So, up until last week, everything was running like a charm, a dream, a horse that just wanted to win.
That was last week.
This week, we got the news about the visa situation in Iran will mean we will not be going that way. Yup, sad but true.
What options does this leave us with? Well, a few.
No matter what route we take, we have to get “past” the Caspian sea.
One option is the boat from Azerbaijan, to Turkmenistan. Not happening,
Another is driving turkey > Georgia > Russia. That border … really? No.
The third is ditching the southern route for the start of our travels, so go “past” Caspian sea north, going by Moldovia > Ukraine > Russia, and then down to Uzbekistan, and pick up where we was supposed to be.
We went with option 3.
Mainly since 1 and 2 are too scetchy, and could set us back 1-2 weeks if we’re unlucky.
So, we’re playing it “safe”, and opted for the Ukraine :)
Sad to see Iran go, but it looks like Iran didn’t love us anyways. Damn Iran.
This means we’re in the middle of re-applying for visas and shit (due to some double entries, and some change of dates), but all will be good before we leave … we hope! :) If nothing else, we discovered that one team member (who shall remain nameless) had not even started the work on the visa process due to missing payment, so we got that sorted out (PHWEW!!).
Anyways, now you know what’s been going on over at Team Venture! :)