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Some observations from the plane by Ali (although the view was hampered by the wing of the plane).
We flew over Iran and close to the Iran/Iraq/ Turkey border. The land was brown and quite barren looking. There were a few mountain ranges. I saw some lakes, one of which was bordered by ash grey land.It was actually quite similar to Lake George near Canberra in ...
... out but we're told to go.
Not sure if this will be my last blog for about 10 days as we cross into or an tomorrow and I have been told we can't even send emails in Iran. For the whole time we will have to ride as one group and will be escorted by a government appointed guide.
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Will blog again soon.just heading off for my last beer for 10 days until we get out of Iran
... meant we didn't make our planned bush camp at Lake Van so we ended up camping alongside a small river in a none so pretty valley dotted with litter. One of the best meals yet: salmon pasta! Alex had a wash in the river and Caroline succumbed to the truck bug, finding a rock to stick to for most of the night. Day 33! Drive day to Dogubayazit with some skirting ...
... more haphazard! My day was interrupted by a pretty grim lunch that was improved by the huge amount of interest shown in me and my bike by the many waiters at the roadside eatery. This was especially enhanced, when I said I was an Arsenal fan because there were a number of Galatasaray fans working there who enjoyed recounting their teams victory, by penalties, over Arsenal in the 2000 final of the Uefa Cup ... a big deal to the non football educated. It was ...
... point but managed to capture some great pictures which have imprinted the memory forever. We arrived in Van, on a sunny day with kids on their way to school. I left the bus station quickly, got the most expensive taxi who ripped me off, as most of them have once they realize I am a 'naive' tourist. I managed to find a nice hotel room for 70 Lira which was clean, simple, well furnished and comfortable. I took a shower, threw my abaya in the trash and went to ...