Just had a call from Himalayan Kingdoms who've just had a call on the sat-phone from Steve to say that they've not been allowed into China and on to Kashgar today as planned. They may be allowed in on Monday but nothing is clear. I'd guess this is a reflection of the problems in Kashgar earlier in the week and the opening of the Olympics :- (
(and ironic seeming as I'm sat here watching the opening ceremony and wondering if they are all crowded into a bar in Kashgar watching it with the locals. )
And it doesn't look like there's much to do around Irketsham - and about 50 miles back to Sary Tash - which doesn't have much more. Perhaps they could knock off Pik Lenin whilst they're waiting!
Lat: 39.679 Long: 73.900
Got a text from Deb today:
"Not been ale to get to any internet places since Prague due to driving times and breakdowns delaying the journey. But OK, if wet with torrential rain for the main part. Coming up to Russia."
Lat: 47.096 Long: 37.579
We drove from Birmingham to Wootton-under-Edge in the rain. We helped load the Landcruisers in the rain. They posed for the team photo in the rain. We said our goodbyes in the rain. They drove off in the rain. We drove back to Birmingham in the rain. Perhaps its to make up for the deserts they've got coming.
Lat: 51.6369 Long: -2.3536
The Roof of the World Expedition involves a group of 8 friends and acquiantances taking two 4x4s overland from England to Mumbai via the Karakoram and the Himalayas. The team depart on 9th July, and hopefully return to the UK on 20th Sept. Hopefully they'll be using this blog to keep family and friends updated as and when they find Internet connectivity on their trip - making blog posts and uploading the odd photo. We 've also asked them to give us the lat/long of their posts as they make them so that we can automatically plot them on Google Maps and Google Earth (follow the Maps links on the top menu). The planned route is already up on both of these systems.
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