata were Balkhash and Issyk-Kul. There were, indeed, an “all-union health resort.” at the past century. However, there was another lake with the same healing, slightly saline water – Alakol, the “colorful lake”. Located to the northeast of Almaty at a distance of approximately five hundred kilometers in a straight line, this lake has long been a closed area. Continue reading “The ice is coming back. Lake Alakol. 2010.”