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Unye, Turkey to Turkmenistan
Unye proved to be nice and quiet for a good sleep, so we were up at 7am, grabbed a coffee from a nearby shop...and the local doctor carried our coffees over to the car as he wanted to practice his English...random!!
We took off down the road towards the Georgian border at breakneck speed...it was like playing Super Mario cart, weaving in and out of the traffic. Definitely driving like locals now I tell ya !!
The Turkey-Georgian ...
... was really nice and wouldn't let us pay for our lunch. We carried on driving until we found a quarry to bush camp at. There was a small river running down along it so while cook group got to work on dinner the rest of us went down to the water and had a quick cold dip. We set out early at 6am the next morning as we had a long drive to the capital Baku and had heard the traffic there was some of the worst in the world. We were also trying to get in there by midday so we could make it to ...
18 May to ...
After a reasonably long drive day, on roads which I thought might be better, we arrived at some mud volcanoes which are about 60km outside Baku.
What a change in scenery over the drive! We went from arable farm land to dust and scrub... and oil wells/processing plants. It was more the scenery I expected from Azerbaijan.
The mud volcanoes themselves were only about 8 foot/2.5m tall at their highest and the ...
... at the beginning and then we saw dried fruit, nuts and herbs. Trish bought some hazelnuts and I ended up getting more dried fruit - some apricots and some apples that I thought were figs. I also bought two each of two different kinds of persimmons because Trish and I had been eying them for a long time on the trees that we passed in the bus.
We went through quite a few rows of produce - beautiful pale yellow, ...
... and my worry was only heightened by the hilarious sign that waves you good bye from Georgia, which says “Azerbaijan Border, Good Luck”. My fears were virtually immediately confirmed because the first Azerbaijan border guard instructed me to get off my bike in a rather officious tone. However, he only proceeded to ask me if he could get on my “BMV” and have his picture taken, which I thought wise to oblige! The rest of the border was just as effortless and ...
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