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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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Old 05-03-2009, 06:30 AM   #2
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Fun in Bavaria

We had a very nice dinner the night of my arrival and later went out to the Irish Pub in Garmisch for some drinks with some folks I had met while snowboarding in Austria in March.

The next day I had a good look around the lovely village of Eschenlohe.



Later that day we went to Munich for a party with some folks I went snowboarding with a few years ago. Only my first stop and I already got “stuck” for an extra day
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:31 AM   #3
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Did Jesus fall off?

I saw this guy just outside Germering, on the outskirts of Munich. Looked like he had fallen off the cross and we debated for a while whether we should offer him some help to get back on.

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Old 05-03-2009, 06:34 AM   #4
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Down to Venice



My buddy in Eschenlohe convinced me to spend an extra day in the Dolomites instead of pressing on directly to Venice. A look at the map sold me on the plan: lots of twisty mountain roads and plenty of campgrounds. I quickly made a ferry reservation from Venice to Igoumentisa for two days later before I left his place.
I set out in beautiful sunshine, which lasted until I crossed the border to Italy.








Luckily, I had dry roads again when I reached the higher altitudes in the Dolomites.











I started to realize that it might actually be a bit early for the camping season. The ski lifts that were still running were a clue. I left my all season sleeping bag as well as my winter gloves at home in a last minute weight saving effort. I asked my trusty Zumo how long it would take all the way to Venice and it told me that I could make it in daylight. It then send me on some very twisty mountain roads, including a 2300m pass. Traffic so far had been very light, but until I hit the highway again closer to the coast I only saw a handful of cars going in the other direction and no one going my way. The drivers of the cars I saw looked at me in disbelief. The roads were dry and and with my heated grips I wasn’t cold at all. So, no worries and I had all those turns to myself.





With all that sow around I kept thinking of ways to bring a snowboard on a motorbike. I was really tempted to rent some gear and put in some turns.





After a bit of highway and more country roads I reached Punto Sabbioni, across the lagune from Venice, just around sunset.






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This was my first time in Venice and I wasn’t sure what to expect, except of hordes of other tourists. Yes, the place is not for people who don’t like crowds but it was well worth coming here. Just a bit away from St Marc’s square you can have the place practically to yourself and Venice invites you to just head down a narrow alley and explore. It is fascinating in all its beauty and ugliness at the same time and a perfect place for people watching. I had a blast for two days and it didn’t even blow the budget.



























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Ferry from Venice to Igoumenitsa




I took the ferry from Venice to Igoumentisa in Greece to save some time on my way down. We ended up having four bikes on the ferry, two V-Stroms, one GS, and my Ten. We were told to park between the loading ramps at the very back of the ferry. No tie down points at all and the bikes were really close to each other, practically touching. When I asked I was told that they’ll be fine. With mixed feelings about this I went upstairs to my cabin.


I spent the evening in the company of German and Dutch retirees, who made the crossing with their camper vans, and Greek truck drivers. I had a chance to play bingo but decided against it. My only bingo experience is of the South Pole extreme, full impact bingo kind and I didn’t want to get into trouble. I opted to watch a bloody action flick in one of the lounges instead. After a good night’s sleep I watched a Rambo movie in the morning before it was time to disembark. Somehow Greek ferry companies don’t have the same qualms when it comes to movie selection and some of the kids enjoyed the bloodfest.


The bikes were fine and I drove off as soon as the doors opened.



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Old 05-30-2009, 01:02 AM   #7
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I saw this guy just outside Germering, on the outskirts of Munich. Looked like he had fallen off the cross and we debated for a while weather we should offer him some help to get back on.
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Old 05-31-2009, 05:31 AM   #8
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Old 06-01-2009, 06:29 AM   #9
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Fascinating stuff. And yet more beautiful photos. One day, I'll get as far as Iran (farther?) myself. Till then, these observations will keep me going.
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It's alright. I still use it on occasion. Just really over the "put your rain gear underneath" concept.
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:28 PM   #11
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besides the rain layer being underneath though? i see this jacket at decent prices now now and was thinking about getting it
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For me the most important aspect was the fit. It fit perfectly for me. Your milage will obviously vary.
I still like it for the summer. Well ventilated for this kind of jacket.
The suit was never water proof. Even after sending it in to have it fixed.
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