We are now in possession of our Kazakh visas. They have an entry date of June 25th, giving us a definite exit date for China. We can’t enter Kazakhstan before that date and, barring any unforeseen complications, should comfortably reach the border by then.
Finishing our first country, the largest one of the trip, will be a massive psychological boost to the team. Although still some 700-800km away, Kazakhstan seems almost close enough to taste. It will be an entirely different experience – new language, culture, and rules, and I think we will all approach this new stage of our adventure with a mixture of excitement and uncertainty. There are many unknowns, but it’s going to keep life interesting for the next month or so.