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Old 01-07-2009, 06:06 PM   #166
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Simply amazing! Thanks for taking the time to post it.
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:12 PM   #167
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16 October, Thursday
Esfehan - Delijan - Sarafjagan - Arak - Malayer - Hamadan - Ali Sadr (609 km)

We were up again at 05:00.

We left the bikes on the most crowded street of Esfehan and there was no harm. I guess, while looking, somebody turned on my heated grips. A good example why to wire it to a switched source. It would have been a nightmare to start the day with a blank battery.
Unfortunately, we have to take the faster main road today, because we have to be in Ali Sadr at 14:00 the latest to take a tour in the caves.
We ate in Delijan, at a restaurant serving real breakfast. This was unusual. After the breakfast we had a small gas crisis. I aim the gas stations that we were going to stop according to my paper map. It worked out perfectly from the start. This time there wasn't unleaded gas in the one we stopped. So, we had to go another 60 kms to the other station. If the tanks had been dry, it would be a huge problem. You always need to travel with a tolerance.

After Malayer, strong sidewinds started. It's understandable, because it was all plain as the eye can see around us. There were sandstorms also.
After Hamadan, we followed the sign to Ali Sadr caves, which took 60 kms from Hamadan. We checked in the hotel near the caves. We fed ourselves and went to see the "world's biggest water caves", as it was claimed. I don't know if it's true, but it sure felt that way.

A paddleboat in the lead, pulling 4 plastic boats tied to each other. I hopped on the paddleboat with our guide. I understood later that the smart f.cker left all the job to me. I stopped paddling to see if he's paddling to. No go.

It's quite cold for t-shirts in there. Take a fleece with you.

There were signs showing the depht. 14m was the deepest we saw.

Because the water was crystal clear, you easily see the thrown plastic water bottles.
After a while we arrived to a station and started walking again into a hall kind of empty space. It was said that the height's reaching 40 m here.

We hopped on the boats again, and returned to the first station from a diffent route.
It was really worth the trip to see the caves.
There was nothing much to do after the cave attraction. We selpt, did some stuff in the laptop and simply rested.
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:35 PM   #168
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Hi Meto,

Excellent stuff. I hope to catch up with a real adventurer the next time I am around Izmir. Keep it coming.


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Old 01-08-2009, 08:26 PM   #169
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Excellent window into that world Meto, lovin' it.
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Old 03-09-2009, 12:12 PM   #170
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Execllent sory of a true adventure!
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:25 PM   #171
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It looked like u had a great time with all the other travelers in the traditional hostel, where the Chinese Muslim as well? Or did u mean they still have to wear veils outside just not in the guest house. Great photos especially the night time tripod stuff looks great, Good luck and keep it up

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Old 03-09-2009, 11:12 PM   #172
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exellent RR juys...

i can only b jealous at the beautiful landscape which i'm not alloud 2 get 2 it.....
very good job with the report. really pleasure 2 read and c.....
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:57 AM   #173
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Fantastic trip...your images are unbelievable and magical. Thanks for sharing them, along with your take on Iran. I can't believe what a beautiful place Iran is.
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:08 PM   #174
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Great report you guys, the sort of stuff that makes the world smaller & helps expand understanding . . . . hard to comprehend why that Dubya clown wanted to blitz these people, with their ability to create SO much beauty in the midst of such limited resources? Go figure . .. . !

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Old 03-11-2009, 02:50 AM   #175
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Thanks for the posts guys. Just came back from a little snowboarding/sightseeing trip to Iran and it is an amazing country with very friendly people.

Heading back on a motorbike soon via Greece and Trukey. So thanks for the detailed info. Will make it easier to decide where to go.

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Old 03-11-2009, 04:21 AM   #176
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nice report guys, thanks, but will it be continued or not
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:57 AM   #177
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Thanks for sharing! What a amazing spot to travel. I learned a lot about Iran that I never new before.
Looking forward to the rest of this journey!
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Old 03-11-2009, 11:23 AM   #178
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More and more we want to see.Thx for the upload.
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Old 03-11-2009, 05:13 PM   #179
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Great adventure and ride report. Thanks for sharing with us
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:54 PM   #180
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Originally Posted by Jamie
Simply amazing! Thanks for taking the time to post it.
Agree! This is definitely one of the best RRs I've read here....and I've read a lot!

One thing I did learn while reading this, I'm a big, giant pussy when it comes to ADV riding! I've done nothing CLOSE to this. You guys RULE!
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