Charjou, Turkmenistan
Date: Lodging: Distance: Total:
10/03/1999 Hotel Ama-Darya 688 KM 11704 KM

Inside Bibi-Khanym Mosque – local lure says any woman who climbs under this stone will have lots of children.

A young girl we photographed in Nebit Dag, which means "oil mountain".

A friendly cat turned her nose to our remaining greasy breakfast in Nebit Dag.

Everyone wants to be photographed with our yellow super-car. This lady cooked us lunch on the road to Ashgabat.

Young boys love the camera and jockey for position in our photograph.

A young lady we met on the way to Ashgabat.

Watch out for camels!

In ancient Merv, a desert oasis and a Silk Road staging post (in front of the Sultan Sanjar mausoleum)

In Merv is Sultan Sanjar's mausoleum, built in 1157. This structure is 38 meters high with three-meter thick walls, allowing the mausoleum to survive when almost everything else crumbled over time.

10 March 1999 - Once in Charjou - stayed in the best hotel in town, which was an absolute dump. Peace Corp living there, but still atrocious. Dinner at Lebab was surprisingly delicious. White linen tablecloths and napkins. Service exceptional by a Ukrainian woman, Giselle, who had such a graceful manner. We started the meal with cucumbers, tomatoes and marinated mushrooms. Then we had a beef stew with potatoes and carrots. Then we had lamb, mushrooms and onions in a cheese soufflé. I had beer while Jim and Sergei (our fantastic Russian translator) drank vodka. We drank green tea afterwards.


  Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan (Jim)
  The city of Charjou (Jim and Paige)
  The ancient city if Merv (Jim and Paige)
  The city of Mary (Jim and Paige)