It was to my fortune to be born in Alma-Ata. The nature around the city gives a unique opportunity to be transferred from the sand dunes of the desert to the rocks and tundra’s glaciers, having traveled only one hundred kilometers. Moving from the Ili River to the south, leaving behind the desert and semi-desert, passing through the steppes, climbing through deciduous forests to the mountains, passing a thick firry forest and enjoying the bright colors of the green carpet of alpine meadows, we find ourselves in the realm of eternal ice, having spent only a couple of hours on this journey. In order to pass all these climatic zones to the north, to the shores of the Arctic Ocean, we would need to overcome about three thousand kilometers in a straight line.
Such a wealth of nature does not just call, however almost directly pushes into travel. Begun with short distance walks from the childhood, these trips remained with me and grew along, becoming longer and more interesting, until they were finally formed into the best for me recreation – Autotravel.
About how our autotravels have begun, how they have developed, what has been done and what else is desired to be achieved – is in my stories. Some of them have already been published on various Internet forums and are presented here with additions and clarifications. Stories published for the first time are still waiting for questions and feedbacks from readers as well as there are expected to be additions to photo and video materials. Some photos and videos have preserved what had already disappeared or had deformed significantly in twenty years, some routes had become inaccessible. Therefore, it is particularly interesting to have readers’ opinions to be expressed side by side with the authors’ impressions, who visited those same places, who traveled along the same roads. Let’s complement each other and, probably, someone else will have a desire to discover this fascinating world – the World of Autotravel.
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.”
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.”
Our life of auto travelers began from a trip to Russia. It was at 2001 , and the past nine years have not been empty. There were trips to Lake Baikal, Alakol and Borovoye Lakes, through the cities of Kazakhstan. Life during this time was rapidly changing and we want to have a new look at the old places – drive from Alma-Ata to Ufa, meet friends, look at the rebuilt capital of Kazakhstan – Astana. Continue reading “Russia again. Old Beloretsk tract. 2010.”
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.”