Three weeks had already passed since I left home. Today I had an early start. Even though I used repellent, I woke up with several mosquito bites. I headed directly to the port at 8 AM, the most important thing was to get those tickets and then I would figure out what to do. Once there, and after looking for a while to someone around the gates an official showed up. He asked for my passport and told me to wait in an area where more people seemed to have passed the night. Once I was there, we started to communicate with the universal language of signs and universal English words. The main conversation topic was football team, players and my civil status. They were all from Turkmenistan and from what I understood they were telling me they had been waiting for a long time, perhaps days. This was going to be a slow procedure. I had time to kill so as always, I started updating the diaries. While waiting, my new friends started to tell me to install a VPN on my phone if I wanted to be connected in Turkmenistan as they had many Internet restrictions. Good to know, although I wasn’t planning on staying a long time within the country. The transit visa I had only allows for five days on a pre-agreed itinerary which was going to be Turkmenbashi, Ashgabat and Darvaza; two days maximum. After two hours waiting, I got a little impatient and came back to the officer to see what had happened with the staff at the ticket office as nobody had shown up yet. Apparently, they would be coming in a “few more minutes” which I interpreted as easily another couple hours. I was hungry but I was not moving from there until I had my ticket. The Turkmens were also convinced somebody would show up eventually so that gave a boost to my patience. Then the Mongol Rally people started to appear. If I was starting to run out of patience, these guys made it look like nothing. They were camped at the other side of the docks waiting each of them for a different amount of days. According to them, today was going to be the day the boat would be arriving, so they joined me at the queue. I met also a team of Spaniards driving an old-timer Mercedes diesel van. They happened to live close to me in Madrid and it felt nice to reconnect with fellow countrymen. Most of the people by what they were saying had been mislead by false information and many intermediaries. While I was talking to them, I realize I had lost one of the chain tensioners plates at the end of the swingarm. It was not difficult to fix, I just needed to find someone willing to make a new rectangle with an angle grinder and drill it. I would take care of it later. The most likely reason it was the guys in Georgia forgot to tighten the two nuts while changing the rear tyre. Thankfully I didn’t ride the bike on harsh surfaces the last two days. After another hour of waiting a couple of guys came in and we started with the ticket procedure. For the motorcycle I had to pay 95 USD once on board of the vessel. The price to pay now was 125 USD with a credit card and another 20 USD in cash. It was a hard logic to understand but I was not going to discuss, the price seemed fair according to what I had as a reference and I just wanted to get this over with before the bureaucracy could arbitrarily jump to a harder level. I interpreted those 20 USD in cash as a tribute since this was an official institution and the guys knew there would be many foreigners on board these days. The ticket included lunch, dinner and breakfast for the one day of duration and no bed, it was the most basic one. The boat would be departing at 7 PM. Now that the tickets were in my hand and I had plenty of time to kill I headed to the same restaurant of yesterday to have proper breakfast while I thought on how to fix this tensioner problem. For anyone willing to take this ferry I recommend this contact for checking up on updates: https://asco.az/en/our-contacts/kassa/ Alat (Baku) -Kurik +99455 9999 124 This email address was also useful: firstname.lastname@example.org The sea traffic can be monitored using the MarineTraffic portal filtering the RoRo Vessels which can be found in Caravanistan. Some of the vessels: Bestekar Fikret Amirov, Nakchivan, Dagistan, Qara Qarayev, Heydar Aliyev, Mercuri-1, Professor Gul, Barda, Akademik Topchubashov, Shahdag, Azerbaijan, Berkarar, Bagtiyar Akademik Topchubashov, Bagtyyar, Berkarar, Professor Gul, Shahdag were the ones I used to configure free alerts for when these will be arriving at each port. This is the maximum number of RoRos you can add on a free account, but it gives you an idea of the frequency. The whole point is to compliment this intel with what Kurik can tell you and avoid downtimes waiting at the port dying out of uncertainty due to the lack of schedules.