As much as we love chilling out in fancy hotels we are still on a deadline so decided today we were going to go see stuff around Ashgabat and then leave for the door to hell.
As we were driving towards what used to be the largest flagpole in the world, a woman who we had quickly spoke to on the way in 2 days earlier asked us if we needed directions. We said yes and she then took us to the Turkmenbashi statue.
It turns out the mysterious stranger worked for the UN and once had showed us where to go, quickly went and had a word with one of the guards and got us into the statue for free and up to the top floor to take pictures amazing!
We then met up with everyone had a quick bite to eat and then left for the door to hell. I cannot begin to describe to you how hot it was on that drive its mainly desert and temperatures can reach way beyond 45 degrees. All the water we had quickly turned too warm to drink, on the plus side we did see some wild camels and an awesome sunset on the way.
We had been warned about the road leading to the door to hell and how sandy it was and that locals charge you $50 to take you there but despite our best efforts we couldn't get our car there so decided to walk to it.
We finally got there in the end and wow was it worth it, all the long days spent driving, all the issues with the boat and then breaking the car. My first thought was to get as drunk as possible to celebrate the achievement, however i decided not to as this was a place and time i wanted to remember for the rest of my life so we stayed up until the early hours just talking and savouring the moment.