Turkmenistan - late June 2010
Was going to join the group going across Turkmenistan with the help of Stantours ala this thread http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...a-2010-a-45032
but I couldn't make the dates work. Went so far as getting the TM and UZ LOIs and a deposit for that trip, but after seeing that it wasn't going to work for me, I was just going to try to go on a transit permit a couple of weeks later. David from Stantours felt that I might have trouble getting a transit permit after having obtained (and not used) an LOI, so he and I just set up another trip.
Plans are to have someone from his office waiting in Turkmenbashi when I arrive by ferry on June 24th to help sort out the visa stuff, then start out the next day. Will head to Ashgabat and from there, either north to UZ via overnight at Darvaza or east through Merv and Farab. Route is flexible at this point and depends a bit on if there are any other takers. Looks like about 5-6 days in TM altogether.
Would be great to ride with others, so if interested in joining, please PM me... or if you're REALLY interested, it's probably more important that you contact David at Stantours as he can give you all the important details. It seems like a good way to solve a lot of the TM issues... which is why I was originally interested in joining the other group.
In any event, I'll be watching for a bunch of ya in the 'stans. If you see a '75 BMW R60, and an old guy with an orange jacket, that'd be me.
In Bulgaria now, into Turkey tomorrow. I've been out 45 days now... rain every day.
Have a good summer everyone!