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lodewijksarah 28 Jul 2004 17:58

Central Asia in September 2004
 
Anyone in for crossing Iran to Turkmenistan and further through all 'the stans' ? Visit me on www.silk-on-the-road.com

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Lodewijk

seanh 29 Jul 2004 14:21

Yep, i'm in. I'll be there early to mid September. visit me at www.hotkey.net.au/~howmans

vincent danna 29 Jul 2004 15:33

hello
i was there in 2002.
i put some info on my website, have a look :
http://vincent.danna.free.fr/infos/index.html

i give details on each country for biking

(you can translate it from french to english)

have fun, it s real nice there

happy trails


simmo 29 Jul 2004 19:14

Hi Sean, when do you head for Pakistan? Phil is asking what you have been up to. Dont forget to stop at the road house near the Zeplek turn off in Turkmenistan to sign the guest book, and join Vincent, Vicki and Myself.

http://users.netlink.com.au/~asimpson

seanh 4 Aug 2004 14:42

G'day Alec, i've been in Pakistan for a couple of days. Heading north to the Karakorams for a bit, then to Iran. Tell Phil I lost an exhaust pipe and had to fit Enfield pipes - they work fine! Take it easy and i'll keep you posted.
Sean

simmo 4 Aug 2004 16:20

Ah those BMWs!

seanh 23 Sep 2004 14:12

Just got into Turkmenistan after being turned away the first time. Got to the Iran/Turkmenistan border with US$2 in cash and no recourse to funds. The Turkmen wanted US$73 for me and the bike so they sent me back to Iran. Iranian customs wouldn't let the bike back through so i camped the night in the duty free zone and tried again the next day. I was lent money by some Iranian businessmen to get into the country, got some spondoola wired from Australia and everything is fine and dandy. Anyone else around? I'm a bit thirsty after 2 months in Pakistan/Iran.
Cheers,
Sean

lodewijksarah 23 Sep 2004 15:04

Sean,
I changed course and will be in southern Africa enjoying the summer to be back in Asia by April 2005. The Azerbaidjan customs wanted 5000 USD for my bike before getting on the ferry to Kazachstan. They did not get anything. Ah, those uniformed people !

simmo 23 Sep 2004 16:20

Hi Sean!!! you got a bargain..cost me 100us to get into Turkmenistan...recomend the hotel Nissa, everything works and the italian restraunt is fantastic. Check out the freaky building facades and wacky fountains of Ashgabat. Will you be going up to Turkmenabat? are you on a Transit visa? enjoy crossing the Oxus.

alec

seanh 26 Sep 2004 19:40

G'day Alec, in Uzbekistan at the moment, couldn't find the Zelpek turnoff to sign the book, but stayed with the same family in Bukhara that Vincent did 2 years ago. I crossed Turkmenistan almost entirely at night, and i've got kinks in my front wheel to prove it. I think spokes are a better option.
Sean


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