Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We then walked to the Bazaar. Here we bought some fruits and nuts and had to sneak them as if not we got some dirty look for eating in public during the day in Ramadan.

    [​IMG]Tehran-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Iran-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Iran-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Then we had a long hot walk to the Jewelry museum. This is basically a vault in the basement of the National bank that is full of the ceremonial jewels of the rulers of Iran. This includes thousands of precious and semiprecious stones, gold, and art works. They have the largest pink diamond in the world, 3 black, and one red diamond.

    [​IMG]Tehran-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We took the metro back to the hotel, which is also nearby the former USA embassy with the famous wall graffiti.

    [​IMG]Tehran-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Orvar feels his rear tire will not make it to Russia and he managed to find a decent street one here and we will mount it in Isfahan so he can save the Heidenau for later.

    [​IMG]Esfahan-20 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  3. Saralou

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    Tonight we are driving about 45 minutes up into the hills to experience the Darband region.

    “Darband, formerly a village close to Tajrish, Shemiran, is a neighbourhood inside Tehran's metropolitan limits. It is the beginning of a popular hiking trail into Mount Tochal, which towers over Tehran. A chairlift is also available for those not interested in hiking. The Persian term darband translates to "door of the mountain".
    The initial start of the trail at Darband is about 250 metres long and is dotted with a number of small cafes and restaurants. These are quite popular and are busy in the evenings, as locals and tourists alike visit the many hooka lounges along the trail.”

    This is packed with people strolling, eating street foods, and in restaurants. We picked a traditional one with bench seats and ordered Abgoosht, which is a dish cooked in a clay pot with tomatoes, beans, meat and potatoes.


    [​IMG]Iran-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we are headed south on the Gulf Coast highway to Esfahan 462 km away.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 17.17.06 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 16.01.13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Step one get out of the city, which is much easier than getting in as the highway is only about 3-4 km away. We needed to meet the guide on the street and then fend off all the people who wanted photos so we could get moving. Having a guide is still a challenge for us. We have managed to get him to let us lead and he follows on the highway. We also have convinced him not to weave in and out of traffic in the city. Reza "don't change lanes because even if you do we will not and you will have to wait for us anyway".

    [​IMG]Esfahan by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  7. Saralou

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    The 650 had been acting up a bit again the last 2 days with hiccups, poor power, and i noticed the voltage meter was reading 14.1 instead of the usual 14.3. Leaving Kashan the hiccups became very frequent. When we pulled over to vent the tank the gas exploded out and was very hot. Lucky in the desert and with the 43 degree heat we were pulled over by a fir tree farm where we could get some shade.

    [​IMG]Esfahan-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Esfahan-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Initially we hooked up the GS 911and there were no fault codes. We noted that with the last software update several functions are no longer available…like checking the fuel pump or injectors.

    [​IMG]35588390851_0cb55f2597_o by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    Step one removed side panel and vent system. Not blocked proximally, but blocked distally. Under the seat we could see it was pinched under the frame. This done there was venting, but the bike still would not run very long. We had sent Trevor for cold fresh gas and this did not work. So fuel pump it is. Dan is smart and we happen to have one, We moved the bike to a better spot with more shade and swapped out the pump. Now Lulu is back to her old self no issues, voltage of 14.3, and lots of power. The kinked exhaust line had killed the pump trying to suck gas in a vacuum and this had drawn too much power as well.
    [​IMG]Iran-35 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Our guide Reza so happy as he did not think Dan could fix the bike himself!!

    [​IMG]Iran-38 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    That wasted 90 minutes and means we will no take the planned side trip to Abeyeh “traditional mud” village as it is a 60 km detour and now must go direct to Esfahan, It is another 165 km from here thru the desert. For got to mention that motorcycles and not allowed on the highway, but no one cared, and the tolls are then of course free. In fact the law here says that big bikes can only be driven on Fridays for 3 hours and it is against the law for women to drive motorcycles of any kind. We did see one woman riding a scooter near Tehran.
    [​IMG]Esfahan-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It was very hot today, but it has dropped to a much more tolerable 36. The ride into the city was pretty civilized. In general the drivers here are much better.
    [​IMG]Esfahan-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Breezing thru the toll booths is nice. The roads here are mostly 4 lane straight highways thru the desert.
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    Good one.
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    Fantastic :clap:clap
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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks guys! The people in Iran are absolutely incredible! I might draw a bit too much positive attention as a woman on a big bike, but they are just so excited to meet us! If you stop for anything it will not be just a few minute affair for sure. Numerous people offered us food and drink even in Ramadan. Sara
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    We led the guide to the hotel as Trevor and Dan had it in the GPS and we thought this was faster then him stopping to ask directions all the time. At one intersection I thought this woman was trying to cut Trevor off, but she was offering him a huge piece of traditional fruit leather. When he said no thanks she said please take it and he did! He had to stuff this big thing in his pocket before the light changed. Arriving we were warmly greeted by Maria and served cold juice. Iranians are very hospitable people!

    [​IMG]Esfahan-21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We gave Reza the night off and we ate at the hotel’s roof top restaurant. After dinner it was much cooler and we walked to the main square. It was packed with families and lots of the kids came up to talk with us and practice their English. The mosque is beautifully reflected in the pools.

    [​IMG]Esfahan-24 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we slept in a bit while Orvar took off his wheel so we could take it to a shop to swap out the tire. A great deal for 6 $.

    [​IMG]Esfahan-30 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Esfahan-31 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Esfahan-37 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Nice to have Reza’s car. This was convenient as well as we spotted a Bosch dealer and went in to buy another fuel pump. They had 2 viable options, but Dan decided to do some more research and ended up buying a pump in Shiraz for 15$.

    [​IMG]Iran-40 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    After this we visited the bazaar and the nearby 800 year old Jameh main Mosque of Isfahan. Now at 230 it is an inferno and 42 and the parked car was higher.

    [​IMG]Esfahan-38 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    We headed back to the hotel to hide in the air con until 7. Orvar waited until 530 to put the wheel back, but it was still blazing hot.

    We walked the few blocks to the main Naqsh-e Jahan square and had a private tour of the Naghsh-e Jahan mosque as it was just closing. We could not visit the palace as it had closed. We also did not have time for the women’s or Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, but the reflection photos we took later are cool.

    [​IMG]Esfahan-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now our mission is to visit the money changers and we got a pretty good rate.

    [​IMG]Iran-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    As the light was fading we hopped in a cab to the “river” to see the Khaju Bridge and get some night shots. Walking back to the square we decided on street food there as the restaurant we were headed for was closed. This is a common theme in Ramadan.

    [​IMG]Iran-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Next we sat by the fountain for some photos and met several very nice families.

    [​IMG]Iran-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Dan got up at 520 for some sunrise shots in the square. The rest of us were up at 630 to pack the bikes and bring them around from the parking. We had breakfast and were out the door at 745.

    [​IMG]Esfahan-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today our plan is to get going early so we can make some of the 467 km in the cooler part of the day. We are headed south on the Gulf coast road to Shiraz.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 17.18.31 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 17.18.48 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The temperature stayed under 36 until about 200 km from the city. Then we had 2 hours in 38-39. Getting out of the city was not too bad and we finally found a petrol station. We made 200 km before the break and then had lunch with about 167 km to go.

    [​IMG]Shiraz-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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