Today was border crossing day into Kazakhstan and our first really cold wet miserable day. And we had the gravel stage from hell 😀 About eight to ten inches of slurry on the road, huge puddles ready to drown low-hanging cars, and it was teeming down! We made it however, which is more than several managed, and only accumulated 4mins of penalties. Gidget drowned twice on the stage so I was also rather wet by the end! The border crossing was much more efficient than into Russia or Mongolia so we arrived in Pavlodar to another mob reception. Which made servicing the car a challenge!
Some footage of the carnage here and here