The heat is waking us up and we start the next horror trip ... border crossing. Entering the processing area is rather easy, then we are separated as usual. Passport control at the Uzbekistan side is still harmless, but then the customs hit with full strength. First the guy doing the paperwork does not understand that 1300 is a bit less than 1500, then the car analysis. At least this time only a single guy is doing the scan, so I have a chance to keep a watch on him, not to loose any more stuff as at the Turkmenistan border. But this guy is a pro. He finds all our technical equipment and scans mobiles, tablet and PC. Every single photo, every single video. Of course he finds some files which are not conform with his laws (who is interested in these laws when leaving the country?) and forced me to delete everything - not the offending files but everything. And that after two hours of waiting for him to wipe the touchscreens. At least he is now bored enough, not to be interested in the rest of our equipment, so this saves me at least unpacking the car as I had to do at the entry. Pissed off to hell I continue towards the Tajikistan side. Loosing track of Korbi, who still suffers the medication I continue to the Tajikistan side of the border. Over there the processing is much smoother but they did not tell me about Korbi. I saw him last on Uzbekistan side and have no idea where he is. But the force me to go on. No other chance than to leave the border area, where he is waiting outside. Offended by some locals who tried to force some money out of him, we quickly load his bags and hurry off.
Dushanbe - we get to the hostel where many other Ralliers are already waiting and mor to arrive. Back to the internet we learn that the black market at the Uzbekistan border is completely different from the rest of the country, the gave as only about 20% of the regular exchange rate. Finally our own fault for not being informed. Otherwise Tajikistan seems to be quite OK, having a good dinner at a chinese restaurant, sitting together with lots of teams and other people, most of them travelling per bike it is a quite awesome evening. Looking forward to the weekend, when we plan to start the Pamir!