98km Deh Shir to Yazd

Cycling into a puff of black smokeIt was a challenging climb out of our camping spot behind the police station in Deh Shir and up to the top of the mountain range that lies just before Yazd but we couldn’t really complain because the rest of the ride was downhill – a good 80km without turning our pedals around.

Beautiful. Our speedometers topped out at 75km an hour as we flew towards Yazd, cruising into the city in the early afternoon.

Christian and Friedel chattingAs we arrived at our hotel, it was a nice surprise to find another cyclist there who we’d met a few weeks earlier in Tehran. Christian was just getting ready to head towards the Turkmenistan border and we chatted for a few minutes before he cycled away on a path we’ll follow a month later. The rest of the evening was spent getting to know the other guests, a few Australians, Italians and Canadians.

It’s a social spot here at the Silk Road Hotel and we can easily see ourselves lounging in the courtyard over the next few weeks, when we’re not trying to get our visas in order for Central Asia. We just received the last bit of paperwork we need to get our Uzbek visa today by email so it looks like a trip to Tehran by bus will come in the next couple of days.


  1. Simon & Jane
    18th February 2008 at 7:49 am #

    Hey guys

    Don’t know if you remember us, but we met you in Aleppo and spent a few nights indulging in numerous beers and wines at the al-Gawaher. Just found your website scrawled on a bit of paper in my backpack so thought I’d see how you’ve progressed. Lovely to hear you’re in Yazd, we both loved the place and could easily have stayed for weeks…such a great place to chill out for a while. Although no beer kiddies!!

    There are some pretty amazing deserted villages north of town, right up to Kharanaq and some stunning scenery around there and Chaq Chaq, if you’re heading to Mashad after, you’ll probably pass through there…

    We’ve returned to Melbourne to the stinking heat after wandering through the rest of Syria and Jordan and had a ball. It’s nice to be back but reading of your adventures causes the feet to begin to itch once again. Ah well, rejoin the working world and begin to save again.

    Anyway, great to read your blog and travel safe guys…


    Simon & Jane

  2. homa
    19th February 2008 at 12:54 pm #

    hi,do u remember me? i visited u in teahouse in shiraz. i with Arash and mis jaafarzade had honor to interview with u. u are the most lovely people that i have ever seen in my life. ur perspective about life affect me and sometimes i think about ur lifestyle. oh i want to say a good news to u . people welcome this interview . me had alot of email , letter,and phone which ask about u. by the way i miss u and i hope that u have a merry travel. i wish u take me honor to be ur frievd.
    with best wishes
    homa from shiraz

  3. Marie
    28th February 2008 at 5:14 pm #

    Hey you guys!! I’ve been checking in for a couple of weeks now, and not finding any new adventures. Drop us a word to let us know you are both ok! XXOO

  4. James Hustler
    28th February 2008 at 6:51 pm #

    Ditto – it’s been a while guys, hope you’re both OK

  5. Jayme
    29th February 2008 at 2:56 am #

    Yes, I’m anxious to hear from you too. Hope you’re ok.

  6. friedel
    1st March 2008 at 6:09 am #

    Errrrk, sorry to worry everyone! It’s just nothing exciting has been going on in our lives. Mostly lining up at embassies for Central Asia and then just waiting and waiting and waiting. Grrrrrrrr. It’s going to be at least another week before we’re on the road again. On the upside, we’ve met some lovely people and just posted about our experiences in Qom, so you can all stop fretting, though it is kind of nice to know people out there are keeping an eye on us. Hugs to all.

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