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Two Nights in the Orchard

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Almost two years ago when Europe still felt like a world away we were contacted by a fellow Volkswagen owner and mechanical engineer from Turkey, interested in obtaining a copy of the CAD file that Brad made of Nacho’s body, which he had used to design our cabinets. Eren, after receiving the file, invited us to his home for tea if…

Take Me Back to Constantinople

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From the moment we set foot in Istanbul it felt like we had fallen into a love affair of sorts. It didn’t matter that we had unknowingly stationed ourselves for the next month in Balat, or Little Tehran as it’s known, Istanbul’s most traditional Muslim neighborhood. It took us a while to come to this realization but Balat was quite literally like no…

Turkey – Istanbul, Dogbiscuit, Some Raki, And A Genius Idea

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Turkish Border Guard 101 – note the serious faces required
(Dogubayazit, Turkey)
We rolled over the border into Turkey, to great amusement for the Turkish border guards. My Iranian helpers disappeared in a flash. Most probably because they managed to break my number plate while pushing Boris over the border. Huseyn the friendly border guard (who just happened to of studied…

A Motivational Speech from Kiwi Ted – Fire It Up Big O!!

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I recently received this motivational speech from Kiwi Ted
Fire it up, Big O!!
We are nearly there. It’s just a short 6,000 kms drive back to London. 13 days is plenty of time. We can do it!
Challenges are always the toughest towards the end. Remember when you didn’t think we’d make it to the start line but we did.…

Is that the Bosphorus Straits? It sure is!! – Leg 4 is complete!!

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Is that the Bosphorus Straits? It sure is!!
(Istanbul, Turkey)
Hi All,
Boris, Kiwi Ted and I arrived in Istanbul safely. We crossed the Bosphorus Straits on Saturday to complete Leg 4 of The Great Game Expedition in unconventional style. Due to Boris’ gearbox problems we covered the last 4000 kms on the back of a range of trucks and…

Tehran – It’s Sights, Scenes & Magical People

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Shahram – My Legendary Tehran Fixer
(Iran)
It was a welcome sight to finally make it to Tehran and to meet Shahram. I’d been looking forward to exploring Iran for months and here was my chance to do a little sightseeing and sample some of the famous Iranian hospitality.
After dropping Boris off we headed out for a delicious late…

The Race Home for Christmas

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Day: 255
KLMS: 40,539
With the Africa leg of our journey completed, it was now a race against time to fulfil our promise of being home by Christmas. We had decided that the best route home would be to catch a boat from Israel to Italy, using Grimaldi, a reliable Italian cargo company rather than trying to face the nightmare…

Reminiscing About Leg 2 – The Turkmenistan to Kyrgyzstan Photo Gallery

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While I’ve been stuck in Tehran (Iran) over the last couple of weeks I’ve had the chance to reminisce about previous sections of the journey. Leg 2 from Turkmenistan to Kyrgyzstan was a fast paced, exciting race against the clock though some of the most beautiful and scenic countries along the Silk Road. At the time I thought this was the…

Merry Flippin Christmas – A Letter from Boris

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Dear Jonny,
What do you think your playing at mate?!
I’ve been faithfully carrying you around the Central Asian continent for 8 months now and how do you repay me? You get us stranded in Zahedan, Iran. The one country in the region where you can’t access any cash to buy your way out of trouble, and the one region…

12/11/2013 – 160 days/15248 miles

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I just made it to India, but am waiting on my bike. I’m having some serious motorcycle withdrawals and have almost considered renting one of these…

Other than that, I’m photoless, but here’s the story of how my shipping experience went out of Turkey…
 
I spent two days with the guys at the cargo area of the Istanbul airport.…

Disaster Strikes in Iran, The Nightmare before Xmas (in Zahedan) & The 6 Disciples of Boris

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I’m finally in Iran
(just over the border from Pakistan, Iran)
I received a friendly welcome from the Iranian border guards and was directed towards immigration and customs. They took my paperwork and told me to sit and wait. 2 hours later I was free to go. Well, free to go with an escort. They weren’t over just yet. Baluchistan…

Oman

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Muscat

We bekijken de Sultan Qaboos Grand Moskee. Vooral het plafond en de tuin zijn prachtig.Hij heeft het op een na grootste tapijt ter wereld (na  Abu Dhabi). Daarna nog een rondje internetten op het visum van Soedsn te organiseren. We krijgen langzamerhand wel genoeg van de claustrofobische hokjes in hete internetcafés. We willen oud Muscat bekijken, maar daar is…

12/10/2013 – 159 days/15248 miles

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I’m heading to India.
I’m really excited.
I’m going with virtually no plans.

