Day 56 – 16th of June 144 miles (Kazakhstan, Kegan) We were planning to spend one last time in Kyrgyzstan, in the town of Karakol, before crossing the border. However, as Karakol was only about 80 kms and the weather was good, we pressed on and got to the eastern border. The ride there took us through a small terribly bad surfaced, sometimes gravel road, but the views were stunning. We climbed up into high valleys where the locals move up their horses to graze all summer. We got to the border by mid-afternoon. It was a very small border with just few buildings for both sides. It would have been fast if the officials had not been bored and keen to speak with us! The setting was in a beautiful and very peaceful valley, surrounded by mountains and horses! We then rode to the nearest town. There were no money changers at the border! It was a tiny border. That was a problem as we only had 3000 tenge, about 16 dollars, and too many useless Kyrgyz Soms! After asking several times, and finally getting someone to take us there, we found the local bank! As usual, it was in a house, there was no way to know there was a bank there! We got some more money. By then it was getting late and we asked around about a guesthouse. After turning and asking a lot, we found a place for the night, with the bikes guarded by a cow. We discussed about the itinerary. In Kazakhstan, foreigners need to be registered with the OVIR. If you arrive by plane, it is done at the airport, but by land it has to be done within 5 days. If not, we could get in big trouble. The only way to register is in big towns. We decided to go to Almaty and get a big hotel to do our registration. Few hotels can do this, the big expensive ones only! Although it was possible to cross Eastern Kazakhstan in less than 5 days, we could not risk not doing the registration, with the bike capable of breaking down any time! We had an overpriced dinner at the only cafe in town. But then, not speaking well Russian and without a written menu, they can price as they want! Kazakhstan is definitely more expensive than Kyrgyzstan though!