Balykchy & a stay in family home.

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August 26th 2014
Published: August 30th 2014
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At 180km long, it is hard to get good photo. Such a deep blue colour.
Balychky is town at other end of Issyk kul, which s another bit salty lake, just 180km long, the lake has 7 or 8 feed rivers but no surface river runs out!

I found a guest house by asking taxi driver, small holding right down by lake, cow & calf, turkeys and guineafoul all cluking about.

Whole family live in approx 3 building, grand parrents , ma & pa, I think 6 daughters from 4 to 21.

Their main business is small shop, from what can 1 in 10 houses is a small grocery.

Day out to Bishkek, to visit Kordai border and get some bike insurance - no so simple, did loose original bike V5 & customs declaration - stupid, but ended up leaving Kyrgyz and re-entry after fiddle on with help Omar a fixer, spend £25 (is alot if hotel here is £6/night) to achieve little.

Bishkek was busy city, post cards bit hard to find.

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Irrigation is big part of agriculture here, makes use of milky colour glacial run off waters, which flow all summer. No water and green vanishes.
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Buildings often hotels left behind from better times think Russians used to holiday by the lake.
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Kordai border

Chaos, que in one lane would too simple. Much horn blowing. Vs Kegen crossing which I used where maybe 30 people /day cross.

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