I was going to start walking at five in the morning, because I knew I was probably going to have to make 50k today. Only then I decided to sleep until seven, and I left the hotel at eight.
On my way out of town, I stopped at this gentleman’s house:
People in Uzbekistan seem to enjoy gardening, and so did he:
He showed me his courtyard with the traditional outdoor bed for hot days:
And when I said that I liked mulberries, he called his sons and they showed me how they went about to get them:
It only took about ten seconds and we had a whole plate of mulberries:
Knowing that my walking day was going to be rather long, I said good-bye after maybe fifteen minutes and got back on my way.
It felt good to be outside. Hot, yes. But there were some nice things to see:
Mostly it was just hot, though:
When I realized that there was no restaurant anywhere to have lunch in, I got myself some tomatoes and some cherries:
And then I sat down in the shade next to the road, after 30km of walking:
This was how Astrid and Johannes from Germany found me:
They were riding their bikes in the other direction, and they told me that they really liked Turkmenistan: friendly people, easy-going police. Just a bit hot down there apparently.
I felt intrigued.
I had some mulberries on the way:
These people were getting water from a well:
I didn’t. I stuck to bottled water because I was worried about my stomach.
When I arrived in a small town that was supposed to have a hotel, Bakhran told me that I was probably going to be out of luck:
He turned out to be right.
I got some more water and a bottle of ice tea in a shop next to the road:
Then I got a loaf of flat bread from this guy:
And then I sat down here to have dinner:
I munched through a can of corn with my bread, and then I washed it down with ice-tea. Then these guys appeared:
They had tons of questions, but I felt too tired to answer them all.
I walked well into the night:
Set foot onto Bukharan soil at about 9pm:
Crossed a two lane highway that was trying to kill me a half hour later:
And reached the old town at about 10pm:
When I found a hotel, I went straight into the shower, then I sat down on the bed and immediately fell asleep. I woke up in a very confused state about two hours later, brushed my teeth, and went back to sleep.