On November 13, 2018, I flew from Denver to Chicago where I claimed my bags and re-checked them with Turkish Airlines. I also met Mel, another hunter from Minneapolis going on the same hunt. We boarded a Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul. Turkish Airlines was great and the first class seats and food were the best I have ever experienced. After a shower and snacks/drinks at the Turkish Airlines lounge, I boarded the four hour flight to Dushanbe. This flight arrived at 4:20AM local time. I was met at the airport by an outfitter representative. I was happy to learn that my bag and rifle case arrived as planned. Unfortunately, Mel ignored the advice given by the travel agency and did not claim and re-check his bags in Chicago. After waiting a while for his rifle case, we learned that it was not delivered to Turkish Airlines in Chicago. His rifle was still in Chicago and it would not be forwarded. Luckily for him, the outfitter had a Blaser .300 Win Mag he could borrow. Mel also didn't have his binos and some other items as they were in the rifle case as well. After sorting things out at the airport, we left Dushanbe and headed out on a 12-hour drive to Khorog. As many of you know, this drive takes place on the "Pamir Highway" which is NOT a highway at all by USA standards. About 8 hours of the drive is along a river which is the border with Afghanistan and this drive is only conducted during daylight hours. There are a few checkpoints and a heavy military presence. The road is rough and brutal. About halfway, we were delayed for about an hour while some local truck drivers pulled a truck up out of the river that had went over the side! There are lots of Chinese trucks on this dangerous road.