The plan is simply this - to get away from Blighty as quickly as possible. We'll be leaving from the Nadam celebration in Highbury Fields, Islington, London at around 3:30pm on Saturday 11th July 2009. From there we'll head to Dover for a ferry or train across the English Channel to Calais.
|From Calais we'll head down towards Lyon, stopping for the night as far south as we can manage on the first day. From Lyon we'll cross the border into Italy sometime on day two.|
|Our route takes us through Northern Italy. Marco Petranzan has kindly offered us a place to stay for the night on day two, so his hometown of Padova has been a fixture on our map for some time. A stop in Spinea/Venice is also on the cards for the morning of day three.|
|Greece||Just a quick in-and-out to Greece as we pass its border on the way from Bulgaria to Turkey. Checklist tourism at its very worst.|
Looking forward to the khachapuri (cheese pies):
From Batumi on the Black Sea coast, we'll head east via Kutaisi, Gori and Tblisi, and leave Georgia at the Azerbaijani border near Kakheti, Georgia's wine region.
The guide book says simply "visiting Azerbaijan takes imagination and creativity".
Taking the northern route via Saki, we expect to be in Baku sometime between days 8-10. From Baku we'll have to wait until a cargo ferry can take us across the Caspian Sea to Turkmenbashi.
|Turkmenistan||Assuming we can convince the Turkmen authorities that we don't have swine flu, we'll take the silk road down towards Ashgabat and then up towards the Uzbek border at Chardzou.|