It’s 5.15am and I am just getting to bed. Why? Because I have just had a very enjoyable night hanging out with a French trio, drinking beer and discussing whether people choose to be in the position they are in life, or if their position is the result of things out of their control. Fate verse free choice basically. The three consisted of a couple who I met at the Aktau ferry ticket office, plus another guest at the hostel we chose to stay in. The destination for our in-depth discussion: the back of the couple’s van, which is decked out with a dining table and stove, where we cooked and ate a delicious pasta meal.

The day’s ride went well. Being close to Aktau, I found the motivation to push hard and make it in relatively good time. It was a desperate struggle in the end though, as a headwind did its best to slow me down. I rode straight to the shore of the Caspian Sea, where I found a natural-looking place to take a photo. I then searched for a place with WIFI, finding it in a fast food joint on the main strip, where I treated myself to an awesome burger, chips and coke. My internet search told me where to find the ticket office, and that was where I met Axelle and Damien. I relied on them for information, finding out that the next ferry might be tomorrow, the next day, or the day after. Anytime basically. The office will call Damien when there is a ferry ready. I loaded my bicycle into their van and joined them for a drive to the port, where they registered their vehicle. We then found our home in Keremet Hostel. We had just started consuming the first of many beers out the front of the hostel when we met Tien. So began our big night.

The Caspian Sea!

Accommodation $ Hostel
Distance ridden today 73.28km
Average cycling speed 14.9kph
Total distance ridden 23,047km