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Old 11-26-2008, 06:38 PM   #76
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What a wonderful adventure. Thanks for sharing your memories with us

Makes me very home-sick

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Old 11-26-2008, 09:33 PM   #77
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Very refreshing to hear Iranians are some of the nicest humans.

Well done.
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Old 11-27-2008, 02:06 AM   #78
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Great adventure and a great report. Thx for sharing Meto.

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Old 11-27-2008, 07:25 AM   #79
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Fantastic RR and such beautiful pictures!
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:41 AM   #80
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Thank you for your wonderful report.

The people you have met seem for the most part extremely gracious and hospitable. I believe this to be universal, once you get personal and avoid the stereotypes which are so commonplace. Unfortunately the truth is that one bad apple can spoil the whole bushel, at least in the eyes people who are not critical thinkers. Here in America there are some very prejudiced and violent people who call themselves Christian, just like there are violent persons in the middle east who call say they are Muslim. Both religions espouse peace and kindness. There are always the extremists.

When we traveled China, even the "minders" (tour guides) who must accompany the tourists eventually intimated what really goes on and were extremely thoughtful and pleasant.

Thanks again.
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:37 AM   #81
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Great pictures and good report.

a question
what kind of tyres are mounted on your KTM?

Dont recognize the pattern

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Old 11-27-2008, 12:11 PM   #82
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Originally Posted by @lf
Great pictures and good report.

a question
what kind of tyres are mounted on your KTM?

Dont recognize the pattern

They look like standard Scorpions
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Old 11-28-2008, 05:57 AM   #83
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What a fabulous trip. I just finished reading the thread (so far); you had me very worried for you when I read about the lost bag. What an incredible story about how it was found and returned. I've read a few other RR's about folks traveling through Iran (and Turkey as well, for that matter) who have been helped through really tough problems by generous strangers. I sure wish the news media would report on this stuff once in awhile instead of their incessant focus on violence and destruction. The world is full of nice people and good experiences.

Anyhow, I'm really enjoying your trip report, all the pictures, and your great approach to it all. Thanks a bunch!

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Old 11-30-2008, 03:58 AM   #84
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where are you?I miss you and anxiety for you.
god bless you.
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Old 11-30-2008, 05:17 AM   #85
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What a beautiful pics!!! You got me jealous. I am not sure that I will be able to see Iran EVER and now I know what I am missing. Beautiful scenery and nice people. So far away from the stereotype that you get when you are looking a TV.
Your patience in posting this is superb, thank you very much
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Old 12-01-2008, 01:39 AM   #86
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I can't wait next summer to get over these !
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:55 PM   #87
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10 October, Friday
Kashan – Na’in – Ardakan – Yazd (473km)

Aldo also woke up at 05:00 to send us off with Ekber and his wife. We pushed the bikes out of the garage without firing up. We didn't want to wake our neighbours. I strongly recommend this place. It couldn' t be more natural and friendly. We parted ways with Aldo here. He continued to Esfehan. After goodbyes we left immidately after firing the KTMs. A lot of noise at the silence of the day.

Kashan dawn...

Roads are great. They have built the return lanes 200m far. So, it like a two laned one way road. You don't see the oncoming headlights so, great for night rides. Also the asphalt quality is awesome considering the heavy vehicle traffic. Not a single deterioration on the right lane.

We loved these city entry signs. Laughed every time i saw.

During preparation we planned to do a day-trip to the Zoroastrian sites Chak Chak and Kharanaq from Yazd. Since we started the day so early, we had a lot of time and decided to do this circle tour, before entering Yazd, because it was on our way. Bikers guided us to the junction after Ardakan which was very tricky to find. It was so barren after we turned to the Chak Chak road.

It was hard to navigate. There we a lot of turns with only signs in Farsi. There was nobody to ask either. After a while gravel started as expected.

We continued without knowing exactly we to go. We saw a road construction crew and they told that we missed the Chak Chak turn. The road was fun so continued anyway. So barren and lonely. It's like the silence after snow. After a while we were on the asphalt again to Yazd. Hehe i missed Kharanaq turn too.

It seemed like the real Iran going south. Less traffic, less police, less caos.
We arrived to Yazd about 14:00. According to our book we found Silk Road Hotel.

A traditional Yazd house. It was bigger compared to Noghli House and was packed with tourists from all around the world. After checking in we ate lunch and met Hadi who was a one-man army. Dealing with everything in the hotel. He gave us a plastic bucket for washing clothes and told that we can hang them on the roof.

These we made to ride in a laid back position to preserve fatigue i guess.

After hanging out in the internet cafe for several hours we got back to the roof to check out the clothes.

Yazd was preparing for the night.

I was a little overdue with my writings so, we hung around the garden for a while.

We heard someone playing ney (a special flute). Hadi said that the guy is also from Turkey. Later, Bulent came near us and we started chatting. He is an assistant at the Hacettepe University and was travelling with trains, busses. We walked to our neighbour Orient Hotel.

...and this is the roof.

People always lay back here. Usual sitting on chair is not common. We wanted to organize a tour to Chak Chak and Kharanaq tomorrow but we were late because you have tell a day before. So, a long walking tour of Yazd was the plan for tomorrow.

After a brief ney concert for Bulent we went to bed.

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Old 12-08-2008, 12:03 AM   #88
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:43 AM   #89
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that hotel looks like a dream!
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:20 AM   #90
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Thanks for the pictures and report. I'd love to be able to take an adventure like that.
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