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Out of Iran – Movember Day 29

Kathmandu Rooftop Posing

So our Iranian odyssey finally draws to a close; after a sprint to the Persian Gulf with 3 other cycle tourists; getting the news that the ferry from of Banar-e-Lengeh was cancelled, (oh course it was going to be – and to think, for a second there I thought it would be easy) and having

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Shiraz – Weird and a Bit Rubbish Actually

Moronic Posing

Firstly, I’m not talking about Persepolis or the other sights surrounding Shiraz… they were really good! I’ve not got the world’s greatest love for ruins and the like, (I much prefer natural beauty) but this was really well preserved, informative and interesting. Also as it was off season we scored a swanky cabin at the

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Standoff with the Police in Iran

Fake Police Car

So there we were, cycling along minding our own business on a road between Takeb and Bijar in Iran when 3 guys in a white pickup truck, parked at the side of the road, wave us over. Nothing unusual about that, we get people stopping to wave us over all the time in Iran, either

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Bike Shop Near Yazd, Iran

Yaghob with his steed

Bit of info for anyone cycle tourers in need of any spares and service near Yadz, (you’ll be going that way… everyone does!).

While spending time in the city we met up with Yaghob, a champion mountain bike, (and road) rider in Iran… and a thoroughly nice guy to boot! It was great, to spend

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Outdoor Grooming. Movember – Day 11

Desert Shave

So a couple of days after leaving Yazd, (including one where we only managed to cover 25km before being taken home by an Iranian mountain bike champion!) and I’m in desperate need of a shave… unruly stubble is beginning to encroach on my Mo.

But being a well prepared Gentleman Explorer I had all the

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Manly Iranian Workout Action

Best Mural Ever

This is brilliant – so brilliant that it’s my new favourite sport/activity/’goings on’; Triathlon is for suckers, what you need is to flail around with two massive wooded clubs! Check out this little video we made.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg, there is spinning about, jumping, using what look like wooden car

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Iranian Copyright Infringement Awesomeness

Fake Brooks Saddle

So yeah, Iran doesn’t give a shit about international copyright law or IP… they will straight up use, abuse and mutilate any logo or character they feel like. I realise that this isn’t unique to Iran, but I did seem some awesome examples here… including some quite relevant bike related ones. Enjoy!

Esfahan had some

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The Pool – Swimming in Iran

Phil Swimming

While in Hamedan the family we were staying with offered to take me, (not Kat… forbidden) to the local pool for a swim – “great” I thought, haven’t had a chance to get in any swim training, (although training is a strong word for what I’ve been doing on tour) for a while. Turns out,

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Across the Desert. Movember – Day 6

The Mo Day 6

So the Mo adventure continues; after a couple more days exploring Esfahan with nothing more than a brush of stubble covering my face, we fitted our extreme tires and headed out into the desert to reach Yazd.

A Caravanserai. We were told by a local that if we camped there a dirty

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Him Again! Movember – Day 2

Mo Champ Again

So, we’re in a rather splendid tea house in down town Esfahan; nibbling on some local sweets, sipping a çay and generally putting the world to rights with one of our new Iranian friends, when I spy something interesting on the wall.

Isfahan Tea House

“Brilliant, another find example of the Middle

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