The Caucasus

Ikalto, 30.07.2019 The Caucasus mountains divide Europe from Asia between the Black and Caspian seas. Driving back I wanted to check out the mountain range. Unfortunately manmade borders and political issues put up a few restrictions. There is only one border between Russia and Georgia open at the moment, as the two countries are in …

Over the Caspian Sea

Baku, 27.07.2019 In the "posh hotel" the ladies at the reception were very helpful to try to find out about the next ferry to sail. In the end, the info on Caravanistan this time proved to be accurate, incl. the contact to Ilgar, the gentleman that arranges the ferry crossings in Aktau. Once we connected …

Get out

Aktau, 23.07.2019 Ants woke me up in the morning, running over my arms and legs looking for breakfast. After convincing them they were in the wrong spot, I went for breakfast myself. On the way I went to check on the car, now in full daylight, to assess the damage of the last night. The …

Too hot

Bukhara, 20.07.2019 Before taking off this morning, out of caution, I checked the engine oil, that was OK, and the cooling liquid - that was under the minimum! There was no liquid under the car, so no leak, but the tank was very empty. I read the Mini manual, but the geniuses that wrote it …

A very nice try

Dushanbe, 19.07.2019 One of the memories of Eurasia2013 I have been thinking about most in the past years had been the Pamir highway. Six years ago I had passed one of the highest roads in the world, staring from Osh, straight up to the Ak Baital pass at 4.655m and returning through the Wakhan corridor. …

The tunnel of death

Dushanbe, 18.07.2019 When I first saw videos of the so called "tunnel of death", officially the Anzob tunnel, I wondered why I didn't go see it during Eurasia2013. At the time unfortunately there was no time, as the entry into China was on a set date and I had to hold a timeline. After the …

Flying parts

Tashkent, 17.07.2019 The only official BMW dealer in Uzbekistan was unlike the other ones I had found in other countries. There are about 2000 BMWs in the country, 1300 of these "new". The overwhelming majority drive around in Tashkent. I didn't see a single Mini around here. But a lot of the BMWs I had …