First stop in todays agenda was the mining town of Rudny. We pulled in to get some fuel and look around again for SIM cards.
The guy in the fuel station welcomed us into the little shop attached to the station and asked if we need any motor oils? I told him no, its OK ... our bikes are very specialised and we need special synthetic oils specifically for bikes.
He replied ... yes I know, look ... and showed me a load of LiquiMoly (good German brand) specific motorcycle oils in a variety of weights including the rare and elusive 10W-60 ... their top of the line oil. I was amazed ... even here in Rudny, you can get proper top quality synthetic bike oil at a sensible price.
I had done my oil recently in Volgograd and Terry had some coming into Astana with our new arrivals, so we passed, but it brought a smile to my face to know that good bike oil can (sometimes) be found out here.
As for SIMs, I cut my losses and got a standard SIM to put into an old phone. It meant my internet access would be poor in KZ (my old phone that took the big SIM was a slow one and mobile coverage here was a long way behind Russia ... so far I was getting mainly 2G). In Ukraine and Russia, we had 3G coverage almost everywhere ... even out in the middle of nowhere. We were taking pics in the middle of the steppe with nothing around and uploading to facebook in 2-3 seconds. It wasnt going to be like that for us in Kazakhstan.
We crossed the river at Rudny, looked back at the town ... before heading into the empty steppe: