After three hours at the Azerbaijan border post we are happy to be on our way!
Welcome to Azerbaijan!
Night falls and we stop at a petrol station for the night. Complimentary chai in awesome spiderman mug!
One of the night shift staff lends us his Lada to sleep in so we don't get rained on!
I curl up in the back with Tigger. Yes, it was surreal!
We get up in the 'morning' but it's still dark.
As dawn breaks we say goodbye to our host for the night.
Another petrol stop which turns into a chai stop. I am a tad weary.
Not the best photo ever - trying to capture the police at yet another checkpoint. Sadly no photographs of the bad ones, or anywhere else on route, as we simply didn't want to stop.
More friendly gas station guys who gave us chai and cake!
Having been defeated by the Turkmenistan embassy, we get a room at the nearest hotel. Very excited by the robe!!
The old town walls in Baku, plus ubiquitous Lada,
James freaked out by rather disturbing statue.
I get my kitten fix for the day!
A common sight in Azerbaijan - bread is considered holy thus can't be thrown away, leaving the locals with a disposal problem, so they hang it at the back of the house...
Walls of the old town, beautifully lit at night.
Stunning buildings everywhere.
While James is looking for customs at the port, this friendly local stops to say hi. Following this, he goes to find James and gives him a lift down the road : )
My keyring from Vix - battered but much loved xxx
Now in customs, the bikes are not allowed back into Azerbaijan. Computer says NO!
The customs area in the port; soon to be our home until a ship decides to dock!
The 'ticket office'. Obviously.
Having dropped our bikes off at the port, we bump into this badass Uzbek.
Unmarked road on right is the entry to the port. Not exactly easy to find.
We'd assumed the rails running across the modern five lane road were no longer in use...
I ponder on just how big the problems need to be before you have a department dedicated to them!?!
Even in Soviet backwater towns, the metro system is impressively grand - although we got severely reprimanded for taking this picture!