Crossing into the unknown.....

Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
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Friday, September 3, 2010

Its really strange that the two Americans have left us, we had all been together about 6 weeks now and thats a long time in truck world!!  We have 2 spare seats but the 2 guides in Iran will use them.  We have a couple more days bush camp and one camp ground to get to the border.

Arrived at tonight's bush camp and had to take the back bumper off the truck as we were starting to get to places that we needed to go quite off road to find some where ok to camp.

Next day we drove to Nemruit Dagi (not sure of spelling but if you want to know more just goggle, anyway its a very very big Mouton, not the sort of place you would usually imagine taking a 32t truck....and 40 passengers!!  Anyway on the climb we stopped at a dried up lake for a picnic lunch,  JC decided to get as close as he could to what water there was and wammmmm the truck got stuck!! It was sooo exciting it was our first truck stuck and the men were quite excited, they all ran off the truck and grabbed spades and stones to start the dig out process, JC was a bit worried that we could be stuck there all day, it was in the midday sun and there was not shade...  Anyway it all worked out ok, we were pulled out in no time at all and we all sat down and had a picnic lunch.

Once we arrived at the top of the mountain we all climbed right up to the top to watch the sun go down together.  Then the a team +1 decided that we would sleep out under the stars tonight, this would be my first experience of sleeping out in the open so I was really excited.  We setup camp quite close to the truck just in case we needed to roll under for protection during the night....

It was all ok until at about 5am there were some tourist buses pulled up right close to us, inch's away....and all the people were looking out the window at us like we were animals in a zoo or something, luckily they didn't run us over and we survived the night.

I think we are all really keen to get to the border now and cross into Iran, we are all quite intrigued as to what Iran is going to be like.....

Border Day

So that morning all the ladies dressed up in their outfits and we set off for the border, we had had a truck clean the day before to remove any items that were unfit to be taken through the border, alcohol, unsuitable pictures and books etc etc, quite weird actually we all had to go through our bags!!!

Ali told us that we could be in for quite a wait at the border so be prepared!!  Bambi was quite sick today so she was really not looking forward to the border crossing at all.  Ali also said that she will know the minute she meets the guides what they are going to be like, you know how strict they would be with us.

It turned out that because we finger print any Iranian that enters Britain that they do the same to us, with bright blue ink that does not wash out!! LOL

We all got through and the truck, turns out the longest bit was waiting to get a fuel card, as its costs less to purchase fuel here than water you are giving an allowance and have to get a card for it, so we had to wait around quite a while for that.

Turns out the 2 guides were pretty good chaps, one of them had a nickname of dolphin because he done a lot of swimming but I kindly informed in that he did not suit that so I set him a new name of flipper which everyone seem to like, I seem to get the job of setting the nick names....Peaches has defiantly stuck....for life!!

When we arrived at bush camp, the woman were allowed to lower their headscarf's but Ali told us to always have them in reach at all times, it was not so nice, we only had them on a day and we were all fed up with them already...what fun we were going to have!!

Its not very easy for woman to put up tents in these stupid long black dresses, I think the men should be doing everything for us in Iran!! No wonder you don't see woman out on the streets in Iran, they just stay at home and wear their non going out gear, much easier than trying to do anything in this gear.

The Iranian guides are obliviously not used to camping, they did not seem to come prepared for our bush camps etc!! Oh what fun we are going to have with these guys in the next couple of weeks!!

Today we drive to Tabriz, and we have a hostel to stay in, just hope there is an area inside were ladies can remove their headscarf's?  Shared a room with the usual A team +1 and we had D and fluke in our room, lets just hope D has learned to sort his snoring out a bit!!  Also we seemed to get the only room that had a squat toilet, all the others had normal loos!! Suppose we better start building up our thighs for all these squat loos we are going to have to use!! LOL

This being our first real experience was going to be interesting, we had not idea how the locals would take to us, they dint get many tourists so could go either way!!

Well the old Three Amigos had a wonderful day, they ended up being taken out to lunch and dinner by a load of Iranian English teachers, then back to one of their homes for more food (they would have had alcohol if their uncle or someone would have been home...), they were so funny, big John reckoned it was his orange shirt and lost look that attracted them!!!  It turns out that the Iranian people quite like us....

Its also strange that when we arrive at a place, we hunt out the Internet, within a few minutes some of us had found the Internet cafe and we probably all managed to pay a visit to it during our short stay here.  We also seem to all end up at the same place for food, JC came out to dinner with us tonight and when we arrived most of the truck were also there!!

Iran is beginning to grow on me, its great having the guides as they do all the translating for us and find us what ever we need!!!
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