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Old 05-03-2009, 06:28 AM   #1
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Germany to Iran and back

Hi All,

This report is about a trip on a Tenere from Germany to just South of Shiraz, Iran. I went to Iran in March for a snowboarding trip and liked what I saw and decided to return on a bike.

I'm new to posting here and I apologize in advance if I mess things up. I have read and learned on Advrider.com for a while now and just like to say thanks to all of you for sharing. I'd like to return the favor by posting this trip report. It might take me a while to keep up but the latest version should always be on my web page OnTheRoad.Adventure-Antarctica.de. I just have a much faster workflow posting there but I will keep this report coming. Promise!

I was set on a motorbike trip during my time off this year and just wasn't quite sure where to. I took a bunch of books with inspirational trip reports (thanks Striking Viking, among others) to the South Pole with me and they kept me and others entertained during the long winter there. Hopefully some more Polies got inspired and will set out soon.

Here are a few teaser photos to whet you appetite (I'll add more as I go along):


Dalyan, Turkey



Lycian rock tombs, Myra, Turkey



Mamure Castle, Anamur, Turkey



Tough choice in Kizkalesi, Turkey



Nemrut Dagi, Turkey



Altinsac, Turkey



Akdemar Kilisesi, Turkey



Near Turkish/Iranian border



Takht-e-Soleyman, Iran


Imam Mosque, Esfahan, Iran



Reunion at the Imam Mosque, Esfahan, Iran



Esfahan Woman, Iran



Esfahan, Iran



Mountain Road, Iran



Persepolis, Iran



Kids in Yazd, Iran



Iranian Workout



Iranian Election



Haman in Kashan, Iran



Motorcycle police in Van, Turkey



Nemrut Dagi crater lake, Turkey



Near Kars, Turkey



Ani, Turkey



Kemaliyeliler Tasyolu, the "Rock Road", Turkey



Cappadocia, Turkey



Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey



Aya Sofia, Istanbul, Turkey






Monument of Communism, Bulgaria



Transfăgărăşan, Romania



Peles Castle, Romania



Wooden Church, Ieud, Romania


Krakow, Poland



OK, enough said. here we go:


Today was the day. The K&N air filter finally arrived yesterday and I could make no more excuses.




As expected the weather turned to custard as soon as I left home and I was riding through rain all the way to Munich. I ended up paying a heavy McCafe toll, hitting quite a few of them along the way for apple pie and coffee. In one of them the very nice old cleaning lady mopped up the wet trail I left across the store and kept mopping up the water puddle around a very apologetic me.



Just South of Munich the sky cleared for the first time and I could see the Alps.







My destination for today was a buddy’s place near Garmisch. The picture below is the view from his living room window.





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