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Siberian Camp

23.08.2010 in Uncategorized

The desert heat has given way to cold, windy Siberia. For the second night after crossing the Russian border, we are camping out in a field a few hundred meters off the main road with the cold wind nipping at the edges of our staked…

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Aral Sea Pan

21.08.2010 in Uncategorized

Drag around this VR panorama of the Aral Sea @ Muynaq.  I will create a higher rez version when I get home, but for now I’m rationing bandwidth, posting this via satellite from our camp ground in the middle of nowhere Kazakhstan

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Wedding Crashers

20.08.2010 in Uncategorized

I couldn’t really say how nice of a town Almaty is since I’ve seen little besides the parking lot of our hotel, but following the the trend that’s been set since Turkmenistan the people have been overwhelmingly nice. First order of business yesterday was to…

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Making Our Last Stan

19.08.2010 in Uncategorized

That “lamb shish” that I “just finished” in my last post?  It was a vile poisoned thing!  Either they rushed it out or the whole kitchen was filthy, because that was the 2nd worst food poisoning incident I’ve had yet. After finishing that post I…

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Aral Sea and The Stans

16.08.2010 in Uncategorized

Waking up early and leaving our desert camp ground at Darvaza, we made for the Uzbek border, filling our fuel tanks both internal and external to full, including some extra 5 liter water bottles, as we’d heard about a gas shortage in Uzbekistan. We made…

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Stuck In The Sand

14.08.2010 in Uncategorized

We are in the middle of the desert in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, hunting for the ghost ships of the Aral Sea near Muynaq. For the first time some locals just gave us some bad directions and we took a wrong turn into the desert. So far…

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Salam Alaykum Turkmenistan

13.08.2010 in Uncategorized

There is a glow a few kilometers to our East. It’s an unmistakable warm orange-red glow of fire, but this fire never goes out. It’s been burning for the past 40 years or so. We are in Darvaza, Turkmenistan, camped out in the middle of…

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Cruising The Caspian

11.08.2010 in Uncategorized

I’m sitting on a rusty old cargo ship on the east coast of the Caspian Sea, waiting for a spot to open up at port for us to dock, watching the sun set. After a few technical difficulties I’ve finally got the sat-modem working. We’re…

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Photos!

09.08.2010 in Uncategorized

Finally, we got some photos up on Flickr. When I get more time I’ll add more tags & frame them on the site w/some comments, but we have to run to Turkmen Consulate. For now, enjoy! http://www.flickr.com/photos/autarken/tags/baatarhero/

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Azerbaijersy Part 1

09.08.2010 in Uncategorized

Our attempt to wake up early and get out of Tbilisi this morning was met with the usual struggle to coordinate 6 people and 3 cars, but after getting some Georgian Lari and a delicious little breakfast in a charming area of downtown Tbilisi, we…

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