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December 12th, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,Azerbaijan

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English Summary: A cold, flat day of riding. Rode past the BP Sanqachal Oil Terminal – the beginning of the BTC oil and gas pipelines. Azerbaijan has the worst drivers I have encountered so far. Crazy overtaking manouvers, and general ignoring of road rules and road markings.


Caspian sea beach, near BP Sangachal Oil Terminal, Sangachal, Azerbaijan / BP石油のサンガチャル ターミナルの近くのカスピ海砂浜(アゼルバイジャン、サンガチャル町)


BP Sangachal Oil and Gas Terminal, Sangachal, Azerbaijan / BP石油サンガチャル・ターミナル(アゼルバイジャン、サンガチャル町)

Ancient dirty Baku private oil rigs - Baku, Azerbaijan / 環境を汚染する個人油田掘削施設(アゼルバイジャン、バクー市)


Ancient dirty Baku private oil rigs - Baku, Azerbaijan / 環境を汚染する個人油田掘削施設(アゼルバイジャン、バクー市)

そしてそのBP石油ターミナルはBTC 石油パイプラインの始まりでもあります。このパイプラインはグルジアのテブリシ市経由でバクー市からトルコのセーハン市まで伸びます。パイプラインの上陸するところです。

Where the BTC Pipeline lands into Sangachal, Azerbaijan / BTCパイプラインの上陸するところ(アゼルバイジャン、サンガチャル町)

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Comment by carl w. — December 25, 2006 @ 3:49 am | post a comment

re bottom picture "No man is an Island!" Well it's nice to see someone atleast making a start. Nice to hear your still alive as it seemed like ages since the last post, I was wondering if I should boil the kettle as a mark of respect then declare a 2 mintue silence.

Have a nice Christmas, if you can and welcome to an unwelcoming Europe. It only gets worse from here on in, after a while you'll have to switch your lights off as camoflage. People will try an run you down as they seem to be attracted to them like insects.

Anyway I look forward to posts from places I recognise in the near future. Stay out of trouble, all the best regards from a christmas decorated darkest surrey.

Comment by Todd — January 3, 2007 @ 3:55 am | post a comment

Hey Rob,

Not sure if you remember me but I stopped on the road to chat on the way from Tbilisi to Borjomi. My car was registering -13Deg C without windchill and you were pretty much frozen over. You were after some unfrozen water! Anyhow just wanted to let you know that I caught up with some friends/ colleagues of mine on New Years eve who said to say hello – Dave and Constance Calvin. I believe you stayed with them in Baku. They are mad keen cyclists as well so I am sure you remember them. They spent new years eve up here in Tbilisi with us and I was telling them the story of meeting you…..

Anyhow hi from Dave and Constance and take care mate. Good luck with the European leg.

Cheers, Todd

Comment by Matt Chernishov — January 3, 2007 @ 5:45 pm | post a comment

Rob Thompson.

You are performing what I would consider to be the maddest thing I could ever think of. I'm praying for you brother, just keep on going. Sometimes when things all seem too hard, we just need to turn to God for strength, stand up and keep on going. I believe in you man & I know you can do it. Peace with you. Matt Chernishov.

Comment by Rob Thomson — January 5, 2007 @ 6:02 am | post a comment


Carl, I've got at least a month of cycling in Turkey…these hills are killer

Todd, I do indeed remember you. That water was a life saver. I guess you were on your way to the gas pumping station near the border? I cruised down there before crossing into Turkey. Nice bunch of people there to have a chat to. Unfortunately I didn't get to stay with Dave and Constance – I lost my address book in Azerbaijan, along with their number!

Matt, cheers for the encouragement.

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