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…


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…


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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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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Roaming Green Update

08.08.2010 in Uncategorized

Here is a little Roam Green update on the trip so far. As expected, our little Puntos have been performing admirably in the efficiency department. After strapping some skid plates to them in Serbia, they sound like little race cars, but we have been getting…

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Long Road To Tbilisi

08.08.2010 in Uncategorized

When the border guard asked me today what I knew about Georgia, I had to stifle myself from blurting out “Joseph Stalin was born here”. My answer was still honest, “Nothing, but I’d like to learn more”. He smiled and asked me how big Seattle…

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The Russian Dilemma

04.08.2010 in Uncategorized

The past two days have been a roller coaster of emotions and contradictory bureaucratic responses from the Russian Consulate in Istanbul. On Monday, we went down to the Consulate, even though we were still waiting for Kim’s new passport, and explained our situation to them….


It Was Supposed To Be So Easy

02.08.2010 in Uncategorized

We are in Istanbul, at the doorstep of Asia, and we are temporarily stuck… do not leave Europe, do not pass go, do not collect $200. No, we are not in jail (to follow the rest of the Monopoly analogy), but the supposedly “easy” European…


Pushing Onward

28.07.2010 in Uncategorized

We have been pushing hard for 6 days now and have not stopped to post much content. When we arrive in Istanbul today we’ll break for a few days and will have many updates.

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