I'm off too...
Depart home in the early hours of Monday from NW England - down to Dover and Speedferry to Boulogne and on to Brussels that evening. Collect my Tajikistan visa and GBOA permit the following day at the embassy and then meet Mick from Oz and Jens from SW Germany over the next couple of days. It's then off to The Stans and back through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. We leave Mick In Kaz, Jens in Uzbek and the rest of the way on my own.
This site has been invaluable in planning this trip of a lifetime.
I hope to come back wiser!!