After an enjoyable night under the stars, I got away from my camp spot without being seen and hit the road with a sharp keenness to reach Bukhara by mid-afternoon. I did battle with a headwind from the outset, distracting my mind for a while by listening to another The Teaching Company lecture about the nature of the universe. Until my MP3 player ran out of batteries that is. I then had to work hard to occupy my mind with other things so as to forget about my struggle with the wind. I had a lunch break at a little mini mart where I got the cheapest horde of goods yet: bread roll, four tomatoes, handful of chocolate biscuits, 5L water and ice cream, all for just AU$1.30. I reached Bukhara without too much hardship, navigating my way to Rumi Hostel, which had been recommended to me by a few sets of travellers. It’s a nice enough place, but I haven’t found the people running it to be endearing at all. In fact, I have the impression the people of Bukhara are different in nature to those I have met on my journey in Uzbekistan so far. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s a touristy place or because it’s a different region, or just me. I settled in, spent some time on the internet, washed my clothes and then headed out for dinner, enjoying a nice salad and plov.

Uzbekistan in a nutshell

Accommodation $ Hostel
Distance ridden today 83.69km
Average cycling speed 13.3kph
Total distance ridden 21,455km