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Getting to know Iran
Sunday, 12 November 2006
After the traffic congestion ordeal in Tehran we fled south looking for another Mercedes Benz dealer to stock up with spare parts and some engine service. The old Saveh road from Tehran is packed with industrial activity. We had two Benz truck dealers on our official dealer  list and we found none of them – but we are getting used to ‘the not finding’ Benz dealers. It might just be a part of road life in Iran. But when you least expect it – what you are looking for finds you.
After 1 week of Iran
Sunday, 08 October 2006
Leaving the Lalezar campsite in Dogubayazit - Turkey for Iran felt like starting a new episode in our journey. Looking back at all the preparations to get here, the short drive to the Iranian border felt strange. Just as if it was not happening. The snowy top of Mount Ararat was shining bright and we hoped for an uneventful and easy border crossing. Dream on….

The 16 Erzurum days
Monday, 11 September 2006
We got our Iranian tourist Visa on the 15th day after we applied for the Visa at the Iranian consulate in Erzurum. It was quite a wait but it was not in vain. We got 3 months to get ourselves into Iran and 30 days excluding a possible extension to travel around.

In the meanwhile we’ve roamed Erzurum for a bit and it’s surroundings. There’s some info further down for anyone who’s also planning to try and get the visa in Erzurum.

Looking back the Erzurum days been a nice time – mainly because we’ve found a few nice places to stay and got some rest after the drive through Turkey.

Looking back - 4 weeks of Anatolian Turkey
Sunday, 03 September 2006

Turkey is a BIG country – long stretched from west to east on the Anatolian high plateau. We took the shortest route to Erzurum crossing the plateau from Bursa to Erzurum experiencing the many faces a country can have. It’s been a hot dusty ride – crossing big cities like Bursa and Ankara and small villages with nothing more than a few houses. This route is the east to west transport route with mainly Turkish truckers mixed with Iranians and Romanians.

Coming from Europe – Turkey has a pretty distinct identity. Life on the streets is typical and easily recognisable as Turkish. First of all by the overload of public transport and the many people using it. From small Ford Transit busses to modern Mercedes Travego’s coaches all hauling people from A to B – 24 hrs a day all over the country. It’s practically impossible not to find transport – it’s simply all around on the main routes.

Unmistakeably next is the presence of Police, Military and commercial guards all well equipped with all sorts of firearms. At first we got to think there’s something wrong somewhere but we slowly remembered this from our 2000 journey through Turkey.

Turkey - On the road to Erzurum
Tuesday, 22 August 2006
It’s been 6 years ago since we first travelled through Turkey overland. Crossing the landborder at Ipsala wasn’t a new experience, in 1,5 hour we were done and on the road to Bursa. We planned the shortest route through Turkey, pretty much a straight line from Bursa through Ankara to Erzurum. A trip of 2100 Km crossing the Anatolian high plateau. Along the route we stopped at Bursa for truck maintenance and in Ankara for visa info and an internet connection. The rest was just driving, however not completely uneventful.
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