Guy overheard offered me a ride
I got out of the border post and there was a group of random dudes standing around cars. They offered me a ride to Ashgabat for money (100 manat) but I explained I was hitching. As I was about to leave and walk to the main road, a guy who overheard the conversation approached me and said that he’ll take me for free. We waited for his mother who had also just crossed from Iran and talked a lot in Russian. He was curious about Europe and (as almost everyone in TM) wanted to emigrate. Nice guy and a great first impression of Turkmenistan.