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Leaving Turkmenistan

Our plan is to take a ferry to Baku in Azerbaijan, but there are a number of variables with the ferry timetable – if there is any wind the ship can’t sail because of the shallow channel, if there are not enough trucks then it will wait until there is to make the trip economic, […]

Ashgabat > Turkmenbashi 599km

A long riding day today (for us) but the road was very good.  We have become used to 45 degree temps but today we had a first – hail! – yes, yes we did!  Hail in the desert!  We had just pulled into a café for coffee and the rain just bucketed down very heavy […]

Mary > Ashgabat 366km

Flat road again today through mostly desert, good pavement, very hot another 45 degree day. The Russian cryllic alphabet is no longer used here, (it changed in 2006 I think), so the letters are more familiar with added dots, flicks and squiggles. Petrol is very cheap in Turkmenistan but we were surprised at the lack […]

Bukhara > Mary, Turkmenistan 384km

Packing up the bikes on the street outside our hotel, we really have this down to an efficient quick system.  That’s a 4″ deep drain running down the middle of the street. We left Bukhara at 7:30 and got to the border about 9:00 – it took us about an hour to get out of […]