Rebagging after getting a lift through the Anzob tunnel – glad we did as it was 5km of pitch black, smog-filled, pot-holed and puddle-filled road. not good to cycle!
Cycling towards the mountains, soon after entering Tajikistan
No the driver did not have an accident – this is the local car-wash!
Part of the Registan in Samarqand
Cycling with a road construction worker en route from Bukhara to Samarqand – this guy had a 25km commute each way to work on a rickety old bike, we kept him company on his way
Sheep holding up the traffic on the M34 in Uzbekistan – not the usual cause of a motorway traffic jam back home!
Gur Emir mausoleum in Samarqand
Cute kids in the great homestay we had shortly after leaving Bukhara
The whole family that we stayed with
Cat and Adam, two aussie cyclists cycling from London to Melbourne, who we met in Bukhara
Water jugs for sale in Bukhara – you see jugs like this all over Central Asia, they are used to hold water for washing your hands in restaurants etc
Sunrise in the Turkmenistan desert
Dean not looking happy at having to get up at 4am!
sunset in the desert
watch out for camels!
Turkmen woman who lives in the desert – crazy place to live – 50c every day, no running water etc. hard way of life.
Friendly family that we met while having a well deserved cold drink in the desert
Gold teeth are the norm here, for young as well as old people
Some mongol ralliers that we met on the road
View through the windscreen of the truck that took us to Mary after Pete’s bike broke
Hitching after Pete’s bike broke 70km out of Ashgabat
Desert sunrise – beautiful
Not looking particularly wonderful, but hey it was 5am and I had just been camping in the desert
Looking towards Iran from the Turkmenistan desert
Busy market in Ashgabat
A swimming pool that we can swim in, at the same time and without Christine wearing full hijab! very welcome in 50c heat.
The grotty flats that Ashgabat residents live in – very different to the gleaming white but empty buildings in the centre of the city
The Ruhnama museum – the Ruhnama is a book written by the late dictator of Turkmenistan, which gives an ‘interesting’ version of the history of the country, as well as advice on how Turkmen should live and the morals they should have etc. Think Mao’s little red book. It is required reading for all Turkmen.