After a difficult berth and a tough disembarking from the ferry our travellers finally got through border control and are racing through Turkmenistan before their visas run out. There is very limited phone coverage and they are not going to be hanging out in internet cafes so sparse information but they are all fine.
Turkmenistan is nearly as big as Spain, 80% is covered in desert and the centre has a big depression so we wish them safe speed . They will be passing through the towns of Ashgabat and then on to Mary but we know the road there is under construction and takes a minimum of 9 hours.
The previousTurmenistan president Saparmurat Niyazov ruled from the 80s until his sudden death in 2006. His eccentric personality cult has lessened a little and his golden statue no longer rotates to always face the sun. He banned ballet, opera and beards so hopefully are gang have managed to shave and are keeping their batteries and sous-sus to a minimum.