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Published: November 10th 2017
Geo: 29.602, 52.5313
Yep the title say's it all. Left Esfahan and found a fantastic shopping centre..even better that Kaufland. We were early so had to wait 1 hour until open, however it was worth the wait to get a good supply of food and other stuff that had been difficult to get elsewhere.
Drove south towards Shiraz. Stopped on the way to check out a traditional village. This one had been continually occupied for 2500 years. Crazy really. One continual theme for Iran is how honest, generous and friendly the people are. It seems it is a traditional Muslim thing. A far cry from what we see and hear back home. Lisa particular has had to have her photo taken with a lot of women.
Got back on the road after a spot of lunch, a three lane highway all the way. Not what we were expecting for central Iran. The drivers fail to conform to any of our expectations of rational driving. Not sure why the cars are even supplied with indicators. It does not seem to have been part of driving instruction to use them. Overtaking then slamming on the brakes infront of our car so you can either check out
It hit the guard rail further to the right of the photo and then slid down the road.
the Car or wave is a common problem. Keeps us on our toes.
One single axle truck, overtook us on a downhill bend, dropped a wheel off the shoulder and Darren Driving casually says "this is going to be a big crash". Sure enough, he lost control, swerved across infront of us, struck the crash barrier on the opposite side of the highway. This was enough to give him a kick and the back lifted and the truck rolled on its side. We were all doing about 90 kms so the truck then slid down the highway for about 50 metres before coming to rest across the two lanes infront of us. Wow it was just like a scene out of Die Hard 4. The driver then emerges from the top of the crashed cab with blood streaming down his head. Lisa then notices there was another person in the cab and jumps out to start running to help. The second guy manages to clamber out of the wreck and falls to onto the bitumen not far from the truck. Diesel is pouring onto the road and together Darren and I organise a small group of people to help move
the guy off the road onto the edge, found some cardboard to lay him on and got another piece to shelter him from the sun. The kit of medical stuff we received from Scotty came in handy, cut his strides to see what was leaking…. One big hole in the side of the knee with no squirting blood… excellent… a bit of a clean up and applied a big bandage and waited for the EMS 115 crew to front up. Left Lisa with the chap and I went off to try to bring the traffic under control…. All the whilst I was pondering this type of stuff is much easier with the rest of the Paracombe crew to help… where the hell were ya all…
Having done all we could we buggered off to find a place to have a cuppa and settle the nerves.
Finished the day off with a walk around Persepolis … I was very excited indeed. Slept close by in a tourist inn that allowed us to camp. Interestingly we were inundated by bull ants and after they left a Jackal came in way too close for a sniff.
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