July 4: Happy Independence Day! July 4th marked Dean's first full day in the Kyrgyz Republic.The morning started out overcast and drizzly, which was just what Dean needed after multiple days of 95+ degree weather.
Dean started today at the Aisha Bibi, an 11th century mausoleum that serves as a monument to love and faithfulness. Today marked the end of Dean's first Kazakhstan leg.
July 2 saw Dean run 47 miles (76 kilometers) from Qazygurt to Shymkent, Kazakhstan. For the departure from Qazygurt, Dean was joined by youth and local runners who came out early in the morning to see him off.
Today Dean started the day with a running tour of Tashkent. From there Dean hit the road for a 13-mile run to the border between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan crossing over to be greeted by hundreds of people.
Dean Karnazes participates in a live chat ta Radio ORIAT FM in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.