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While I’ve been stuck in Tehran (Iran) over the last couple of weeks I’ve had the chance to reminisce about previous sections of the journey. Leg 2 from Turkmenistan to Kyrgyzstan was a fast paced, exciting race against the clock though some of the most beautiful and scenic countries along the Silk Road. At the time I thought this was the toughest part of the journey but on reflection it was one of the easiest sections and certainly one of the most rewarding.

If you are new to the blog or just fancy spending a few minutes exploring Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan or Kyrgyzstan, just click on the links below to view the photo galleries for each country.

Here are a few photos to wet the appetite.

Turkmenistan

I was blown away by the entrance into Ashgabat. I didn’t know anything about this city so finding this huge Las Vegas styled city in the middle of the desert was a massive surprise.

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The White Pearl of Central Asia (Ashgabat, Turkmenistan)

Uzbekistan

Registan Square is the central point of the fantastic architecture in Samarkand. I joined the masses for a day walking around the old buildings.

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Registan Square in Samarkand (Uzbekistan)

Tajikistan

My last night in Tajikistan was spent camping beside Karakol lake. Many of the locals came to visit and say hello. After they had gone Kiwi Ted and I sat down and watched the sunset across the lake.

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Watching the sunset with Kiwi Ted (Karakol, Tajikistan)

Afghanistan

While I was in Sarhad-e-Broghil I had these three new buddies constantly keeping my entertained at my guest house. They always had these amazing smiles on their faces. This is one of my favourite photos from the entire expedition.

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My new Wahki buddies at Sarhad-e-Broghil (Afghanistan)

Kyrgyzstan

This was my first encounter with snow on the journey and it was in June in the summer. I hate to think what this area is like in winter.

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Mountain pass on the way to Naryn (Kyrgyzstan)