Day 26 Gorgan to Rasht

One more day at the races.

Today all timing has been canceled as I’m sure everyone is quite tired from the border crossings and sleeping accommodations – last night quite a few people spent the night on the roof of the hotel.

The small towns are very interesting – I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.


The larger cities are very busy and traffic is heavy … look at the directions people are going around this rotary and these pictures were taken early in the morning.


Here we have a load of water barrels being delivered – I wonder how many of them will fall off before reaching their destination.

And the police at what seems to be their favorite pastime – radar timing with pictures (I believe). I guess worrying about traffic jams doesn’t bring in much revenue – things are the same all over the world.

We got lost in downtown Sari – the map just shows a major road (22 West) passing through the city like it was easy. The fact was that it did just that, pass through the city and not being able to read Farsi, we promptly got lost. With the help of a policeman we got pointed in the right direction, then a young man on a motorcycle found out where we were trying to go (Babon) and told us to follow him. When he pulled over to part ways, a group discussion occurred and we showed the committee our ultimate destination. Then three nicely dressed gentlemen indicated that we should follow them and jumped into their car. They then proceeded to escort us through several cities that we would have never been able to negotiate on our own for a total of about 35 kilometers. They are the three on the left in both pictures. They spoke no English and we no Farsi but we were most grateful which they understood and we parted friends.


In fact, the people here could not be nicer – all are very friendly and want to speak with us. Not understanding what they are asking, we always reply; American, Cadillac, 1949 – possibly quite funny depending on what they really wanted to know.

In the town of Chaiko Rud we were pulled over by what appeared to be a high ranking police officer who was surrounded by quite an entourage of officers. What he wanted was to present us with a salute, these flowers and saying “Welcome to Iran” in excellent English – how nice was that.

We finally made it to the hotel at a decent hour which allowed me to get caught up on the blog – it’s not easy sitting all day not able to get to the computer and driving into the night and finally sharing a “suite” with 5 other men.

This hotel is just fine, right on the Caspian Sea. Funny how things work sometimes, for 26 straight days we have not seen a cloud in the sky (I was afraid to mention it previously). Once we arrived at the Caspian and I take over the driving (Lloyd was exhausted from the night before and the traffic this morning) it begins to rain.

The lobby of the hotel which empty in this picture was a very busy place. TV interviews were being conducted outside and very important looking people (perhaps the Motorcycle and Automobile Federation of Iran) milled about the lobby. Clearly there is tremendous interest here in the rally. Maybe they just wanted to come see all the lunatics driving these cars.

A couple of final notes about some of our friends who have had problems along the way: Garrick Staples, who’s VW probably broke a crankshaft in Turkmenistan and was towed across the border into Iran and then trucked to Mashhad, a large city east of our route, is now reported to have the car fixed and ready to be trucked overnight to rejoin the rally tomorrow evening – thanks to the connections of the Automobile Federation; and Adrian Gosden who’s Aston Martin lost its clutch today arrived at dinner tonight having been able to make the required repairs from one of the few parts they were carrying – a throw-out bearing – great spares selection Adrian and Andrew.

Sorry about the lack of photos today – haven’t figured out how to take pictures and drive as the locals seem to have mastered – then again, we only have one car so priorities will have to remain unchanged.

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6 Responses to Day 26 Gorgan to Rasht

  1. Lisa Tucker says:

    Keep on keeping on, guys! Loads of people here reading your blog and cheering you on every mile. xoxo
    p.s. The flowers are wonderful — you’ve kept them alive, of course? 🙂

  2. Spencer Merz says:

    My current mantra, lifted from a birthday card, is Live Life Out Loud. You are doing it!


  3. lawrence kady says:

    Hello Chuck,
    I never realized that you are an author too. Add that to skipper, navigator and driver of fine autos makes for a really great guy to know and chat with. We all are reading and waiting to see 86 in first. Giovanni fished the season first and Roger 2cnd in their classes. Be safe and write/drive on ;o) Lawrence

  4. Chad Schwager says:

    We are glad to have you blogging again and hopefully getting caught up on some well deserved sleep. Safe passage.

    Love Chad and Adriane

  5. carol Pfaelzer says:

    I am so happy to read your blogs. You are both very brave and determined.Godspeed! Love,Carol and Arthur Pfaelzerxoxoxoxox

  6. James Ladd says:

    Hi Lloyd -“Neighba”,

    I have really enjoyed following your adventure – I am very envious. Look forward to hearing all about it when you return to Denny Rd.

    Safe travels the rest of the way.


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