Travel reports from Turkmenistan

By bike through the Turkmen desert

Wind, potholes and a touch of Zen

The conditions were simple: the xenophobic Turkmen government granted me the grace period of five days in the form of a so-called transit visa, with which I was allowed to cycle through the country from Iran to Uzbekistan without the travel guide needed for longer stays. Five days for nearly 500 kilometers - that sounded quite feasible given my usual daily average of 100 kilometers; I would not have headwind for five days, I thought.