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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    The lunch break was next to a cement factory and they let us park in the shade there!

    [​IMG]Iran-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    Riding along at 39 degrees one driver came up to Dan and offered him a 2 l bottle of water. True desert hospitality. I’m not sure how he expected him to take it while riding a motorcycle, but it was nice all the same.

    The roads are so straight that when there is any curve there are huge warning signs!

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

    Our only police check of the day…we rode on and left Reza to deal with them!

    [​IMG]Shiraz-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The last stop was for gas 50 km away and the man who works there was an English Translation major pumping the gas. We have met so many educated people not working in their careers. Maria at the hotel desk is an electrical engineer, but she can not get a job here as she is a woman.

    [​IMG]Iran-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Shiraz-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Arriving to the city we again had some crazy drivers, but better than Tehran for sure. The hotel is located on a quiet street with underground parking. We arrived about 4 and retreated to the air con for a few hours.

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

    The plan for this evening is to visit one of the most important pilgrimage shrines here in Shiras, the Shah Cheragh. We took the car over as we did not want it to close. There was a bit of a wait at the entrance as you must be accompanied by a guide. Dan had worn shorts and was not able to get in. We had to put our cameras in “the depository”.

    The notice says that photos with a guide are ok, but with your phone only. The entry is free, which is unusual in Iran where foreigners are charged 6-8$ for entry. The strange thing is the fee is the same whether for the spectacular UNESCO Persopolis site or a small local mosque.

    The guide was a women in full chador. The men entered thru the main door and I went with her thru the side door, where i was dressed in a large sheet, checked for appropriate coverage by the “staff”, and then frisked for dangerous items. I walked in to join the men and I thought Trevor was going to fall over when he saw me. He said “I’m surprised you didn’t balk at the get up and refuse to enter”. I said when in Rome.

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

    The site is spectacular especially in the sunset light. The call to break the fast was being announced on the speakers. The hall of the tombs is covered with small mirrors. There are several significance of these small pieces One was that the mirrors came from far away and were broken on arrival. This is said to symbolize how man should be broken before God. A large mirror allows you to focus on yourself, but the tiny ones break you up and symbolize how you should not be proud.

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

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

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    After this we ate at a small local restaurant, but we are not very hungry because of the heat. Walking back the streets were packed. This is because of Ramadan since everyone can break the fast at about 9 pm. Usually there are not crowds like this until late. People were very friendly and asking us if we needed help or directions if we stopped to check the route to the hotel on maps.me
  3. thwak

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    What a great job of documenting this adventure both in word and fantastic pictures. Gives the feeling that I'm travelling with you! Thanks so much for sharing.
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  4. pzvt

    pzvt Been here awhile Supporter

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    Awesome report. Thank you. So happy to see Iranian folk are just like the rest of us. Inquisitive and happy to meet. Was there a difference in age and attitude? I think yes. I'm amazed you can deal with the heat - I'm Canadian heritage and that is too warm. Were you're moisture breaks tea and or water. Seems tea is the preferred. All the best and thanks for posting.


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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Twack Thank so much for the support!! So appreciate you taking the time to give us a shout out! Starting the Pamir this weekend!!! Sara
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks!! Yes they are and NOT what you see on TV! They were friendly and keen to meet us at all ages. The older women even were very excited to have photos with us. At times not dealing to well since we are from never hot Vancouver. Its ok when you are moving up to about 38-39. When you are stopped or in traffic above 34 is hard. We all have had a few days when we were a wreck getting to the hotel with heat and dehydration. Lucky its too hot to be out in the afternoons and we have cold showers and naps. Our guide always had hot water and made us tea at least once a day, but most of the things we bought were water or cola. Thats what is cold. Thanks for posting. Sara
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Happy anniversary it is June 22 and 5 years since we started the trip and it is our 21 wedding anniversary. We have a big day planned and set out at 830 to drive the 60 km back north to visit Persopolis. This was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BC).

    [​IMG]Iran-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Iran-36 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
    You enter first thru the “Gate of all Nations”.


    [​IMG]Iran-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Iran-18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Despite the heat we climbed up to the tomb of the king Artaxerxes II , which also has a panorama of the site.

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

    [​IMG]Iran-29 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persepolis

    covering from the climb with an iced frappe!

    [​IMG]Iran-33 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Next we drove a few km to the Necropolis where the tombs of the kings are located.

    [​IMG]Iran-35 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  10. Saralou

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    Now it is back to Shiraz and a visit to the Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque and it’s bazaar. We unfortunately are not here at the correct time of day for this time of year, because when you are the light thru the stained glass is spectacular.



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

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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It is after 4 and near 40 so time to retreat to the hotel. Daniel went a few blocks away to the “car part” street and found another fuel pump for 16$. The travel agent Lollie lives here and she brought us a small gift of candy.

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

    We finally went out after 9 when it is safe to eat in public and for our wedding anniversary dinner we chose rotisserie chicken.

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

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today is the last of the big days and another 450 km to Yadz. This is an almost 250 km back track as the other routes are over an hour longer at least.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-22 at 23.09.49 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-06-22 at 23.10.06 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We left the hotel at 745 and it was 26 degrees. We stopped for tea after an hour. Once we made the turn to Yazd the desert started. We stopped for some fuel, water and a break from the 38 degrees and were surrounded by people at the shady spot in front of the restaurant.

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

    [​IMG]Iran-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
    On the way we ran across an old mud fortress.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a bit of cooler temperatures to 31 in the hills, but it was over 40 for the last 45 minutes into the city.

    Our traditional/boutique hotel is near the main square and down one of the very narrow laneways of this adobe city. Step one get into the aircon and have a quick rest. We are all a bit delirious from the heat. The hotel owner drove us a few km away to a restaurant that was serving food in the late afternoon. This is a challenge in ramadan. Now back for a bit longer rest on a very full stomach. In the evening after 8 it was a bit cooler and after 9 you can get something to eat, but as it was still hot we decided on ice-cream for dinner.

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


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

    These charity boxes are everywhere in Iran.
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  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we will see a few of the sights of the city, but you have to be done this by 1 when it will be over 40. We started out with a visit to the fire temple which is a place of worship for Zoroastrians.


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

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    The towers of silence is a Zoroastrian site that was used for “burial” until 60 years ago. They believe the body must be purified after death (a corpse is considered a host for decay) and this is done by leaving it in the sun to be cleaned to bones by vultures and then the bones dissolved by lye. It is a bit of a hike up, but it is only 30 fish now at 9 am.

    [​IMG]Iran-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Next stop is a garden complex that has a wind tunnel. This is a natural air-condition unit. It is an inferno out and we retreated to the hotel and after all theses long days we were asleep all afternoon. We ventured out again after 8 for some food and a stroll.
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  17. DavidM1

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    I like the evening socialising that occurs in really hot countries. I guess Ramadan emphasises it.

    Happy Anniversary. Your photos of Persepolis are great.
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  18. mountaintenereman

    mountaintenereman riding.........home.

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    Wow, adventure is such a beautiful thing.
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  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks! Yes the streets are alive after 9 pm in Ramadan. With the heat everyone is inside until at least after 8. There are lots of people giving out sweets and candies after sunset. Sara
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Mostly beautiful sometimes frustrating and challenging, but always worth it in the end!!! SP
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