After cycling in the dark and not findiong anywhere to camp we got invited into a “Hubble Bubble” lounge. The tall guy was the owner and had to leave to go to volleyball practice.
Iranians: If you don’t believe in god what do you believe in Finnian:Education?
We slept in one of the guys from the hubble bubble’s living room
That dot would be the closest I got to Hugo today. I was a bit sick and spent the day sweaty, red and about an hour behind him.
Farsi is painted on pretty much every wall in sight
Mosque in Germi
Our iranian posse
After waking up to ice blocks in my cleats, I learned that I would have to clean them out before night fell. When everything we own turned to ice
Hugo heating up his iPad after it says it’s too cold to work
Freewheeling downhill with a view like that. Definitely one of those moments you stop and think ” and I cycled here?”
I believe i was listening to The Real Slim Shady when taking this photo
They love volleyball in Iran
The government’s advertising can be pretty crazy at times
This guy very kindly gave us a free breakfast and some cinnomon tea
After i left to get some water i the shop keeper produced a seat and some chai and i chatted with him and his friends. After i finished the chai i felt i would be keeping Hugo. I found him in another building also having chai so then i got invited for more chai.
Abghoust is a mutton, potato, tomato and chickpea stew. which you pour into a bowl and mash with the mallet
Big passes are always fun
Highest we’ve been on the trip so far
Too cold to take your gloves off
That evening climbing hunch
Sun set before tabriz
Forgot to clean my cleats
Us and some kurds.
A huge amount of very larges rocks pass us every day
Easy does it, easy does it
Nothing better than waking up knowing you’ll be going downhill all day
Frozen paddy feild
Climbing out of miyaneh
The broken bridge
This was our coldest morning yet, at about 1600 metres.
Visiting a Mongols tomb
We had the whole thing to ourselves
There haven’t been many camp photos in winter because it’s usually straight into the tent
Although from the photos it may seem like we are always smiling, heres one to prove otherwise.
Hugo pulled over one morning and said ” do you want to go slegding?”
So we slide down the hill on our map cases
Iran has been really windy so far
Can put up the tent without even looking at it
Learning Farsi is hard. The shape of the letters change depending whether they are at the front middle or end of the word. We know a few letter like ‘n’. All these cities end in ‘n’.
stocking hung by the chest of drawrers with care
These lads were full of beans and wouldn’t let us go until our pockets were full of oranges
these characters gave us a christmas present of some oranges
First esspresso in three weeks.
Bazaar in Quazvin
Nothing like visiting a holy islamic shrine on christmas day
Kufic script repeating Alla Ali and Mohhomad.
You guys aren’t supposed to have these.
Regular sight of a car pulling up beside one of us and the driver having a conversation with us as cars weave around him