Ashgabat to Bishkek: Overland on the Silk Route
Updated: Jun 19, 2020
We’re off on our travels again! Tomorrow we start on our travels to Turkmenistan for a month-long exploration of the Central Asian part of the Silk Route. We’ll travel overland through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan in various quirky expedition vehicles including jeeps and a Russian bus. At the end, we’ll have a few days R and R in Dubai to recover from the rigours of our travels. Although we’ll be staying in hotels (some of them VERY basic), for one-third of our journey we'll be camping under canvas in tents we erect ourselves. No, this is very much not glamping! As it’s been some 35 years since Cavan and I had camping holidays with the children, this is going to be a challenging experience, necessitating some investment in new, ultralight, equipment in the way of sleeping pads, bags and liners. The requirement to carry such camping equipment seriously constrains the packing space available for other necessities. Choosing suitable clothing is a serious issue when the temperatures range from the high 20’s to lows of about 5 degrees in the high Kyrgyzstan mountains. There are further considerations as well: can I manage without my hairdryer? Will there be room for an epilator? After all, a girl needs a few simple personal maintenance tools to look her best for all those selfies. Then again, after roughing it for four weeks, what will I need for a stay in modern and sophisticated Dubai? We fly from Wellington to Auckland tomorrow and on the 9th we travel to Dubai via a two-hour layover in Guangzhou. If you are interested in following our travels I will be posting ( as often as we are in touch with wifi) a blog of our experiences.