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.
We started off climbing and descending up and down along the Alborz mountain range. Then we crossed this range and descended all the way down from 2300 meters to 0 meters. The road was great, although very busy. It was green, there were rice fields and lush forrest. The greatest change was the enormous humidity. Definitely different. Just before the Caspian coast we headed east again, so we never actually saw the sea. We did notice the impact of all the moist. We were wet constantly and nothing dried. We passed Gorgan, the Golestan National Park and after that we were in the desert again for our final stretch to Mashhad. 12 days on the bike.
We were lucky that our Warmshowers host Siavash invited us for a tour around Gorgan. We saw a lot of families picnicking in the mountainous forest area. It was amazingly busy! We parked the car and went for a stroll around the area. Siavash is a really funny guy who likes to make jokes a lot and it was nice to be able to relax at his place. He also took us up on a hilltop for a nice view of Gorgan.