Navigating and Driving in Central Asia

Navigating in Central Asia is a challenge. As soon as we drove across the border into Georgia (from Turkey), the road rules seemed to change. In fact, the road rules seem to fly completely out the window. Hello Mongol Rally, is this what we have to look forward to?

Turkey, in comparison with Georgia, was orderly. The cars drove the same way we do in North America. There are lanes on the road for traffic, and the cars stay in their own lane. I know, you’re thinking ‘Why is she even talking about this stuff?’. I’ll tell you why!

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Stop in Turkmenistan or Fly to Kazakhstan?

When you’re in the middle of an intense adventure, and your gut says something is wrong. Do you follow your gut, or ignore it?

I realize it sounds as though I am in the throes of having to make a big decision, but, truth be told, I already made it; my question is more of a delayed query.

Are you confused? I don’t blame you, in some ways, I am still confused. Allow me to backtrack a wee bit.

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The Turkmenistan Visa Battle in Istanbul

Our weekend in Istanbul has been good. I had a chance to meet with a couple Mongol Rally teams, hang-out with Charlie and Sherry, and find a way to have some alone time. The latter being the most important part of my journey so far – aside from trying to secure my Turkmenistan visa.

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