I’m excited mainly because I don’t really have any idea about what to expect.  I’ve never been there, but of course know plenty of people that have, so I’ve heard stories and descriptions…it’s beautiful, there’s poor people, traffic is bad, people are wonderful, food is good, it’s…

12/06/2013 – 155 days/15241 miles

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My friend, Hazal, and I made a trip to Cappadocia.  With my bike being stored at the airport in preparation for the flight to India, we took a flight there, and left the bike behind. Cappadocia is a region in central Turkey that is known for it’s incredibly unique landscape.
The first cool thing about Cappadocia is the natural rock…

Out of Africa

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Day: 242
KLMS: 37,597
Egypt was the first country we’d been rather sceptical about visiting. With the ousting of Morsi only a few months previously and violent protests still occurring across Egypt the instability and unpredictability of the situation had made us question whether we should be attempting to drive across. However, from other travellers and local information, we learned…

12/03/2013 – 152 days/15241 miles

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The original Galata Tower, built in 528, was used as a lighthouse and as the northern end of the “great chain”, which was stretched across the golden horn to prevent enemy ships from passing. It was destroyed in 1203, during the 4th Crusade. In 1348, the tower was rebuilt at a slightly different site (this is what still stands today)…

11/28/2013 – 147 days/15224 miles

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Not surprisingly, Istanbul makes me feel further from home than anywhere I’ve been yet…both geographically and culturally. After five days here, I don’t have much desire to move on. I think this is due to the fact that there’s a seemingly infinite amount of things to see here, and I met a lovely girl that’s showing me around to all…

The Badlands of Baluchistan, A Braking Boris & Holidaying in Quetta

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Bahawalpur Estate where the BBQ was held
(Bahawalpur, Pakistan)
Armed with my Iranian visa I set off for the border. Seven smooth days with no problems, then I’d be out of the region’s trouble spots and safely in Iran enjoying the famed hospitality I’d heard so much about.
My first stop on the tour of Southern Pakistan was the city…

Pakistan – Returning to the Sights & Sounds of Lahore & Islamabad

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On my return to Islamabad I had the chance to catch up with a Jon Boone. Jon is working in Islamabad as a journalist for the Guardian newspaper in the UK. Jon had been based in Afghanistan for a number of years and was now covering Pakistan. My arrival was just as the Pakistan Taliban announced a new leader, in…

West Iran

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In  verband mdet de internetcensuur in Iran heeft deze blog een elementaire opmaak  en geen foto’s. We zullen dit verbeteren zodra het mogelijk is.
Meer  van Van
Het  meer van Van is het grootste meer van Turkije, tegen de Iraanse grens aan op  1700 meter hoogte. Wanneer we er aankomen is het zwaarbewolkt en koud en de  volgende ochtend is…

Crossing to Jordan and first meal:)

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After a really long drive in Syria we entered Jordan via Jaber, which is probably one of the most used border crossing by visitors. The whole process with paper work took us around two hours. We got our visas at the border – 20JD (Jordan Dinar) =  around 30 USD (and it is for most of the nationalities).
We needed…

Mujib and Dana Natural Reserves

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Mujib Nature Reserve is the lowest nature reserve in the world, with a spectacular array of scenery near the east coast of the Dead Sea. We were driving around Mujib Nature Reserve enjoying magnificent views created by the Mother Nature in that part of Jordan. Absolutely beautiful scenery!

We also did Canyoning – we were walking, climbing and jumping in…

Door Turkije

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Meer foto’s volgen. De internetverbinding is te slecht.
Safranbolu

Safranbolu is het Turkse stadje waar de traditionele houten huizen het beste bewaard zijn gebleven. Het heeft schilderachtige straatjes, hoewel het niet groot is en erg toeristisch. De ochtend begint grijs, later breekt de zon door.

Capadocië

We gaan verder richting Capadocië. We maken doorsteken om Ankara te vermijden en rijden…

Amman

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Amman is the capital of Jordan and also city of contrasts – a unique blend of old and new. There are plenty of modern buildings, hotels, restaurant, coffee shops and art galleries. The city is crowned by the Citadel and a hill with ruins of the Temple of Hercules. At the foot of the Citadel lies the huge Roman Theater.…

Dead Sea

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Dead Sea Depression – definitely one of the most amazing places in the world. It is situated in beautiful landscape of the Jordan Rift Valley and it’s the lowest spot on earth at more than 400m below sea level. The Dead Sea depression is called by Jordanians the “Sunken Land”, however, it is been observed that the sea is shrinking…

Machaerus

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During our exploration of the Jordan Valley, we visited Machaerus (Mukawir) – the execution site of the John Baptist.

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Petra

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Maps of Pera

Petra – I guess most of us have seen famous Indiana Jones and the Holy Grail. The most famous action of the movie was taken in that site. No wonder that Hollywood had chosen Petra as this is amazing place. Almost as spectacular as the monuments themselves are the countless shades and Neapolitan swirls formed in the…

Wadi Rum on our own

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Wadi Rum – (Wadi = dry river valley characteristic for the desert) also knows as the Valley of the Moon is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rocks. It is the largest wadi in Jordan. A maze of monolithic rocks capes rise up very high (up to 1,800m) creating a natural challenge for hikers. This place looked amazing…

Istanboel en Zwarte Zee

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Istanboel

Onze derde dag in Istanboel begint goed. We halen onze Iraanse visa op en staan in vijf minuten weer buiten. Dit wordt een echt culturele dag. We bekijken eerst de Aya Sophia. Hoewel we er al eerder geweest zijn blijft het indrukwekkend wat ze vijftienhonderd jaar geleden wisten te bouwen. We lunchen in een druk, net tentje en bekijken…

Aqaba

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Aqaba – greatly prized as Jordan’s window to the sea. It brings a refreshing release from the rose-colored desert to the north. It is also the largest city on the Gulf of Aqaba and Jordan’s only coastal City. No wonder, that Aqaba in one of the major tourist attractions in the country. It is known for its sandy beaches, indigo-colored…