Today has been marked down in the dislike column of our trip, it started when both cars got pulled over for not having lights on in the day time the officer initially told us the fine would be 1,000 som which is about $20 then once wed hand our documents over decided the fine would be $50. Again no paperwork was filled in so once some haggling took place a fine of $23 was paid.
It was about an hour later after driving over a particularly mountains pass that more troubles started. We knew that our radiator had a small hole but had patched it with rad weld, this had held since Georgia when we first met with Geoff and Chloe but today was different. The warning light for the water system came on and this is when we discovered the leak. Rainbow dashes car was also struggling with misfiring issues and there bigger suspension had started chewing its way through the chassis much to there amusement.
For the rest of the day we drove filling up the car with water every hour or so. We even had to do it in the snow as we went over the last mountain pass on the way to the border. It was only 2 weeks ago we were sat baking in Ashgabat at 45 degrees and now it was snowing crazy!!
Our troubles were far from over on the way through Bishkek Joe got pulled over for speeding which cost another $70 and then towards the border both cars got pulled again for driving in the Left hand lane of a dual carriage way. Unbeknownst to us a solid which line across the lane means you cant enter it and in our defence there was no sign or cross over the lane. With the third corrupt policeman paid spirits were low and we still had to get through the Kazak border which had been black labeled by other ralliers as the worst so far oh joy!
Yet again to our surprise we were through both borders in about an hour which was an all time record for us and swiftly headed late into the morning into Astana all ready for bed and hopefully a better day.