Bicycle touring in Iran
Bicycle touring Iran gave a new dimension to our journey. Our personal perception would be triggered on a daily basis, differences in culture embraced and negotiating traffic would almost become the norm. It was very special to tour this country of which most people only have an idea that has been created by media. We entered Iran during Ramadan on the 8th of July 2014 and left the country on the 24th of August 2014. We have cycled 2016 km and ascended 10833 meters.
In Iran we are really heading east. The route out of Tehran goes straight in the direction we are heading. We decided to take the longer North-east Iran route to Mashhad so we could avoid cycling only in the desert and heading to the apparently more humid and green Caspian Sea area. See latest photos: Tehran to Golestan and Golestan [...]
The days sorting out our visa in Tehran were stressful and hot. Somehow it all worked out very well for us and in two days of searching for embassies we had the visa we needed. If you wonder how and what, please read our post “Iranian and Central Asian visa Information”. Latest photos : Tehran, Desert day, Isfahan, Yazd, Shiraz and [...]
The intensity of Iran has kept a high level regarding people, temperature, headwind and experiences. The last few days we have been cycling over small roads. One Iranian said: “that way only desert and small village”, and wanted us to take the main highway. We thought: “perfect”, and continued on the small road towards the desert and, [...]
While we cycled over the last Turkish mountain pass (2250m) before reaching the Turkish/Iranian border we were imagining how welcoming Iran would be and how much would change. See all photos West Azerbaijan Iran The border crossing was a bit hectic. As they are building a new border the traffic is redirected around the building site, mini busses [...]