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Reminiscing About Leg 2 – The Turkmenistan to Kyrgyzstan Photo Gallery

Reminiscing About Leg 2 – The Turkmenistan to Kyrgyzstan Photo Gallery

While I’ve been stuck in Tehran (Iran) over the last couple of weeks I’ve had the chance to reminisce about previous sections of the journey. Leg 2 from Turkmenistan to Kyrgyzstan was a fast paced, exciting race against the clock though some of the most beautiful and scenic countries along the Silk Road. At the time I thought this was the toughest part of the journey but on reflection it was one of the easiest sections and...

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The Stans in Summary

The Stans in Summary

It seemed like an age since I got off the ferry in Turkmenbashi and started Leg 2 of the expedition. 45 days had flown by and ‘The Stans’ hadn’t disappointed. The friendliness of the people stands out as the highlight, followed closely but the wonderful scenery and impressive historical sites of the Silk Road. For me it’s always about the people. Everywhere I met the people, they were warm and friendly....

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Tajikistan Part 2 – The Pamir Highway and blagging my way out of the country, again!

Tajikistan Part 2 – The Pamir Highway and blagging my way out of the country, again!

I had strong suspicions that my entry back into Tajikistan wasn’t going to be straight forward. I was wrong. It was too easy. The guards who I had met at length only a week before, had forgotten me. It wasn’t like I was the only tourist entering Afghanistan with his own car at this time of year. Oh wait, that’s right I was. The problem was that, they were not able to give me any of the paperwork that I need to enter...

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Tajikistan Part 1 – Magnificient Mountains, Vodka Based Team Building, Friendly Russians and a Dodgy Border Crossing

Tajikistan Part 1 – Magnificient Mountains, Vodka Based Team Building, Friendly Russians and a Dodgy Border Crossing

I departed Tashkent around 7am hoping to get to the border at Buston early. I’d decided to aim for Iskander Kul which was a couple of hours north of Dushanbe. As long as I passed through the border in a timely fashion I reckoned I could make it before dark. I got to the border and there was only 1 car in front of me. I thought sweet, this will be straight forward. Two hours later I was still waiting as the Uzbek border guards decided...

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