Everywhere along the road, in front of the mini-market, or the hair-salon seems nobody cares.
After sixty kilometers we arrive to Merke, here's the border with Kyrgyzstan. We get a last meal with manti (ravioli filled with minced meat and onion, steamed and then fried). Finally we can stop our rush against the clock, in Kyrgizstan we'll have 60 days visa freedom. At the border crossing there's a lot of people, mostly Kyrgyz and Kazakhs who go back and forth but, despite this, the slowness is chronic, it takes an hour to get in the country.
We hope to get some rest beyond the border but no way, the first ATM is located in Kara Balta, 30 kilometers from here, we have no cash so let's ride there.
We arrive at Kara Balta when it's almost dark, nothing to say about the city, negligible, but for the fact of being the home of the Kara-Balta Ore Mining Combine, the biggest uranium mine in Central Asia. The mine was closed in the 90s but the on the site they kept on processing raw material from Kazakhstan until 2005, the massive amount of tailings stored here it's still a serious threat, but not as dangerous as Mailuu Suu. We find a stinking Soviet gastiniza, double room for 400 som (less than six euro). It seems that the room didn't got a decent clean upsince the time of the Union, a giant cockroach welcomes us into our room. We just have to stay covered up in our sleeping bags and hope not to get bites by strange insects.