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August 12th 2016
Published: August 12th 2016
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SAMARKAND, UZBEKISTAN, 12 AUGUST, 2016. Today is the last day in Samarkand, the day the bike all came together, thankfully. Tomorrow we start the ride to Bukhara, 260 kms over 2 days. I hope I am up to it, as it has been a while since I've done a long day(s)! Likely temps will be 39-40c by 10am. Riding days from camp start at 5.30 am to minimalism the heat impact. Today visited inside the Mausoleum of Amir Temur. He ruled from his capital, Samarkand, to Istanbul, north into Russia and south west into Iran. His tomb was most impressive, with gold and blue highlights. A small mosque behind was equally magnificent. On return to hotel, in a park adjacent to the Registan, there was an appealing open air cafe where I consumed a trio of tasty ice creams, one especially tasty was green, in Uzbek Cuey , possibly cucumber. Will undertake a final repack in readiness. On riding days, it will be bush camps, so little to no likelihood of wifi. Next rest day BUKHARA.

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