“We understanding with a etiquette formalities on a possess premises. That saves several hours during a border. But differently we never unequivocally know what’s to come,” says Ivan, who, like Nikolai, lives only over a limit in Brest, Belarus. The tour goes around Minsk and Moscow towards a Volga. From Samara there is a choice of possibly a eastern track around Astana, a Kazakh capital, and Karaganda to Almaty – or, as on this journey, a southern track towards a Aral Sea and Tashkent, afterwards along a corner of a towering operation to Almaty, and finally on to Khorgas, a gateway to China. The journey: during slightest 5,500 kilometres.