Take The Wrong Way Home, Iran 2017

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Harti, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. stilcrazee

    stilcrazee Adventurer

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    Thank you. Not only do we get to "see" places many of us would never see but we get history lessons as well.
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  2. Harti

    Harti Been here awhile

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    Tomorrow we will start our last leg of this trip from Tabriz to Armenia, past Mt. Ararat, allegedly the resting place of Noah's Ark, to Yerevan. From there to Tbilisi it is only another 150 mls.
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  3. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    Going through Nakhchivan, are you? ;-)
  4. Harti

    Harti Been here awhile

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    No, not quite. We crossed the border to Armenia at Meghri right between Nakhichevan and Nagorno-Karabakh. We then followed the mountainous road to Kapan and Goris.

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  5. Harti

    Harti Been here awhile

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    Hi David,

    I'm just realizing, that the map above is not very precise. The layer with the map must have slipped under the layer with the track a little to the right. Let's say some 50 mls...
    Here is the corrected version:

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  6. Harti

    Harti Been here awhile

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    The next day we started early. The road up north towards Armenia kept some unexpected surprises ready for us. As soon as we left the main road the temperatures dropped to an uncomfortable 40°F. Road conditions went from good to so-so, later to "wtf have we gotten ourselves into this time..."

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    The cold is creeping up already...

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    The bright sunshine is illusive... it's fricking cold...

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    Behind the curve lies the border to Armenia.

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    As you see at the characters we are in Armenia.

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    The higher we ascended the harsher the driving conditions got. Fog, drizzle, cold and incredibly stupid local drivers...

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    At the first restaurant we stopped for lunch and warmth.

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    When Heli saw the range of the alcoholic articles, the corners of his mouth went up...

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    This is our first beer in ages...

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    It took us 10 minutes to get rid of all the layers and let the heat caress our frozen bodies...

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    When we arrived at a guesthouse in Armenia Heli dropped his bike out of weakness and lack of concentration...

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    No more mosques... churches from now on...

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    Here we are very close to the Ararat, the holy mountain for the Armenians, although located in Turkey.

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    Finally we arrived in Yerevan.
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  7. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    I know that feeling - done it a few times myself.
  8. Harti

    Harti Been here awhile

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    Heli dropped his bike 5 or 6 times, Martina also. They had only one heavier drop each, when Heli rear-ended me and Martina fell into that ditch I reported about... I was lucky again. Nothing happened, except for one drop on gras slowly to the side.

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  9. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    With an R series with engine bars and luggage, I don't worry about laying it down slowly.
  10. Harti

    Harti Been here awhile

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    Okay so far. But I never had a drop or let alone an accident in 25 years. So when I accompanied my bike to a resting position - that's how I'd like to describe it - the others yelled: accident, accident. Due to the fact, that I never ever dropped my bike before. Let's not jinx it. Can happen to anyone and I had at least 3 near accidents on this trip...
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    Simply amazing--keep it coming. Gotta figure out how and when to get over there with my bike.
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    Ahhh, all is well in the world when the beer comes back!
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  13. de crowe

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    This is a great ride report, thanks for taking the trouble. This report and Peter Cullen's report from last year have really wet my appetite to visit Iran. Peter shipped his bike to Romania for the UK and rode there and back. I wonder how expensive shipping the bike to Georgia would be? As an aside, great to see the Irish fans in Georgia for the soccer. Unfortunately we got hammered by Denmark so like Italy we will not be going to the World Cup Russia 2018. I rather foolishly sold my much under used HP2E in 2009, I see they are now making close to double their retail price at the time of launch. OH well!!!
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    Harti Been here awhile

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    The shipping costs were 1.480,- € both ways from Germany to Georgia. That included shipping, handling and custom fees.

    Don't worry about Ireland not taking part in the World Cup 2018. If you start your own counter event with Italy, Chile, USA, Ireland, Holland, Turkey and others, it might be even more interesting...
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  15. DavidM1

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    Thanks for that. Only a little bit more expensive than riding there and back via Turkey, I reckon. And you save yourself about 2 weeks travelling.
  16. Harti

    Harti Been here awhile

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    On our descent from the Lesser Caucasian Range we stopped as often as we could for warming up.

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    Martina doesn't seem to like the fact that the Hijab is not needed anymore...

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    Traffic in Yerevan is a totally different matter... everyone stays in his lane...

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    ... because supervision is 100 %. Police at each intersection, speed cameras everywhere...

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    ... and no misinterpretations allowed.

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    The minutes before the nationwide largest opera house starts its concert.

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    This is the Armenian Central Library, called Matenadaran, named after the creator of the Armenian alphabet.

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    But, as you can see, most print media publish still in Russian.

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    A Frozen Marguarita. Yummy.

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    The city center has undergone many renovations and reconstructions to attract more tourists.

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    In side streets and in the outskirts of Yerevan you still find the eastern shabby chic...
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    Great ride report and pics but there is no way in hell I would go there...............................
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    The amazingness continues!

    I’m curious to know if language was an impediment in any way while traveling though that part of the world. I speak only English and Spanish.
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    fantastic attention to details. thank you for taking the time to be so attentive.
  20. Harti

    Harti Been here awhile

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    Hi Parcero,

    of course it helps to speak English and Spanish, and in my case also French, German and a little Italian. But that is not the important part. I play guitar. That opens doors. I once made six border officers dance and sing along to some Kalinka tunes at the border Uzbekistan/Tajikistan and the inspection was immediately over. On top of that I travel always with my universal picture booklet. It's made for these kind of occasions, where you only have to point to a picture and pantomime it up. Makes a lot of people laugh and removes tention...

    It might come to a surprise that a lot of the younger people speak excellent English...
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