Iran 2019

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  1. rumpel

    rumpel Been here awhile

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    First of all sorry for my english, i'll be use google translator.

    This story begins at the end of 2018. A friend calls me and tells me that he signed up for a moto transport in October to Georgia and then he goes to Iran and asks me what my plans are for 2019. I had no plans. At the beginning of January, he calls again with the information that there are no more vacancies, but he put me on the reserve list. It calmed me down a bit because I was convinced that no one would give up and I would not have to go anywhere. Well, he calls on April 3 and info "there is space available, you're going". Hmm, being after few beers , without thinking I bought a plane ticket to Tbilisi. Wake up in the morning and think about what I have done, how do I have a vacation, etc.

    In the meantime, i gave the moto to the service (usually I always do the moto myself, but here somehow I had no desire or time) to prepare the equipment for me and, above all, to look at the timing chains.
    Every now and then new information comes out that Iran has stopped issuing visas and does not allow motorcycles larger than 250cc. Well, the vision of Iran is receding, but there is no bad thing in Georgia and I haven't been to that yet, so there is no tragedy.

    About a month before departure, it is known that Iran has a visa and it is possible to enter by motorbike, but not so colorful, everyone who enters Iran will be banned from entering the USA for 5 years. It turns out that out of a dozen or so people, only me and Krzychu (and his wife) decide to take the risk and enter Iran. So the struggle with getting visas begins. We get along with Krzysztof and come to a conclusion, we will go legal and get a CDP subscription and so cheaper than in the offer of intermediaries (which not counting the frozen deposit). This is how it is done in PZMot for a separate story (photo in growth condition on USB, not by e-mail, etc.). Finally, a few days before departure, visiting and CDP.
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  2. rumpel

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    Ok, the longed-for Friday has come, so in the afternoon to the airport and fly to Tbilisi and this is a beautiful sight after arriving at your destination.

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    Somehow it happened that I had my birthday on that day, so you understand, chacha (Georgian alcohol) was often on our table.

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    I have no idea how the Tbilisi authorities knew about my birthday but they organized a festival, respect for them;)

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    Ok I'm in, love the pictures.
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  4. rumpel

    rumpel Been here awhile

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    ... and taht's the end of first day.
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  5. rumpel

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    This looks like a promising ride report in a year when travel isn't happening for most of us. Following.
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    I'm in!
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  8. rumpel

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    The morning is quite tough and around noon we take the motorbikes off the tow truck, pack them quickly, refuel and we drive to Armenia. Some of the team goes to Turkey and others to the Nagorny Karabakh.

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    The border goes quite smoothly on the Georgian side, but the Armenians do not quite know how to send a few motorcycleand we are in Armenia.

    We go towards the village of Sanahin and the monastery there.

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    We check in at a hotel in the town of Vanadzor. There, we order a taxi and ask for a course to the restaurant. The driver, Ivan, if I remember correctly, takes us, of course, to a friend who owns restaurants and it was a good choice.

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    We get up slowly in the morning, eat the packed leftovers for breakfast, make coffee and start packing. Something is wrong, my washed clothes were drying on the windowsill. It turned out that some little dog had dragged my socks into the bushes. but fortunately he finds them, they are intact ;) but this is not the end of our adventures with dogs, Krzychu discovers that either a dog or a cat bit a hole in his seat. Well, we have to keep going.

    It is a little bit chilly outside it is about 1400 meters above sea level.
    The first signs of autumn are already visible.
    There is Peugeot Pars on Iranian plates it is a sign that the border is getting closer.

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    We head towards Lake Sevan, just behind the tunnel we pass a column of several dozen (maybe even over 100) military trucks filled with soldiers. Some of them are pulling some howitzers or other cannons, at that time we did not know about the movements of Erdogan and his army.

    We dress warmer at the lake and go on.

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    We arrive at the Orbelian Caravanserai

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    Our destination is the Tatev Monastery.

    http://www.globtroter.info/azja-artykuly/153-armenia/1972-armenia-tatew-kolejka-linowa-do-klasztoru
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    Awesome photos, "exotic" area and good report so far! :clap
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  11. rumpel

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    thanks ;)
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    Really enjoying the report, great pictures too.:clap
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    https://www.tatever.am/en/wings-of-tatev-aerial-roadway

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/aerial-tramway-helped-save-armenias-tatev-monastery-180969545/

    After breakfast, we distribute the remaining alcohol so as not to transport it across borders. One last look at the monastery on the other side.

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    .. and back towards the monastery on the H 45 road which turns out to be a nice gravel road.

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    At Kapan, we take the E117 towards Meghri. On the serpentines, a lot of old Iranian trucks unhurriedly hauling cisterns probably filled with oil, the smell of burning brakes at the descents.

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    Meghri itself is quite an overwhelming dirty mining town, last refueling and border direction.
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    Fearful, we approach the border, judging by the pedestrians (they look like ants), we know that we have the right direction. People tear everything: bedding, blankets, some Chinese crap, pots, etc. On the Armenian side a slight mess, we fly from window to window. The customs officer handles 3 windows at a time, constantly changing the position, I think it is 45-60 minutes max. The gate opens and we fly across the river to the Iranian side. Along the way, a lot of fancy, probably confiscated cars.

    I am watching the continuing procession of Iranians, a few of them are evidently after consuming%, well, beyond the river there is prohibition.

    We approach the barrier, we are asked to leave the motorbikes and go to passport clearance, it takes 10 minutes, we return to the equipment. the barrier opens, we drive a few meters to the customs clearance. We are immediately asked to show the CDP, one question if I have alcohol. Then we wait a dozen or so minutes to the office, the Lord returns from CDP and welcomes us to Iran. We are in shock... is that already? We pass the last barrier and we are in Iran.

    Fast currency exchange, for $ 100 credits 12,000,000 Rials.

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    A young man comes up and offers sim cards for the phone. The procedure for purchasing two cards takes about 45 minutes. Passports, signatures, fingerprints, etc. but okay, and they work. We go to Tabriz by a longer but better route. A beautiful empty road, I'm starting to like it more and more;).
    We get to the city of Jolfa, signs Aras Free Trade Zone (Jolfa) everywhere, neon signs, some casino in the distance (or I predicted it), it begins to dusk.

    It's getting darker and more traffic. I will say so, how the fuck they driving, it is insane. The lights are not needed, often the front light are red or they change colors;) We are so tired that at the first station we decide that we will not get to Tabriz, the city of Marand is the closest and we will look for accommodation there. We hide after a truck that runs 80-100 km / h and we fight for our life in this traffic just to get there. We manage to find a hotel in Maranda for about 3-4$ per person

    It turns out that our phone cards do not work, we are going to the city and we need to look for a telephone sales point. The guys do not speak English, but they are calling to some guy, it turns out that the cards have been blocked because we are foreigners and we cannot have such cards, the only option is to buy and register for an Iranian (is it really true, I have no idea ), he translates by phone to one of the boys from the shop and they take two cards. Ok, everything is already working.



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    There is an unpleasant smell of burning rubbish in the whole city, I close the windows because it is impossible to breathe
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    Iran, a dream of mine!! :clap
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    Bring it on, looking forward to this ;-)
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