18. May 2000, Ashgabad to Turkmenabat (Chardzhou)
The route today at the beginning is much more populated and greener than the parts of Turkmenistan we saw two days ago. Still most of it seems to be nothing but irrigated desert and oasis areas next to rivers: there is sand everywhere. The second part is a real desert and we drive through a desert nature reserve to finally arrive in Chardzhou. We measure a reasonable temperature of 39.6°C outside.
Overall 37 minutes penalty