Great Silk Road Adventure

On 8th April I set off on my Great Silk Road Adventure from Beijing to Istanbul. I will be travelling with seven travel-mad strangers for 7 weeks. Originally all of us were going to visit six countries (China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, and Turkey) but I was informed recently that my application for a formal letter of invitation from the Iranian authorities has been rejected and therefore getting a visa to travel in Iran is impossible. I will therefore leave my fellow travellers near  the Turkmenistan/Iran border and travel instead  to Azerbaijan and Georgia, rejoining the group near the Iran/Turkey border. I will be back at the end of May.