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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by bizoo_n, Oct 19, 2015.
The Bazaar of Tabriz, Iran.
Another brilliant R.R. looking forward to your adventures,stories,& pictures.Ride safe!
Just imagine all the tales of adventure Vladimir will have to tell his classmates! They'll be very envious, I'm sure. He's quite blessed to have parents who can give him such experiences at his age, the memories of which will last a lifetime.
This entire RR is an absolute gem!
Safe journey to you all.
Random shots from Iran.
Your lives in the real world as you pass along seeing it for what it really is, reflected through these magnificent photos, serve as a huge inspiration to me, I live my imagination through your pictures as I casually observe through the monitor from thousands of miles away at the corporate desk in the glass walled offices of my fake job, pretending that what I am doing is objective and rational.
Always excellent photos. I'm glad that you do some editing to bring them down in size to about 200KB - I think too many people post straight from their cameras/phones at massive resolution. I was just reading one RR with about 100 3MB photos - it took almost 5mins for the page to load.
The small mountain village of Masuleh, Iran.
As we did not get the Turkmenistan transit visa we had to switch to plan B, going to Azerbaijan and take the ferry to Aktau, Kazakhstan. So we spent our last two nights in Iran camping on a beach by the Caspian sea.
This guy had quite some skills.
If you get time to look around Azerbaijan, Sheki is a nice town and the drive along the foothills on the R9 and R8 is quite nice.
There is a conflict zone near Armenia which is meant to have a lot of nice old churches but I've heard you can get into trouble for visiting that area. I'd steer clear of that area.
Some coordinates of sights:
41.191944, 47.170556 Sheki town
40.796698, 48.319052 Cable foot bridge
40.853056, 48.393056 Lahich mountain town
40.705713, 47.967088 Soviet war memorial
40.705252, 47.901353 Ivanovka Winery
40.682881, 47.878740 Nice valley town, not sure of it's name!
40.53258, 48.94205 Diri Baba Mausoleum
40.365033, 49.836 Baku Old City
40.371494, 49.837727 Fountain Square Baku (main pedestrian area)
40.371092, 49.840903 Vapiano's Italian Restaurant (good pizza)
40.371421, 49.844889 Ocaq restaurant (cheap delicious kebabs)
There's more mountain villages on the north side of the mountains but you'll need more time as you have to drive to the coast then head north to access them.
Here's the kebab shop I ate at quite frequently when I worked in Baku
That's some useful info. Thank you, but now we are way past Baku. I hope this stuff here will help other people.
So we were thinking of spending a few days in Baku, to enjoy the city.
In the morning of our second day there I went to the ferry ticket office, just to check when is the next one to Aktau, Kazakhstan. The lady there told me to RUUUUUUUSH!!! because the ferry is about to leave, and the port is 70kms away, in Alat. So we packed in a hurry and rushed (we cruise with 80kms/h) to Alat, only to wait for the ferry for 15 hours. Good thing we met another Romanian rider, Mihai, some cyclists and a German couple in a motorhome. So we camped in the ferry terminal.
Next morning, early, the boat came and we boarded.
That sounds like a successful ferry connection - nice one. Positive travel karma to balance the negative of not getting into Turkmenistan.
So we finally crossed into Kazakhstan, after what I now to be the most complicated border crossing I've been through. Then we started riding towards the Uzbek border through nothingness.
Then we did an oil change in the middle of the desert.
The last 80 kms from Beyneu to the Uzbek border are hell. These are the tracks near the road, and imagine those ones were better than the actual road.
Gas is also a problem. I don't know what we would have done if it wasn't for the fuel canister.
Hey guys what's happening?!!!
We're fine, thank you for asking. Sorry for being late with this report, although I really hoped to be able to do it live. I'm not, obviously.
More pics will follow shortly.
Fantastic! I am so glad I found your R\R. Don't know if you remember me or not, we met in Dushanbe. I invited you to our home in Kyrgyzstan. I was heart broken to find out that you all stopped and I was not home. Really wish it would had worked out. If you are ever back in Kyrgyzstan please don't forget us, you are always welcome.
Small world! Of course we remember you. After all how can we forget the toolbox we borrowed from you in order to save Oana's phone, after Vladimir dropped it down the toilet, haha. We're sorry we did not meet in Kyrgyzstan, but just talking to the kids at your place, for a few moments, made us sure that what you're doing there is absolutely great. Nice to find you here and keep in touch!
Our next stop was Moynaq, Uzbekistan, on the shores of the (former) Aral Sea. Not the happiest place to be, if you can understand the proportions of what's known as the biggest ecological disaster caused by us, humans.
And then... beautiful Khiva, Uzbekistan.