Kazakhstan is finally getting closer to jumping on the no-tourist-visa boat (they just started a one-year trial for citizens of a few countries), so between that and Kyrgyzstan's already allowing tourists to enter for 2 months without a visa, travel around Central Asia should get a lot easier.
So here's what I want to do. First, live in Tashkent with an actual employer so they get to sort out the visa. Also, make sure we have a car. Then start on a long adventure through southern Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and the Ferghana Valley.
First, head north to Shymkent and Sayram, then west to Taraz and down into Talas in Kyrgyzstan. Head over to Bishkek, then continue on all around Issyk Kul, then toodle through Central Kyrgyzstan to Osh. Go back into Uzbekistan through the Ferghana Valley, stopping often, and then back home to Tashkent.
Tashkent after Riyadh? Please?