Cycling 12,000 miles from Lisbon to Shanghai
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Day 197 (11/1/10) – Tashkent

We catch the Registan to Tashkent today, an express passenger train that only takes 3.5hrs to get into the capital city. Everything goes smoothly and, despite a feeble attempt by a conductor for a bribe, G plays dumb as a bag of spanners and we even get away with transporting the bikes in our carriage for free. The view enroute is stunning – the snow-capped Fan Mountains look particularly beautiful as the sun disappears below the horizon. Arriving in Tashkent just before 9pm, we now have the task of looking for a hotel in the dark. Luckily the pavements are wide and empty, so we take advantage of this, instead of cycling on the roads. We finally find a room at the Orzu Hotel where we drop our gear off and waste no time getting dinner in the restaurant across the road.