Baku to Turkmenbashi Ferry I thought I'd through in my $.02 about the Baku-Turkmenbashi ferry as I've received many PM's, emails, etc. about this.The B-T ferry is a rail car ferry primarily and takes on passengers and vehicles(including trucks), space allowing. It leaves on a scheduled based on when the rail cars are loaded onto the ferry and on some occasions, can leave sometimes 2-3 times a day. Once a day is the norm though and ask the Customs guys there info about the departure times and rail car loading to best gauge things. There is a similar ferry to Aqtau(Kazakhstan) ...Read More

Hi Salva2 options exist for Turkmenistan;FIRST : 'official tour' which requires 'loi' and requires participation of the tour. This is the option we chose, tour & loi came via David at StanTours (who is excellent). Using this option meant we had an emailed copy of our loi and then when we arrived at Turkmenistan port of entry we were there issued with our standard tourist visa (the visa matched in length the number of days the tour lasts, which in our case was 5 days).SECOND OPTION : 'Transit Visa' Using this option avoids the 'loi' and the 'official tour' thus ...Read More

I started reading Geoff Thomas' blog. Poor Circulation is the name. I don't know where he got it from but here is the story he told the Iron Tigers in Vladivostok on a Vodka Night. Asil was a Turkish boy with two passions in life; Motorcycles and Travelling. After finishing college, disillusioned with his lot in Turkey and the prospect of completing his National Service in the army, he packed his motorcycle with all of his belongings and began his journey. He travelled all across Europe, through North and South America, … down into the centre of Africa and eventually into ...Read More

In theory you need a paper & stamp for every night you're there .. usually you can get the next hotel to include the camping days in their registration.We took all the slips out of our passports before we got to the border. NO ONE askesd for anything about registration, so we're thinking it's just another way for tourists to spend their money there. Read More

As time passes, and the route becomes somewhat clear, the countries and visa requirements are determined. I'll need to have a flexible entry-exit date for each country I'm going to apply for a visa. So far, the list is as follows:United States (Greencard) United Kingdom (Visa) France (Schengen) Switzerland (Schengen) Liechtenstein (Visa) Austria (Schengen) Slovenia (Schengen) Croatia (Passport) Bosnia and Herzegovina (Passport) Montenegro (Visa) Albania (Passport) Macedonia (Passport) Greece (Schengen) Turkey (Passport) Georgia (Passport) Azerbaijan (Visa) Turkmenistan (Visa) Uzbekistan (Visa) Tajikistan (Visa) (Can be bypassed) Kyrgyzstan (Passport) Kazakhstan (Passport) Russia (Visa) Mongolia (Visa) Russia (Visa) South Korea (Passport) Read More

There is a separation. There are two separate reasons/effects of my behavior. One is being out there. The other is not being here. Being out there is OK; at least understandable. Exciting, new etc... It's also normal. The other one is not as easy.I had a bad day today. I've been through these thoughts many times. It always comes down to this; I don't have a story. I did not write my story. I've purposely, always stayed away from my own story. When I had to write something, I kept myself out of it. I never allowed myself to become ...Read More

I have finally received the Mino HD. The video is surprisingly impressive. I like the possibilities it creates. I already mounted the action mount to my helmet. A RAM Mount is in order and soon I'll be recording videos from my helmet and handlebar during the ride. I had a weird issue with the battery today. It wasn't charging from the ac outlet and the car adapter. I had to reset the device and use the computer USB. I need to test this again. It may be a temporary issue with the plug I was using.Here is some other good ...Read More