Several texts and one brief call confirm they have successfully crossed the border and have got to Bokhara in Uzbekistan! They are exhausted but relieved and will try and blog again as soon as they have had some rest and find some wi-fi.
Conditions on the Caspian sea boat were very primitive and to call on the sat phone they had hang precariously outside the boats metal structure to dangle the arial into free air- so a minimum of calls. They berthed in Turkmanbashi at 9 pm tuesday evening and then took till 4 a.m. to disembark and clear the port. After 4 hours sleep they drove 590 km the first day to get to Ashgabat. The following day a curfew at noon was being imposed in the city so they drove on getting to Turkmanbat last night and then successfully crossing the frontier today just ahead of the deadline. They are very pleased to have left; the atmosphere in Turkmenistan was undoubtedly tense.They have many photos and tales to tell and will do so as soon as they can.