Kublai Kooks - Mongol Rally 2017
Day 39 - August 23, 2017
Osh, Kyrgyzstan to Toktogul Reservoir
Countries: 26 KMs/Miles: 14840/9275
Breakdowns: 14 Time @ Borders: 45h 45m
Sometimes a short blog is a good blog and with beer to be drank, this will be just that (although whether it is ‘good’ isn’t certain). As many of the Kooks are engineers, the day’s events will be broken down in a bulleted list. Short and succinct.
-Began the drive towards the final scenic section of the Pamir Highway and was immediately pulled over by a crooked cop for speeding. $30. Bastard.
-Closing in on the Pamir, the Kooks were pulled over again by another crooked cop. Damnit.
-Got away with a trivial fine ($7) but were forced to part with some Kook T-Shirts and Duct Tape. The police gave us grapes and yoghurt in return.
-During said traffic-stop, John and Geej tore some local shrubbery from the side of the road for a late-night fire and loaded it into Millie. The police were visually confounded by this, laughed, and finally waved the boys on. Oddest traffic-stop ever
-Market stop to stock up for the camp saw the Kooks load up with cake, Kyrgyz empanadas, beer and John bought his much sought after ‘funny’ hat. The locals were impressed.
-After well over 5 weeks on the road, the Kooks finally got a scenic drive through the mountains. About damn time.
-Pulled in to wild camp at a lake with great views while the sun was still out. What a treat. The first time the Kooks have set up camp during the day.
-Still managed to pick the worst ground ever to pitch a tent. Slept like shit. Drats.