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stories from the saddle
: Sanandaj (IRAN)
: 2005-06-14 11:16:32.0
every day i am heading towards east will become hotter...
but after leaving tatvan i had a couple of thunderstorms. that was impressiv on the huge vanlake. for the campnight i was lucky to have thunder without rain. i never expect that much trucks in the far east of turkey. and as a special there i had my highest passes so far with 2730m. very depressing is the almost permanent headwind from south what is in that part my main direction. on all roadcrossings there is military who check the traffic. as well they wanted to stop me but i could mostly avoid these checkpoints by passing through an waving...
the landscape becomes now more impressiv with snowcovered 4000 m peaks. reaching yueksekova was a first feeling of close iran. in between a view minutes i was surrounded by a bunch of people on looking for a net cafe. after further 45 km i reached the border. a high, 6 meter fence was finally opened for me to pass into iran. no checks on my bicycle and luggage. so it was an easy bordercrossing. i decided now to cycle along the borderline to turkey. without stopping cars its unpossible to find this narrow roads, because there are no signs at all. Piranshar is just 14 km from irak away and there is also a bordercrossing here. kurdish people often asked me if i am going to irak.
at this time i got very weak and having strong diarrhoe. so i decided to contact the hospital, where they gave me serum for my weak body. after restarting, it took just one single day to feel even worse. this means for me having another hospital visit. that was after 160 km along the border towards irak in Baneh. there the people took me to stay 2 and ahalf day and giving me also antibiotika.
that was really necessary because the next days cycling i had dirt and dusty mountainroads to climb. the kurdish people are very nice and helpfull, often inviting me for piknick and serving me with the brilliant fresh water melone! reaching a 2100m pass i was very surprised to meet a racingcyclist with a T-Telekom shirt. one of the soldier who have here a checkpoint were translating and he told me that Amir - the cyclist - is planning to cycle with his racebike to hindustan-india!! 20 km before Sanandaj on another 2100m pass, people invited me to stay in their house what i thankfully accepted. it was a long 20km ride on passing two more steep hills in the 36c sun on the next day. now i am realy glad to enjoy the hospitality of this kurdish familly to relax in their home before i am heading next to Kermanshah.