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October 14th 2014
Published: October 19th 2014
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Lahijan cityLahijan cityLahijan city

Area between Alborz mountains and Caspien is highly populated, Lahijan is example, does have nice lake, and a park area overlooking the city.
From Ramsar traveled East, back up towards mountains. Mr Yazd has many contacts, one is building a villa in hills West of Lahijan. So we stayed in Hamish's place who works for an airline in Tehran. Villa was warm and dry, but still bit of a building project. In-a-Jungle bit of an optimistic description, more woods or scrub, still very different to other city stops.

Tabriz was nearly last stop in Iran, some how this place feels Turkish, which is just 300km to west. Well educated people, but girls are now segregated on buses (section at back of bus), but do travel with the men in a taxi. Getting colder, now 18°C on bike, where was well over 40°C only 8 days earlier, Romania could well be 15°C lower again - brr!.

Maku just 20km from Turkey surprised me, because of depth of gorge in Zagros mountains, and huge cliff hanging over city. In the spring rainy season a massive waterfall piles over edge to land just behind houses, but recent rains not enough for even a trickle.

The guide was keen to find a real authentic last tea house,
Lunch in LahijanLunch in LahijanLunch in Lahijan

Typical chicken kebab with rice. Green 'Salt' on cucumber was different.
for me I wanted some 95octane petrol, the regular at 80oct was making bike engine knock - not good (in Marand some 200km before, found an Octane booster in bottle).

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Hamish's villaHamish's villa
Hamish's villa

Still a project, but nice getaway from Tehran. On a small plot of fairly steep land.
inside Villainside Villa
inside Villa

Typical kitchen, kettle bit odd with tea pot to stay warm on top.
Jungle viewJungle view
Jungle view

Northern Iran is wet enough to support a variety of agriculture. See fair quantity of hay stacks.
small cultivatorssmall cultivators
small cultivators

Lots small tractors cultivate the huge areas, some 4WD.
Zagroz mountainsZagroz mountains
Zagroz mountains

Large flats plains between fair size mountains.
Bike in Maku hotelBike in Maku hotel
Bike in Maku hotel

Well was raining, bit disappointed to see 2nd oil puddle, chain is normal, shock leaking is new problem!
Last tea houseLast tea house
Last tea house

We stopped in hut just outside as 6 pipe going in main room.
Dress designDress design
Dress design

On display at restaurant complex near old castle, too dark to climb the 1000 steps to castle.

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