Week 7

Week 7

Lorry hit a car on the motorway as we were driving through Iran !
Lorry hit a car on the motorway as we were driving through Iran !

Our first day back on the road we had a long drive to Goreme to collect our passports. The drive in and out of Goreme was absolutely amazing as you will see in the pictures, what they call “the fairy castles” after seeing this and collecting our passports we carried on so we could get some more miles done and drove through the mountains until dark and then stopped at another petrol station for the night ready for a 6:30am start the next day where we had a 6 hour drive to the Iranian boarder. After taking an hour and a half to get through the Iranian boarder we were finally through with no problems, it was all straight forward. Then we had to spend another half an hour getting insurance which was again straight forward with no problems. That night we camped at another petrol station. The next day we set off and stopped off in a small town to find an Internet cafe, we stopped to ask some very nice locals and they invited us into their shop to use the wifi, gave us both some tea and offered us food but as we were in a rush to get to the Turkmenistan border we declined it, as we went to leave they gave us a box of chocolates as a gift which was more than expected as we were only going in to use the wifi. Then we carried on through the last town before the boarder and up into the mountains, about 30KM into the mountains we noticed some of the troubles and smells we had just before the gear box broke down before so we said next chance we have to pull over at the side of the road we will but just before pulling over at the side of the road we noticed smoke coming into the cab so pulled over on a rough lay by and jumped out to have a look underneath. We noticed the gear box hadn’t completely broke down but was on the verge of breaking so we camped their for the night and then set off rolling down the mountain roads the next morning. As you got into the town and pared up a group of about ten people surrounded us interested in the vehicle, eventually we managed to ask them for a lowrider to take us to the closest big city, which was Mashhad, Iran. After waiting about 6 hours it eventually arrived from Mashhad and we were soon on our way to Mashhad Lorry terminal. After a few nights of camping at the Lorry terminal a container eventually arrived, after the Land Rover had been put in the container we stayed in a awful hotel for longer than we expected because of paper work trouble but eventually we got a flight with a transfer at Istanbul.