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Yurts, Kyrgyzstan

August 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Yurts, Kyrgyzstan, originally uploaded by desertaxi.

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Swimming in Lake Toktogul, Kyrgyzstan

August 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Swimming in Lake Toktogul, Kyrgyzstan, originally uploaded by desertaxi.

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Catfish and Kyrgyzstan

August 8th, 2008 · 3 Comments

We spent most of the 7th sightseeing in Samarkand the beautiful but unfortunately also the beleaguered. Beleaguered by tourists in sensible shoes and 3/4 length trousers, we took the decision to move on to the Kyrgyz border via Tashkent and Andijan. We were reliably informed that Tashkent had little to offer the casual visitor and [...]

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Max and Ed in recently acquired Soviet fighter pilot hats

August 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Max and Ed in recently acquired Soviet fighter pilot hats, originally uploaded by desertaxi.

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Hot shower and marmite in Samarqand

August 6th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Ed has called in to report a good and interesting rest day in Bukhara with locals full of the explosions that happened on 10 July (www.wikio.com/video/314149) .  The official report is apparently economical with the truth. (search on ‘explosion bukhara’ and see the local blogs).  They have now moved to Samarqand and are in a hotel [...]

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Bukhara from the Minaret of death

August 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Bukhara from the Minaret of death, originally uploaded by desertaxi.

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Things that go bump in the night

August 4th, 2008 · 6 Comments

We know them first hand. But here’s how we got to that. The taxi does not like 50C temperatures (that would be 135 degrees) in the Karokum Desert -and neither do we, so we decided to drive across our second desert at night.  That would be a 646 kilometer journey which was supposed to take [...]

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Walker behind the wheel

August 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Walker behind the wheel, originally uploaded by desertaxi.

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The Kindness (and madness) of strangers

August 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

The long wait for the sun to rise and the border to open was whiled away exchanging cups of Earl Grey for our first of many cups of Iranian brew with the locals. Once the chief of border control had had his cup of tea the gates slowly trundled open, and so with hasty goodbyes [...]

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Diligent Irainian Officals Reveal Our Taxi maybe stolen.

August 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

It seemed like an ordinary border crossing  when the Iranian Customs official holding our Carnet de Passage, that lists all our vehicle numbers, came out to inspect our Taxi. After all we were not worried, we had  crossed twenty two borders without a problem. We opened the bonnet, he knelt down and said "The chassis [...]

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August 1 update

August 1st, 2008 · 3 Comments

The boys have been swimming in the Caspain Sea and will spend tonight in Quchan 100km south of Turkmenistan where Jimmy awaits.  Jimmy awaits with a surprise. Apparently his visa is a tourist visa not a transit visa.  He has been told he has to have an official escort.  How will the boys react?

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Three more photos

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

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Max

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

Max, originally uploaded by desertaxi.

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A phone call from an archaeological site

July 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Ed has just called in from an untouched archaeological site just off the road from Tehran to Esfahan.  He hoped that his father, who graduated some decades ago in classical archaeology, might know where they were: describing a walled town, with granaries, ovens, and working water mills and pottery lying everywhere.   The only advice the [...]

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Tactical setback –

July 28th, 2008 · No Comments

A usually reliable source reports that a TDT member has lost his wallet with his credit card and all his cash at a petrol station in Tabriz. While the errant team members name is being withheld in the sake of team harmony, the incident apparently occured while the unnamed individual was outside the car switching [...]

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A loss and a detour

July 27th, 2008 · 6 Comments

A usually reliable source  (his mother)  reports that a TDT member has lost his wallet with his credit card, driving licence and $18, at a  lay-by on the road between Tabriz and Tehran. It apparently  fell out of his pocket while he was outside the car, switching seats. However, it’s also been learned that the shortfall will soon [...]

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Left Tabriz, now in Teheran

July 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Iran is wonderful. The people are so kind interested and helpful. Bought 30 litres of diesel for 28 p. In Tehran going to dinner with someone we met at a fruit stand. Amazing people we love it here.

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Speeding

July 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Speeding, originally uploaded by desertaxi. Stopped for speeding fine in Turkey a passing Iranian stopped on his way to Tehran to negotiate a charity discount.

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Belgrade to Istanbul: Storms, bumps, brıbes and baths

July 23rd, 2008 · 6 Comments

We left Belgrade at 1700 yesterday afternoon, well rested and well fed wıth high hopes for the slog ahead. As soon as we started the engıne ıt started to raın. Thıs raın was to contınue for the next 300 mıles and ten hours, makıng for some quıte ınterestıng drıvıng consıderıng the complete lack of regard [...]

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Storm above Belgrade

July 22nd, 2008 · 5 Comments

Storm above Belgrade, originally uploaded by desertaxi. Having been consistently forced into the hard shoulder by lunatic Serb drivers we decided to stay there at the old girl’s lolloping pace, not in too much of a hurry to get to the storm in Belgrade.

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