Another morning, another embassy trip. Having got all my paperwork and payment sorted yesterday, my trip to the Iranian embassy was very short. No one else was there so I was let in straight away and spent just one minute inside handing over my stuff and having it checked over. I was told to come back tomorrow to pick up my passport, but I asked if it might be ready today. ‘Come back at 6pm’, I was told. Back at home I spent much of my day planning my time in Turkmenistan – you need to say exactly what dates you plan on arriving and leaving and you are tied to these dates –  and preparing a letter of intent as part of my transit visa application. I expect to be in Dushanbe for the next couple of weeks and then, if I am lucky enough to get the Turkmenistan visa (which is thought to be a 50/50 chance), I will spend about ten days in Uzbekistan and then five days in Turkmenistan before reaching Iran. With such an expensive visa fee (150 euros), I really want to focus time and attention on getting to know Iran and am happy to sacrifice time in Uzbekistan for this purpose.

I also spent time editing the video for Vero and washing clothes and camping gear. In the evening I raced to the Iranian Embassy and picked up my passport, complete with a new visa as promised. I bumped into Dorothea there and we worked out we will see each other yet again tomorrow morning at the Turkmenistan Embassy. At home I lay in a hammock until dinner was ready, realising it is the first time since I arrived in Dushanbe that I have stopped moving for just a few minutes. After submitting my visa application at the Turkmenistan Embassy tomorrow, I expect I will finally be able to relax properly and start recuperating from the general exhaustion that has gripped me.

Reunion with Etienne and Mathilde

Accommodation Vero’s
Distance ridden today 0km
Total distance ridden 20,875km