Take The Wrong Way Home, Iran 2017

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

  1. tamersbing

    tamersbing n00b

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    Armenia looks quite pleasant compared with Iran. Your margarita, the tree-lined streets, and what seems to be a more temperate climate all compare very nicely with Iran, which looked dusty and extremely hot (and dry in more than one way).
  2. Matt fe2o3

    Matt fe2o3 Long timer

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    Well done! Nice read.
  3. Harti

    Harti Been here awhile

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    Hi tamersbing,

    I agree. Armenia and Yerevan are places to go to before this insider tip becomes flooded by tourists.
    But I must say that all countries we passed have their own charm and character. I personally can stand heat and cold very good. As long as it is dry. Rain is a killer for bike riding everywhere...
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  4. Parcero

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    Good advice for traveling anywhere in the world where language barriers exist. In my case I think I’ll go with the universal picture booklet. My musical aptitude being what it is, mastering the Persian and Ajerbaijani languages would be a piece of cake compared to learning how to play the guitar. :)
  5. andydj31

    andydj31 In Techno we trust...

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    Hi Harti! I've read your RR with a lot of taste! Very very interesting, awesome pics and a easy English for me... :-D I've ever travel here in Europe, as Spain, France, Austria, Slovenia and Scotland... never in Middle East. Thanks!
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    Cool report, cool destinations. Strengthens me in my conviction I should go there once. Thx!
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  7. Harti

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    The 150 miles between Yerevan and Tbilisi seemed manageable. In the countryside we saw many cattle auctions. To us this picture stands somehow for Armenia. A rough country in the mountains, a harsh climate, almost no vegetation...

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    But we hadn't counted upon the rain. Not too dramatic in the beginning and on paved roads.

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    The border formalities of Armenia took us an unbearable two hours, because I got ground up between different opinions of two officers. One said I need this stamp, the other said it's not necessary... that went on back and forth for some time before I finally rose my voice and brought both idiots together to solve this little argument... Georgia's border paperwork and inspection was done in no time. No importation papers, no visa, no check of our bags and panniers... 10 minutes later we rolled on dangerously wet mud roads towards Tbilisi.

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    Two options now: We could go fast and risk a crash or go dead slow and get nowhere...

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    Partially it was so slippery that our Vmax dropped under 15 mls.

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    It took us two hours before we reached the eagerly awaited paved road. And the rough terrain turned our motorcycles into real dirt bikes...

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    The first break in Georgia was badly needed to recharge our batteries... beer helps tremendously...

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    A look back at the panorama of the area...

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    ... before we arrived in Tbilisi and completed the full circle.

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    Tbilisi is worth a trip on its own.
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  8. stilcrazee

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    Great report. How long of a layover now before packing the bikes and flying home?
  9. Harti

    Harti Been here awhile

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    We have a few days now to pack and get organized before Martina and I fly back home. Heli has a tighter schedule and needs to get home tomorrow. My next post will show you some Tbilisi pics and on another post I want to wrap up this trip with a resumee and a few datas and numbers and statistics...
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  10. fullsuspension

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    Harti, great report, thank you.
    Have been in Iran twice, 2015 and 2017 again, nice memories to this country again.
  11. Eenpersoonsmotorclub

    Eenpersoonsmotorclub Enthousiast

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    Thanks for the pics, guys. Next May I’ll be off to Georgia and Armenia myself, entering from Istanbul Turkey. Do you recon it’s possible to ride in these countries with my wife as passenger?
  12. fullsuspension

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    Sure, you can, why not?. Do you have any doubts?
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  13. Harti

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    The citizens of Georgia like to think that they live in the middle of Europe...

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    The Kartlis Deda monument, the Mother of Georgia, guards over its people.

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    The day after we arrived at our hostel, it rained cats and dogs.

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    That is not good if you want to store your stuff away for weeks in a crate. With no ventilation it produces a lot of mold and mildew.

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    We arrived at the shipping company right in time...

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    So everything is stored more or less damp in the wodden box.

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    While our bikes are on their way to Germany, we explore the city a little more extensive...

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    These bath houses invited us for half a day and comforted our sore bodies.

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    They even have a Walk of Fame in front of the National Theater.

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    The best look over Tbilisi we had from the top of the fortress.

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    That's how we got home. We had one last look at Mt. Ararat in the far distance.

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    And that's how our bikes came home 4 weeks later.

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    With a careful power spray and a good clean up this trip comes to its official end.
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  14. Blind Warrior

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    Thank you.
  15. Parcero

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    Now it’s time to start planning the next one!
  16. Harti

    Harti Been here awhile

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    The next one is already in the loop. We want to circumvent the Baltic Sea in 2018.
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    Outstanding. Many great images!
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    chudzikb Been here awhile

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    Thank you for taking the time to document your trip. Certainly took us to some places I will never get to in my lifetime. And for that I thank you!
  19. FenceJumper09

    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    What an EPIC trip! This was an amazing ride report to follow along with! I look forward to any future reports you do!
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    I'm going to miss you guys - what a treat it's been following you - can't wait for a Baltic Sea trip next year!