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It’s been a tough week

Thursday, 9th August, 2018 9:17am

Doc Martin and his dad Con are driving from Cork to Mongolia to raise funds for the Cork City Hospitals’ Children’s Club. This is the latest on how they are getting on as they battle their way through Baku and Turkmenbashi:

You’ll be glad to know that we got on the ferry late Sunday afternoon.

We had to wait six hours for it to leave the port in Baku, it was a 12 hour crossing and we were treated to one complementary meal which consisted of dry pasta, pickled gherkin, a leg of a chicken and as much water as we needed.

It was another six hour wait to get off the ferry when we docked in Turkmenbashi, and then the fun started!

Customs took us all another 12 hours to get through in 40 degree heat. We ended up getting pretty desperate for food, dipping bread into an uncooked but still nicely warm can of soup.

The next day we got to Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan when we treated ourselves to a fine meal with two other teams who we had and still are travelling in convoy with.

Joe and Emily, two Americans, are in a Suzuki Wagon, while Alan and John who are two students from Haper Adams University in England, are in a Mazda MX5.

We pushed on from Ashgabat before nightfall and just made it to the ’Doorway to Hell’ - a huge hole in the ground where natural gas was ignited and has been burning for 60 years.

We camped beside the pit and the next morning decided to head north for Uzbekistan.

The road was disastrous. It was a constant change from a normal tarred surface for 500 meters to the next 500 meters having massive potholes and no road surface.

It took a lot of effort and concentration to navigate that journey. It also didn’t help that Joe and Emily had broken down and we had to tow them the whole 300 plus kilometre distance.

We’ve a little over 6,000 miles done and a lot more to do!

All this to raise vital funds for the Cork City Hospitals Children’s Club. If you would like to make a donation please go to

If you would like to see these photos and follow us on our journey you can do so through our social media pages which can be found on

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