Cattle, Camels & Cobras
The total distance today was a mere 118km, straight down the highway to a beautiful, rustic, scenic desert camp. A canal (who will help us when the mosquitoes swarm at dark tonight?) on one side and a police checkpoint on the other. Someone has informed the local authorities that we have arrived! There were police cars everywhere. I think each rider had their own police vehicle shadowing them down the highway this morning. It doesn’t take the Silk Route crew long to burn out 118km. The first riders were in camp by 11! Other riders ambled in at a leisurely pace, with most opting for local cafes (we are about 5km from the town of Tejen) and the top of the support trucks to while away the hours rather than braving the campsite where there is an ambundance of frogs…and we all know what that means – snakes!!! Hans, delightfully lovely and knowledgeable about almost anything, is hoping for a glimpse of wildlife other than cattle, goats, camels and dogs. According to Oleg, our Turkmeni support, this is cobra territory! A nice tailwind and flat terrain meant for yet another cushy day, although the road is bumpy enough to make the road cycle folks wish they had some sort of suspension. Just three days of riding and by tomorrow we will be in the town of Mary and another REST DAY!!!!