Waiting for Caspian

The Caspian Sea (AzerbaijaniXəzər dəniziPersian: دریای مازندران /دریای خزر‎, Russian: Каспийское море, Kazakh: Каспий теңізі, Turkmen:Hazar deňizi) is the largest enclosed body of water on Earth by area, variously classed as the world’s largest lake or a full-fledged sea. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspian_Sea


Spot the boat competition
















And it appears our intrepid voyagers are seeing rather more of it than they intended.

Simon has called Susan (by satellite phone due to lack of on-board WiFi, or even Turkmenistani mobile phone signal) to explain that they are all well – but are currently waiting for a berth at the port at Turkmenbashi so that they can disembark. They will then subsequently need to rush out of Turkmenistan before their visas expire, possibly limiting the opportunities to update this blog.

Which is pretty much as Bob commented on the earlier post:

“The ship safely arrived Turkmenbashi but apparently was unable to berth (this is common apparently as space is limited). The Bikers are hoping to get off today (26th), making sure that they dont overstay in Turkmenistan will be their next problem as i believe they only have a 5 day visa.

Good luck to them”

We’ll update this when we hear more – if Simon or Dave are not able to themselves. And hopefully let you know they are back on dry land with bikes and the van all accounted for.



Many thanks to Susan!