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September 8th 2016
Published: September 8th 2016
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TEHRAN to TAKESTAN 8 September, 2016. Stage 93
56.17 Kms SubT. Kms 1893.17 kms . Road Condition: Rough 50% due to Road construction. Balance okWeather: BLUE SKY MILD 25c Time in Saddle: 2:22:14.

Av Speed: av. 23.7 kph. Av Cadence. 74 RpmElevation: 500 m up; 150 m down

Calories burned : > 4500

After 3 nights we departed Tehran by bus due to the manic traffic and convoluted highways and freeways. We drove about 130 kms, 80 kms of which was still within Greater Tehran! 15 million people need room. A huge amount of construction was passed, multi highrise developments that look like public housing. No grass. Even the train carriages are double stories. Past the airport name after A. Khomeini.

Tehran surrounded by naked hills, which in winter are snow covered, apparently the skiing is good and locally popular.

The people are friendly and welcoming. Perhaps more so than Any other country on route. They are also exceedingly polite.

The ride was hectic at times due to new road construction, riding down highway on the wrong side into facing traffic, not a lot of fun, but was the only option. Camp is in the grounds of a basic hotel, dusty and very windy. Every flap is locked down tight, or it currently seems so!!


9th September 2016

Roger - I am finding your blogs on Iran particularly interesting. Certainly I had no idea so many people had died in the Iraq war. I would like to go to Iran one day as it seems a very interesting country. it is also good I feel to break down barriers by interacting with local people. Now back to my stuffy court room in Bradford.
9th September 2016

I think you would like Iran, esp a visit to the other popular historic centres. So much history here, and very friendly and excited to see foreigners. Apparantly Iran has a suzable Jewish population and many tabernacals?.

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