Monthly Archives: August 2013


Day 32 – The Start of the Pamir Highway

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After stocking up on instant noodles at a local supermarket we headed off to Kharugh the first and only major Tajik town on the pamir. We had no idea what we were in for. The roads started off well but gradually became worse and worse. As the road wound up through the mountains we were [...]


Day 31 – The Road to Tajikistan

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After changing wheels on the Germans car we set off for Tajikistan, Instead of going all the way down to Termiz and back up we cut accross at Baysun to save ourselves some time. The terrain in this part of Uzbekistan was nothing short of epic! We went through a few military checkpoints with no [...]


Day 30 – Samarkand

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Another hard drive today to get to Samarkand as the Uzbek roads really arn’t up to much. We headed off in the morning without the Aussies who wanted to stay another day, they had however said they would catch us up in Dushanbe. Hostilities had escalated by this point between the Germans and ourselves as [...]


Day 29 – Uzbek Border and Bukhara

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So at the Turkmen border we found out that our Car Visas (given to us on entry) expired before our actual visas and had to pay $40 per team. Great. The Uzbek border was slightly better in that we didnt have to pay anything. Everyones temperature was taken however to check you are healthy. Phil [...]


Day 28 – Towards the Uzbek Border

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Today we drove hard towards the Uzbek border as our visas were running out of time. We hit Turkmenabat (the border town) just as the light was fading. Once we got out of Turkmenabat we had to cross a bridge. And pay to cross it. And pay more because we were white. Whiteman tax, my [...]


Day 27 – A Parting of Ways & the Gates of Hell

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So we all woke up with horrible shits. It was bound to happen at some point though. We headed into Ashgabat for supplies and to try and get the Canadians Visa Extended as they only had 1 more day to leave the country which meant they would not be able to make the firepit. After [...]


Day 26 – Ashgabat & Ali’s Hospitality

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So we managed to arrive in Ashgabat in the early afternoon. And the first hotel we found wanted over 100 dollars per room so we set off to find somewhere else. We stopped by a local market to pickup water and food, some of the team members headed to a nearby internet cafe to try [...]


Day 25 – The Road to Ashgabat

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Turkmenistan is really one of a kind. The people are without doubt the friendliest we have ever met. Everyone waves, beeps their horn or flashes their lights at you and when you wave back they have the biggest smiles with the most gold teeth!. The roads however leave something to be desired. Horrendous doesnt even [...]


Day 24 – The final day on the ferry!

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Finally at about 5 o’clock we got the call that the ferry was going to dock! It slowly meandered its way into the decrepit port of Turkmenbashi and we were off the ferry by about 10 o’clock. Customs time.   You have never seen anything like Turkmen Customs. Ever. In your entire life. And you [...]