Many cyclists who do bicycle touring Kyrgyzstan contemplate if they would take the main road or smaller roads from Osh to Bishkek. Because of snow most of the smaller roads and passes were closed so we decided on the main road. The only parts that were not so pleasant were the first 100 km out of Osh and the last 80 km into Bishkek because of heightened traffic and narrow roads. The rest of this route is beautiful and inspiring with blue rivers, lakes, fresh crisp air and high mountains. We didn’t regret our choice! On the road we would usually find a place for lunch because it was nice to warm up during the more chilly days. Our favourite dish was Bifsteck, a good meal for cyclists with pasta, rice, potato and meat with a sauce. It made our day. Other nice dishes were Laghman, Goulash and Manty.
Our nights on the road were always special in Kyrgyzstan. We have slept in small restaurants, in someones living room and also camped quite a lot. One morning we came across Russian hunters on their way to hunt Ibex, another day we were sent underway with Kurut, dried cheese balls which almost break your teeth. And one delightful morning we had a great breakfast with bread, kefir (local yoghurt), jam and dips. The woman was peeling onions and potatoes and asked us to stay for lunch. We had to get going but the feeling was so warm and genuine that it just made us happy.
We spent quite an amount in one place in Kyrgyzstan to gain some weight and prepare for winter. In Osh we stayed in an apartment together with three other bicycle tourers and in Bishkek we stayed at Nomad hostel. In Sary Tash we spent the night at Eliza B&B, a nice little homestay (coming from the Pamirs take a left up the hill and past the hotel, there is a sign to the homestay, the homestay is on your right hand side after 200 meters).
We really want to share our story, our journey with you. We have thought about this new dimension for a while. If you enjoy our story consider receiving one of our postcards from the road. We cycle through many small towns and cities with their own story and often there is a postcard to be found. This postcard can be sent to you.