One thing that strikes me about this plain spoken Australian's travels is his dogged determination to avoid having to bribe corrupt officials. You can tell from reading his accounts that this kind of extortion really goes against his grain, and he's quite good at avoiding it. In many countries around the world cops, border guards and customs officials expect a little bribe to get you on your way.
I had been warned of Turkmenistan's liking for bureaucracy. Peter Forwood, who has been travelling around the world on his Harley motorcycle since 1996, has just visited Turkmenistan.
In Laos, he threatens to photograph the official.
In Pakistan, citing the local laws and asking to see the official's boss did the trick.
In Tanzania he asks to go to court over an unexpected "fine", a delay tactic that works well as the official realizes he will be wasting valuable bribe extortion time, and gets let off with a warning.
In Indonesia, after one cop attempts to extort a bribe, Peter develops the inability to see cops, even those waving a red flag, trying to pull him over.
In Russia, Peter exploits language difficulties "Me no speak Russian", and plays dumb, again wasting the the officials extortion time until he is waved on.
Peter holds his ground even in the Central African Republic where the military tries to extort money at gunpoint.