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 …

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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 …

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 …

The Silk Road

Tashkent, 07.07.2019 The last week was a break from the journey so far. From NYC my girlfriend Kat joined me in Uzbekistan for a week touring the silk road cities around here. We met in Tashkent, and as her luggage got lost by Aeroflot we had to spend the first days shopping clothes. To do …

Testing the mountains

Tashkent, 29.06.2019 Driving south, after crossing the Tian Shan mountain range, several wonderful mountain ranges lied ahead. The road quality around here varied wildly from one moment to the other, and of course the most beautiful spots were connected by the worst roads. The further up, the more remote and wild, the more difficult to …