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The Travels of

Jacqui and Lars

Central Asia 2002 - The Statistics





-  Tashkent to Tashkent:

-  Tashkent to Ashgabat:

-  Ashgabat to Istanbul

-  Tashkent to Istanbul:

 3,018 kilometers

 2,153 kilometers

 4,807 kilometers

 9,978 kilometers


-  Tashkent to Tashkent:

-  Tashkent to Ashgabat:

-  Ashgabat to Istanbul

-  Tashkent to Istanbul:


  16 days

  15 days

  25 days

  55 days

Modes of Transport:

Dragoman truck, foot, mini-van, taxi, horse, camel, Lada and Volga taxis, train ferry, and hot air balloon.

Major breakdowns:




16 August, 2002 getting to Song Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan

17 August, 2002 leaving Song Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan

18 September, 2002 while looking for a bush camp near Tkibuli Reservoir, Georgia


Cases of Malaria:


National Parks Visited:

4 (see The National Parks)

Highest Point:

Korakichi Pass, near Song Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan (3,240 meters)


Lowest Point:

Aboard the Professor Gül on the Caspian Sea, between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan (28 meters below sea level)


Northernmost Point:

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (N42º52.177' and E074º41.448')


Easternmost Point:

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan (N42º28.375' and E078º24.063')


Southernmost Point:

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (N37º55.750' and E058º23.220')


Westernmost Point:

Istanbul, Turkey (N41º02.449' and E028º59.345')






Longest Time with NO Shower:


4 days and 3 nights (twice):

4 to 7 September, 2002 between Khiva, Uzbekistan and Ashgabat, Turkmenistan when we crossed the Karakum Desert

18 to 21 September, 2002 between Tkibuli and Kutaisi, Georgia when we hiked in the mountains around Shovi


Favorite Food and Drink:


Shashlyk, caviar, vodka and Georgian wine


Most sought after commodity:


Soft toilet paper (rather then the sand paper provided in most hotels, restaurants and shops)


Couples Made:

-  Long(er) term:

-  Short term:

-  Attempts:



Not sure

Two (at least, but some may still become long term)

Not as many as there should have been ....



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