Sunday, 11 May 2014

Goodbye Turkey. Hello Iran


It has been a real pleasure meeting the Kurdish people in the East of Turkey. They make sure I know they are Kurdish as I make sure they know I am Welsh!
"Kurdish NOT Turkish"
I reply
"Welsh NOT English"

Very proud people and great at washing bikes it seems!!!
I have been a great source of amusement to everyone of them I have met. No charge for tea once again and always want to know about the bike and how much she cost. Always respectful and always time to help me on my way.
Turkey has been a real pleasure all together. A beautiful country full of wonderfully kind people. Thanks to everyone who has put me up and showed me the best of it along the way. My home is yours if ever you come to Wales (when I get one that is!!).


Now it is time to cross the last section, through the mountains and over to the Iranian Border. I am currently in Van and staying with Ozgur who has been a great couchsurfing host. He has put up with me shopping all afternoon for headscarfs and long sleeve tops! We have had a real giggle and we haven't even started on the wine yet!

I am very exited to be heading for Iran although I still need to practice taking my helmet off and putting the scarf on. I have a feeling this will happen after the wine! Perhaps I can apply the 5 second rule?

See you in Iran!!! Wohooooooooo!!!



19 comments:

  1. Hi , indeed a pleasure to see you on your solo mission. Admire your spirit . This is truly real adventure. I would also always prefer to go on such journeys so that you can be just yourself. Enjoy but only one word of advice - Take Care -. Its very important.Best wishes.

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  2. Hi , indeed a pleasure to see you on your solo mission. Admire your spirit . This is truly real adventure. I would also always prefer to go on such journeys so that you can be just yourself. Enjoy but only one word of advice - Take Care -. Its very important.Best wishes.

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  3. Hello again Steph, glad to read you are still enjoying your adventure. I've been particularly interested, in-fact fascinated by your recent posts from Turkey as I've long been harbouring plans to ride there myself. Your recent posts plus a long conversation with two Turkish chaps who run a bloody good kebab shop in Menai Bridge have spurred me on so much that I bought a teach yourself Turkish language tape and book from a charity shop in Bangor this week! The only problem I have now is deciding which bike to go on: my big Aprilia Falco or my old Honda CB500. Pluses and minuses on both sides there I think. Good look in Iran, I have a very good friend who was originally from Tehran and if the rest of the people are as friendly as him and his family then things should be great for you: his particular family are some of the nicest people I have ever met. All the best Steph, keep up the great work.

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  4. By the way... It might cheer you up to know it has been bloody terrible weather in Anglesey this weekend.

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  5. Monday afternoon 17.15 in GB and I can see from the event tracker that you have been stuck at the Iranian border for several hours. Hope there's no problem. It looked like a very minor road to the border - don't they welcome visitors?

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  6. Hi steph, I'm really looking forward to seeing how you get on in Iran, Turkey has looked after you so well, I'm still sitting here planning my bike adventure and have just booked a place on the horizons unlimited weekend in june down in Donington so really looking forward to that. I've been reading so much about riders that have travelled through Iran and it seems to be the most friendliest and hospitable places to visit. Lois Pryce has not long since come back from Iran and she can't speak highly enough of it. Also the crazy Honda C90 kid said that if he had to chose a place on earth to end up naked with out any money out in the middle of no where, and get back home from Iran would be the place of his choice. He had a great time riding through there so I'm sure you re gonna do just fine. I for one am so looking forward to your exploits ! Brilliant reading. Stay safe riding.
    Dougie

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    1. Hey Doug. Dont think I will be doing an Ed March in Iran as a woman : 0 ) but yes I believe everyone has a good time here as travellers. I am looking forward to experiencing it all for myself.

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  7. Hi steph, glad to see your having a great time. Stay safe. I'm also booked and going to horizons event! Shame you couldn't be there, it would be great to meet you person.

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    1. Thanks Tim. It would have been nice to join you all.

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  8. I thought more followers would donate to Rall4Life on the right hand column.
    Come on folks dig deep.
    Have a safe journey through Iran, enjoying your updates and up beat mood.

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    1. : 0 ) Thanks for that. All we can do is put it out there and live in hope xxx

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  9. Hello steph i am eric to toulon in france. Congratulation for your amazing adventure.
    Do you have any problems with rhonda sine your start to london ?
    Thank you and take care of you

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    1. HI Eric. No problems at all. She has not missed a beat as yet. 6,200 miles in and no worries with her. I am riding her with respect and have taken her off road as well as a lot of road miles. No problems at all. fingers crossed x

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  10. Sounds like you're having a blast. I can't imagine the sights you are seeing...absolutely amazing. Take care and be safe while travelling through Iran.

    Cheers,
    Curt

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  11. Hi, what a fafantastic blog..so glad a friend tipped me off. I'm prone to solo camping rides on my Suzuki DR 200 for a week at a time. I'm also a Muslima that wears hijab...tip: wear a square scarf folded in half, pinned under chin, and wear under helmet. Keeps helmet clean, hair tied down and 5 second rule concerns :-) Happy ridimy, Peace.

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    1. Ahem, get rid of, 5 second rule concerns. And happy Riding!

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    2. ha ha! Thanks Melliet. Good to get some advice. Glad you're enjoying the blog. Happy riding to you too.

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  12. Hi Steph. I am Eric from Gurgaon , India. Take care. Pleasure to c u. By the way are u by any chance touching Delhi or Gurgaon ?
    Best wishes. Eric

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    1. Hi Eric. Yes I will be going ot Gurgaon. Not sure when yet.

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