Iran - Alti ustu macera (...an adventure after all) 2 x KTM 990

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by meto, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. @lf

    @lf Adventurer

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    Great pictures and good report.


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

    Dont recognize the pattern:huh


    @lf
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  2. viatormundi

    viatormundi Citizen of the world

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    They look like standard Scorpions
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  3. snowbilly

    snowbilly Been here awhile

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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. :clap 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. :ricky

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

    rw
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  4. dr.vedat

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    where are you?I miss you and anxiety for you.:gerg
    god bless you.
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  5. Goran69

    Goran69 MNE

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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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  6. aurel

    aurel Cheese&Wine!

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    Awesome :clap :clap :clap
    I can't wait next summer to get over these !
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  7. meto

    meto Adventurer

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    10 October, Friday
    Kashan – Na’in – Ardakan – Yazd (473km)


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    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...

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    ...and this is the roof.

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    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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  8. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    :thumbup
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  9. BSK

    BSK Ohhh mist! Die Bullen!!!!

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    that hotel looks like a dream!
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  10. Shippie

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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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  11. aurel

    aurel Cheese&Wine!

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    More please, we're addicted :D

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  12. clarkebd

    clarkebd Custom Title Goes Here

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    Really like this report....something about how the colors contrast in a lot of shots that make is so beautiful to me!

    Thanks for taking the time to post!
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  13. boboneleg

    boboneleg we can rebuild him.

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    Thank you for a really great ride report :clap and a fantastic photo.....

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  14. meto

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    11 October, Saturday
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    We woke up at 08:00. After meeting with Bulent during breakfast, we made the day's plan. Getting lost in the streets of Yazd.

    There are two sides in yazd. We were in the Old City, which is approximately 4000 years old. Mud-bricked buildings are everywhere.
    We started the day with Bogheh-ye Sayyed Roknaddin which was closed. So we couldn't get in.

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    The streets of Yazd is the highlight itself.

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    Masjed e Jameh
    Two 48m-high minarets greets you in this magnificent tiled entrance. It was built for Sayyed Roknaddin in the 15th century.

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    The tile workmanship in this mosque is exquisite.

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    Tossing a little tip to the caretaker, we went down to take a look to the qanat system.

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    Qanat

    It is a system for supplying water for a given location. After locating an underground water source, they dig passageways big enough to crawl all the way to the desired destination. As the whole system is reliant on gravity, the source must be higher than the final destination. Because of the hazards and expense of constructing a qanat, it left its place to the modern technology these days.

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    After Jameh Mosque we continued to get lost.

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    These chimney-look structures are called badgirs. Nearly every house has them. They are designed to catch the warm desert winds and direct it to the house after cooling it through its special canals. A natural air-conditioner.

    We checked out the coin museum.

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    Streets...

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    It's told that Alexander the Great used this 15. century school as a prison.

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    We climbed to the roof of an unused medreseh.

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    Completely lost...

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    At last we returned to our hotel for a brake. We walked from 09:00 to 14:00. We layed down in the hall till 16:30 and hit the streets again.

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    We climbed the narrow stairs of Amir Chakmaq Complex.

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    It was sundown in Yazd.

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    After getting down a last look at the complex.

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    We took a melon juice break as always and then it was time for Saheb a Zaman Club.

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    Zurkhaneh

    It's a 1000 year old tradition that incorporates philosophy, ethics and phsycal strenght. Of course it has transformed into a softer state these days and it's more like a traditional gym.

    Two guys at a high place plays tombek and sing some poems from Hafez.

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    This is the rythm and tempo of the workout. The group on the ring does the moves according to this tempo and the leader.

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    There were 50 - 60 year-old guys at the group and these were really hard workouts.

    After zurkhane we went back to the hotel and fell asleep.
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  15. Blackbert

    Blackbert Factory Rambler

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    It looks like Yazd is worth a visit. Outstanding RR, please continue.:clap
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  16. OldAndBusted

    OldAndBusted Needs a little work...

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    needs more persian women
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  17. skeptic

    skeptic Been here awhile

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    Thank you very much for this picture story about Iran. It appears that the citizens take good care of their town. I think this is some evidence of a respectful and conscientious attitude of the people. Do you think so, or is this perception wrong.
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  18. srosa

    srosa Been here awhile

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    Thanks so much for taking us with you. This is an amazing ride report!
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  19. Bluebull2007

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    Absolutely brilliant! Thank you very much for your story. I cant wait for the next issue. :clap :clap

    You reallly have an eye for photography, your photos are really outstanding! What camera are you using and what lenses do you shoot with?
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  20. Herman

    Herman Where to ride next...

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    I just discovered this thread. First class touring+report :clap

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