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We are ‘Sailing’… on the Caspian Sea…

The next morning we left our hotel early to go and see if a ferry was going to leave today, the lady at the ferry counter wasn’t sure, but told us to put our names down on a sheet of paper, which was their ‘first come first served basis’…

We rode back to the hotel in light rain, the first we had seen for months and it felt quite nice, we finished packing our bags…by the time we had finished, got the bags on the bike it was back to sunshine…

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Charlac hotel…

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Turkmenbashi is dominated by this towering hill..

I still wasn’t feeling crash hot, but a lot better than yesterday..
We got back down to the ferry port terminal and was told to wait in the waiting room, a family of girls had been waiting there for two days and were all set up with food and drinks, but the ‘word’ was that the ship would be sailing today.…

We grabbed a bench and stretched out for the day, reading or snoozing…
I sneaked into the old port area, where there was lots of ships being scrapped…
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The toilets were disgusting the worst we have seen on our trip and we have seen many….
They were squat toilets that were full of plastic bottles and overflowing with everything else, I couldn’t handle it and walked around the back of the building to go, the same as everyone else by the looks of it…

Later in the afternoon Arran turned up and was so surprised to see us, his face was a picture… he couldn’t believe we had beaten him there…

Late in the afternoon a ferry docked and unloaded its cargo of freight wagons full of oil from Azerbaijan…
Everybody was getting exited now, it looked like there would be a sailing tonight…

We were told by an Italian couple that had just got off that ferry and they were in the anchored up in the bay area on the ship for two days as it couldn’t dock and the food and water onboard was horrendously expensive and vile, so we stocked up on more supplies..

There was mad rush when the ticket counter opened, there was a lot of confusion, the ‘list’ system was not very good…as there’s only a certain amount of passengers aloud on the ferry, it was clear there were too many people for this crossing…
I managed to get it across to the ticket lady that we put our names on a list early this morning, she then looked down the list and issued our tickets, Arran didn’t have his name down but we told the lady he was part of our group!

There was a couple of nice lady’s that were here before us that didn’t put their names down on the list, but I’m glad to say that I saw them later on the boat…

With our tickets issued we had to sort out getting the bike on board…
We had to ride the bike around from the front to customs after paying a ten-dollar dock fee…
Now we had to go through customs that was a long-winded affair, with no organization at all…
First we were told to go, then called back, twice…none of the customs guys had any idea of what they were doing, it was quite frustrating.

Finally we had to ride the bike up across the gangway that the freight wagons use, and because it was a special gangway, so another ten dollars….

We strapped our bikes down next to the oil freight wagons..

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At 10.00pm we were finally on the ship and shown our cabin, because we were last on the ship with all the messing about with the bike we had the worst pick of the cabins…
There were a lot of trainee young men onboard that could speak pretty good English and were very helpful.
We shared a cabin with Arran, we were then told we were not leaving until the next day as it was too rough at sea…

But at 2.00AM, i heard the anchor being pulled up and were on our way…

The Caspian Sea is the largest inland body of water in the world and accounts for 40 to 44% of the total lacustrine waters of the world…
The Caspian has characteristics common to both seas and lakes. It is often listed as the world’s largest lake, although it is not a freshwater lake.

The guys onboard said this part of the lake is very deep and that Soviet submarines hide here…

We slept well that night and woke up to clear blue skies and flat seas…

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Lots of oil rigs in the distance, in fact dozens of them…

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I wandered down to the engine room and found these guys working on a engine..

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The ship on auto pilot as there was no one on the bridge…

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Our escape route if it goes pear shape…

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Chris slept most of the time in our luxurious cabin…

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This was a Azerbaijan ship from Baku..
The food onboard was expensive and the menu was ever what the cook wanted to cook, Arran had the most greasiest chicken we have seen on this trip, thank god we had some supplies ourselves…
Chris was not well once we started moving, she was throwing up out of out port hole…lol…even though it was calm!
Thats Karma for not giving me sympathy for when i was sick!!!

We were now getting closer to Baku Azerbaijan as the crew were all on their phones now with a signal picked up…

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Huge deck area at top…

The ship dropped anchor right on sunset and we were told we would dock tomorrow….

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Going…

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Going…

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Gone…

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We could see the city from the ship, it looked very modern…

We were quite happy really to spend another night onboard as we wouldn’t find a hotel this late at night…

At around midnight we were woking up to say the ship was docking and get ready, we picked our passports up from the captain who holds them during the crossing for some reason, rode the bike off the ship into the Customs area at around midnight….
Hello Azerbaijan…

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One thought on “We are ‘Sailing’… on the Caspian Sea…

  1. Doesn’t really surprise me that you went into a restricted area to get photos of old boats rusting lol. Nice photo though.
    Poor mum did you not get sea sickness tablets? Mum gets sea sick in the bath so I’m not surprised she got sick on a boat lol.

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