The first thing I saw in the morning when I got back on the road was this restaurant in the desert:
Then two guys stopped their car and asked for a photo:
I particularly liked the hat.
Walking sucked, though. My little toes had been squashed by my leather shoes, and my other pair of shoes was damaged at the right heel. So I was hurting.
Maybe that’s why this Let’s Walk video turned out to be so angry:
The road was hot and long:
I didn’t know what this road sign was supposed to tell anyone, but I figured it was probably making fun of me:
“Watch your feet!” Or something like that.
I limped along for a few hours, and I felt very relieved when I finally saw the lunch camp that my guide Shukur and my driver Gödzh had set up:
We even had shade! Real shade:
I spread my bamboo mat out on the floor and collapsed on top of it. But I had not yet found a position that didn’t hurt when this gentleman appeared out of nowhere:
He had stopped his car in order to give me a bag of candy:
It was becoming increasingly clear that the people of Turkmenistan were really nice.
We had lunch, and then I found a position in which I could rest without being in too much pain:
Feet up, that’s the secret.
But I had to change something about my walking game. Both the leather shoes and my synthetic shoes were pure torture for my feet. So in the end I chose the silly option and walked the rest of the day in my flipflops:
It fucking sucked. But it didn’t hurt as bad as walking in my shoes. At least not yet.
I felt ridiculous though. You know flipflops are called flipflops because of the flapping sound they make, right? So here I was, in the Turkmen desert, walking around to the sound of flap-flap-flap:
There was sand all around:
And apparently, there were lots of camels, too:
I made it to our night camp somehow, and when I got there, the fire was already going, and dinner was almost ready:
So the world didn’t really look that bad anymore.
Until I found her:
Remember my friend Priscilla from a few weeks earlier? Well, this one was A LOT bigger, and she moved A LOT faster, and she had eyes that reflected my flashlight. What the fuck, I thought, what the actual fuck?
Here’s a little video that recaps the day:
The night was beautiful, though:
The Longest Way had come to the stars.