Uzbekistan Buhkara delights to sleeping under the stars

Old town Buhkara

Old town Buhkara

Buhkara, beautiful old buildings

Buhkara, beautiful old buildings

Buhkara

Buhkara

Buhkara Trafford Centre

Buhkara Trafford Centre

Buhkara views ruined by us

Buhkara views ruined by us

Fellow travellers Noel, Tom, David, Jean Batiste, Ian and myself meet up for beer and food

Fellow travellers Noel, Tom, David, Jean Batiste, Ian and myself meet up for beer and food

Due to lack of petrol here it's in contianers or drained straight from the fuel pumps of petrol cars (most cars are LPG here) Most people know how to do this

Due to lack of petrol here it’s in contianers or drained straight from the fuel pumps of petrol cars (most cars are LPG here) Most people know how to do this

Next step, fill up the bike

Next step, fill up the bike

How to make a local lad very happy, sit him on the bike

How to make a local lad very happy, sit him on the bike

En route to the Tajikistan border all was going well until Ian got the first of 2 punctures, the second of which had to be fixed in the dark

En route to the Tajikistan border all was going well until Ian got the first of 2 punctures, the second of which had to be fixed in the dark

After the delay with punctures the "road" which was full of potholes was not much fun in the dark with no headlight due to my dip beam having blown. My full beam is 2 very bright spotlights which blind anyone coming the other way so it was lights out when anything came the opposite way or when overtaking a car. Ian nearly drove into some unmarked, unlit road works. i nearly ran into a cyclist who also had no lights so when we saw a bar we pulled in looking for a bed for the night. We got mobbed by the locals so the boss gently ushered round the back by the kitchen to our bed. The bed was just that. A double wooden bed outside in the open which we had to share. We received a great selection of food and drink, plus the bed all free of charge as the owner efused any payment. What a top guy. Thats him in the picture in the chef's uniform.  So in the morning as not to offend him we hid some money in the kitchen where he'd find it.

After the delay with punctures the “road” which was full of potholes was not much fun in the dark with no headlight due to my dip beam having blown. My full beam is 2 very bright spotlights which blind anyone coming the other way so it was lights out when anything came the opposite way or when overtaking a car. Ian nearly drove into some unmarked, unlit road works. i nearly ran into a cyclist who also had no lights so when we saw a bar we pulled in looking for a bed for the night. We got mobbed by the locals so the boss gently ushered round the back by the kitchen to our bed. The bed was just that. A double wooden bed outside in the open which we had to share. We received a great selection of food and drink, plus the bed all free of charge as the owner efused any payment. What a top guy. Thats him in the picture in the chef’s uniform. So in the morning as not to offend him we hid some money in the kitchen where he’d find it.

Our bed for the night

Our bed for the night

Luxury for two in the open air, as were the other beds at the front of the place

Luxury for two in the open air, as were the other beds at the front of the place

open air kitchen with great food, though I suspect British catering officials may be a little surprised!

open air kitchen with great food, though I suspect British catering officials may be a little surprised!

The owner on my bike

The owner on my bike

Number 2 Ahmed on my bike

Number 2 Ahmed on my bike

All the kids took turns

All the kids took turns

and again

and again

It takes so little effort to make the kids happy

It takes so little effort to make the kids happy

The front of our guest house the next morning

The front of our guest house the next morning

Our hosts the next day, though the owner had gone off to lecture at college by this time, a very busy man

Our hosts the next day, though the owner had gone off to lecture at college by this time, a very busy man

After the delay with punctures the "road" which was full of potholes was not much fun in the dark with no headlight due to my dip beam having blown. My full beam is 2 very bright spotlights which blind anyone coming the other way so it was lights out when anything came the opposite way or when overtaking a car. Ian nearly drove into some unmarked, unlit road works. i nearly ran into a cyclist who also had no lights so when we saw a bar we pulled in looking for a bed for the night. We got mobbed by the locals so the boss gently ushered round the back by the kitchen to our bed. The bed was just that. A double wooden bed outside in the open which we had to share. We received a great selection of food and drink, plus the bed all free of charge as the owner efused any payment. What a top guy. Thats him in the picture in the chef's uniform.  So in the morning as not to offend him we hid some money in the kitchen where he'd find it.

After the delay with punctures the “road” which was full of potholes was not much fun in the dark with no headlight due to my dip beam having blown. My full beam is 2 very bright spotlights which blind anyone coming the other way so it was lights out when anything came the opposite way or when overtaking a car. Ian nearly drove into some unmarked, unlit road works. i nearly ran into a cyclist who also had no lights so when we saw a bar we pulled in looking for a bed for the night. We got mobbed by the locals so the boss gently ushered round the back by the kitchen to our bed. The bed was just that. A double wooden bed outside in the open which we had to share. We received a great selection of food and drink, plus the bed all free of charge as the owner efused any payment. What a top guy. Thats him in the picture in the chef’s uniform. So in the morning as not to offend him we hid some money in the kitchen where he’d find it.

Our bedroom the next morning

Our bedroom the next morning

 

Tyre shop were we got our 3 punctured inner tubes fixed properly rather than with our patches

Tyre shop were we got our 3 punctured inner tubes fixed properly rather than with our patches

Words and pictures together at last instead of random pictures and copy. Hey I’m getting the hang of this blog lark, probably much to Jame’s amusement. Still can’t find the spell check though so please excuse any typo’s I prefer riding to writing.

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