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Published: September 13th 2016
ZANJAN to RIVER CAMP. 10 September, 2016. Stage 95
120.50 Kms SubT. Kms 2156.90 kms . Road Condition: okWeather: BLUE SKY MILD 29c Time in Saddle: 4:15:11 Av Speed: av. 28.3 kph. Av Cadence. 78 RpmElevation: 50 m up; 50 m downCalories burned : > 5500
Today there was no headwind and no climbing, so a relatively easy day. Road was busy with trucks, mainly tip trucks, no idea where they were carting loads.
Dinner last night was in a Turkish Restaurant on the outskirts of the CBD. An excellent meal! Zanjan was a large city as I discovered riding out this morning. The city roads were very busy. Large roundabouts added to the complexity!
The original camp site was to be adjacent to an old bridge. The bridge and surrounding rocky mountainous scenery made it easy to imagine Crusaders or more likely blood thirsty Mongols riding over the hills. The camp site was occupied by about 200 goats, so the camping was shifted 3 kms down the road. The river, really just a collection of ponds, didn't look inviting for cooling off. Managed to find 10 feet of shade so I put up my tent and am resting here for
the next 7 hours!!!
RIVER CAMP to GUM TREE CAMP. 11 September, 2016. Stage 96
117:44 Kms SubT. Kms 2274.34kms . Road Condition: okWeather: BLUE SKY MILD 27c Time in Saddle: 5:04:07. Av Speed: av. 23.2 kph. Av Cadence. 72 RpmElevation: 1050 m up; 450 m downCalories burned : > 5500
Today was just another day on the bike, same scenery, same distance, same weather, same road conditions.
Last night it blew a gale most of the night, starting about 7 pm
. The wind roared down the river bed. Luckily I had set my tent up behind the bridge wall which saved me from the worst. No-one suffered any tent damage surprisingly!
Now at another bush camp, being smoked out by the cook's fire. Again the winds are swirling.
On the bike you look forward to the coke stops which generally are well placed at about 40 kms apart. Feel cheated if they are longer or non existent. The ice creams here are delicious, most are choc coated, with either vanilla or chocolate ice cream. The price for the same ice cream has varied by as much as 100%!,(MISSING) but when they are max AUD1-, it is hard to object,
but sometimes it is the principle! Some are as cheap as 12cents. Small Cokes are about 30c. I try to limit myself, but often they are the only cold item! Its more teeth than weight I am concerned about!!
GUM TREE CAMP to TABRIZ 12 September,2016. Stage 97.
69.59 Kms SubT. Kms 2343.93. kms . Road Condition: okWeather: BLUE SKY MILD 27c At start 6c. Time in Saddle: 2:29:30 Av Speed: av. 27.9 kph. Av Cadence. 73 RpmElevation: 500 m up; 900 m downCalories burned : > 4500
It was a cool night, and the coldest morning for me of the trip to date, 6c. Everyone will rearrange their day bags on the rest day and swap warmer clothing into their daily bags.
It was a good road, a 3 km long climb, a fast downhill and otherwise a reasonable grade. The scenery was similar to recent days. Everyone rode fast today. We were bussed the final 20 km, due to the supposed manic traffic in Tabriz. As it turned out the city roads were relatively quiet as it was a religious holiday that Islam shares with the Judaism, not sure of the name, but it was when God tested
Abraham's faith in him, when he asked Abraham to sacrifice his son to God.
A rest day tomorrow
and hence a hotel. Finally achieved a single room, at USD 25-pn. It even has a western toilet!! Tabriz is a city of 3 million people, both Shiraz and Estefan are larger, Tehran I have now learned has 18 million people with another 2 million visiting it daily. When work resumes tomorrow
, I will report on the traffic! Found a nearby cafe for lunch, bread with yogurt/cheese, chicken shaslick (large fire grilled pieces),Tomato and salad, more bread and a sprite- $1.50! Very tasty. On the other hand my laundry was 8,000,000 rial- $25-. It always seems expensive. As the camps have no water, I cannot wash gear daily.
The main sights here are the Blue Mosque and the Bazaar, which apparently is very large. They are adjacent and a long way from the hotel, so a taxi will be taken. I was initially keen to purchase a rug, supposedly the best place in Iran, however the patterns and texture don't have the same appeal as the Turkish rugs, and carrying it will be difficult. TDA is not accommodating on any extra baggage in the truck, even though the customer numbers have more than halved since the tour commencement. Customer Service is not a strong point!!!
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