Tonight Chris, Domenic and Laurence arrived at the Turkish border just outside Batumi in Georgia.
It was here that something incredible happened. Chris got phone signal on his mobile. Something that hasn’t occurred since they crossed the Afghanistan border.
He called home and the team all had a quick chat with Nancy. It was quick, even though Chris took to Twitter to exaggerate the length of the phone call and how many hind legs were missing off Turkish Mules. They also made their home coming requests. None of them were to odd so UKHQ are on it.
Comms have been weird on the journey so far. It’s funny to complain really, when you consider the deserts and places K2K have been. The satellite phone sounded like the coolest thing on earth when Chris called UKHQ to say he had purchased one so we could all stay in touch. By now though, when the phone goes and it says ‘BAT PHONE’ there is a moment of initial excitement followed quickly by annoyance. Satellite phones are not cool. They make weird noises. They are temperamental. They don’t deliver important text messages and they cut off just when you are about to get the answer to a very important question.
Whatsapp has been amazing. You wouldn’t believe the places that you can find Wifi spots whilst crossing deserts. Suddenly out of nowhere a little haven of food, water and wifi will appear.
Definitely the most reliable way of communicating has been Whatsapp. Oh and Viber. Viber is fantastic for making calls if you have Wifi. Better than the Sat Phone, not quite as good as the actual phone. Anyway, there is a little advice from an experienced team!
Tonight they will cross into Turkey and then start a 2/3 day ride along The Black Sea (There was some debate on the legitimacy of this sea after the Caspian, but we have decided it probably is a real sea) to reach Istanbul.
Good luck guys!!
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