I arrived at the ferry port around lunchtime and after a few wrong turns and lots of people pointing me in different directions, I found my way to the right cabin to pick up my ferry ticket and was chuffed to hear the ferry was due to leave that evening. Also waiting for the ferry was two German brothers, Johannes and Tobi, who are cycling to Kyrgyzstan and also an Albanian motorcyclist who was waiting for a boat to Turkmenistan. At around 11pm we got onto the boat and I was asleep before the ferry left the shores of Azerbaijan. The ferry took about 24 hours to cross the Caspian Sea and the time flew by. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all included on the ticket and you were free to roam round the boat in between feeding and naps! Myself, Johannes and Tobi were the only tourists on the boat, along with a large number of truck drivers from across Central Asia. The common language is mostly Russian, although unfortunately I really don’t know much, although they were all interested in our trips and it became quite comical seeing the expressions on their faces when I explained I was cycling alone! We arrived in Kazakhstan at about 1am but it took quite a while to get through passport control and customs which tends to involve a large number of passport checks and packing your bike to then unpack and put all the bags through the X-ray machines. It was 2.30am when we got through to the ferry terminal, although once we realised there was free WiFi, all three of us were stationary for about an hour catching up and downloading some final things. At 3.30am we finally cut the WiFi link and cycled 10mins into the night to pitch our tents for a couple of hours until the sun rose. Myself, Johannes and Tobi were travelling in the same direction and decided to set off together and see how the next couple of days worked out.
I hope to have the next video out tomorrow about my week in Kazakhstan.