Last update was from April, a lot has happened, of course. Turkey was great, and Istanbul was the most insane city I have ever seen. In Turkey I have been a ‘special guest from Holland’ at a primary school, have slept in the courtyard of a mosque, and have partied with gas station clerks.
Iran proved a great country for cycling. Beautiful scenery, friendly people, good food. The two supreme leaders can be seen depicted on every streetcorner and their stringent faces make sure people follow the islamic rules. In public that is, in private people are less willing to comply, making the Iran society a bit ambiguous, or hypocritic.
On to Turkmenistan then? Well, no. I have not been denied my Turkmen visa but the process took so long I decided to cycle to Azerbaijan instead. I did not want to risk waiting for a denial, and i have met a lot of people having been denied entry to Turkmenistan.
Tomorrow i will try to take a ferry from Alat (Azerbaijan) to Aqtau (Kazakhstan). Uzbekistan will probably be conquered by train and around the beginning of July I hope to arrive in Dushanbe (Tajikistan).
Keep you posted!
Selfie with the famous cyclist from Ollanda!
With every call to prayers some people came to visit me, in the morning they gave me breakfast.
This is Ben, his bike broke down so he started walking to India.
Beautiful Amasya, where I took two rest days.
The scenic d100 road
A toothbrush selfie with Ben and Maria, who I met in Iran.
My girlfriend came to visit me in Iran, where we visited Teheran, Kashan, Isfahan (photo) and Yazd.
Ancient village near Yazd
Ferry from Alat to Aqtau
Julia, Remy, Tim and Julien.