Hurry up and wait, not just an army phrase
Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
109Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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Where I stayed
Most of the day in Cafe City - tonight? Anyone's guess
Had breakfast (tea/chocolate, with a muffin) in a cafe as we have not much at the apartment. Its all moved with the car to the Customs area.
Spent the whole day waiting for a call to say that we are on the ferry. If it comes, it might be that we aare on, or it might be that the oil arrived, and so we arent. But no call either way. Day spent in total nothingness. Went and got a new screw put in Martins glasses, the girl who did it used a pair of pliers and a screwdriver and untold other equipment to insert the screw. At one stage I thought she had arranged for a new screw to me manufactured out of high tensile steel just for us. But eventually she handed over the glasses with a request for 2 Manat, about £1.50. Some things gere are cheaop, some are expensive.
We did some grocery shopping this morning so we have food on the ferry - no idea whether its available or not. Bought a small lump of cheese - 10 manat, about £8
So here we are, 5.30, sitting in a coffee shop. Uploaded yesterdays blog earlier, now we are just filling time until we feel obliged to buy another coffee, to justify using their free wifi.
My feeling is that the ferry wont go until 10, so they'll wait until 6 for the oil, and if its not here by then, we;'ll get a phone call to go. So the later the call comes the better chance we have of getting on. But no-ne knows anything, and its amazing just how little anyone knows. You cant buy Turkmen money here, in a neighbouring country. We havent found anyone who has actually been to TM, apart from a very few (oil people) who flew to Ashgabat, so no-one knows what the roads are like. It could be the other end of the world. Maybe it is
Martin's moribund moment.
I'm suffering from sleeping sickness.Cannot summon up the energy to do anything.Not much sleep last night - I'm worried about the poor running of the car which seems to have descended on it since parked up.Even with what I thought was poor fuel it got us to Baku and nothing has been done on it to have affected it badly,so what is going on?.So as Rog says,the car is in the port and we're part of the cafe society Totally in the dark about when ferry likely to go.I don't share Roger's expectation about timing of departure - I think its a plot to keep us renting apartment.Meanwhile our "agent" in Turkmenistan has appparently sent our escort to meet us at their port.Will we ever meet?
So in the downtime clouds of doubt come down.Will we get out?,how far will we get on the other side? What escape routes are there?
My own feeling is that the next country will be critical.If car stands up to Turkmen we need to make hard decision about our confidence to take on next part of journey where remoteness and quality of roads will be different again.
Apart from Baku it is difficult to convey solitude of recent countries and intrigue caused in local populations which causes inquisitiveness to spill over into intrusiveness.Mainly with Polis.Can be very upsetting.
So There may now be an interlude whilst we travel across the sea or alternatively we may be trapped here for ever.
We've had two weeks on the road and one week parked up and bang on schedule if it all happens in the next two hours.