Day 100: Zanjan to Soltanieh

We were going for a bit of a half day today – or rather it ended up being a half day, we were delayed in the morning with some bike issues that took some time to work out and it was late morning by the time we got going.



Ice on the tent in the cold morning


Feeling the cold


Heading back to the main road from camp

We were passing by a UNESCO heritage site, a domed mausoleum belong to one of the Mongol rulers of Persia from the thirteenth century. It was only six km out of the way and we figured we’d look around and head on.


Flat roads and blue skies


Well by the time we reached Soltanieh after a long flat morning riding next to snow gleaming in the sun it was late afternoon. We just changed it to another half day and spent the rest of the daylight in town.


The approach to the mausoleum

We timed our visit to the mausoleum with sunset. We found ourselves out up on the roof of the building looking out if the flat countryside as the sun dipped under the mountains that marked the limit of the flat basin.


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After that it was, of course, dark and so we got back to the bikes and rode a small distance out of town, looking for somewhere with some coverage from the road in the flat terrain. There were some piles of dirt now covered with snow that we set up behind. It wasn’t great shelter if the wind blew in, but it was a clear night and calm the whole way through. We were up at 1800m now though, so it was certainly our coldest night yet.



3 thoughts on “Day 100: Zanjan to Soltanieh

  1. Hey guys! I’m a bit confused by your itinerary, but it’s great reading you guys are still doing well! And as for the cold; just keep that beard growing 😉

  2. Hi guys, this is Gary M from 51 Grosvenor Sq. My wife and I lived downstairs from you. Phyllis mentioned your trip and we’ve been following it eagerly. Really inspiring stuff. Good luck with the rest of the road.

  3. Sergiy says:

    Hi guys! this is Sergiy – ukrainian guy, met you at hostel in Baku. How’s your travel? Where are you now! Worring about you in Pakistan.

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