May 15 2008

Bad roads, the desert and an armed escort in Iran

Our journey took us from Lahore south to Multan as our planned route had to be cancelled due to the security situation in the mountains leading to Quetta. So we took the long hot journey south to come north again to reach Quetta having had an armed escort through Sibi and on to Quetta.
We then headed into Baluchastan and into the desert area. Roads here were abysmal and all 3 of us felt the strain of the heat and the slow progress. Our arrival in Iran went smoothly and after clearing customs we were given an armed escort for the 3 days we have been here. Last night we stayed in Bam which if you remember was totally destroyed in 2003 by an earthquake. The people here made us feel so welcome and still the city is in the stage of being rebuilt. The roads here are fantastic and Tara has enjoyed speeding along at 83 kph. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to download any pics but we’ll hopefully be able to do this in Turkey which we hope to reach in about 5 or 6 days time. Overall the journey has been a fantastic experience although challenging and some times very scary especially through the desert areas of Baluchastan. Our short amount of time we have for this has meant we’ve spent long periods sat on Tara who has been fantastic only a few minor breakdowns but easily fixed.

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2 Responses to “Bad roads, the desert and an armed escort in Iran”

  1. Lauraon 18 May 2008 at 5:53 am

    Hi loves
    Sounds like fun –not ! Hopefully you will have reached cooler climes by now.
    We all made sure that the “very special lady” (Dawn’s Mum) had a wonderfull 70th birthday.We had a wee drink for you –+everyone we could think of haha.
    Will keep tabs on your progress.
    love laurs and Mike -Aunty Doris sends her love.

  2. foresthill mobon 18 May 2008 at 10:20 pm

    boy your missing out on some really exiciting stuff here at the vineyard, what a shame. suzzane sends her love she;s back at work here.

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