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#DAY25 #MONGOLRALLY2017 198 miles #Ashgabat to #Darvaza Distopic dreams never really end. To satisfy our need of dollars (dollars are so evil that you want them anyway, whether you have them or not) we reach the VNESHEKONOMBANK, as suggested by an offical at the border. The bank is in a monumental building, which would make …

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#DAY24 #MONGOLRALLY2017 184 miles (296.12 kms for the metric-civilised world) #Mashhad to #Ashgabat Chapter two of our trip ends here. Chapter three starts now: the Stans. Some days many things happen, and you don’t write a lot about them. Other days nothing much happens, but you want to say a lot. Like this day. We …

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#DAY23 #MONGOLRALLY2017 158 miles (about 556.160 hat’h some years ago in India) #Sabzevar to #Mashhad Although we managed to fatten our pockets with dollars a little bit more, we reach Mashhad still thinking about the lack of money. Finding a way to withdraw some dollars will make our lives more relaxed. Anyway, this won’t happen …

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#DAY22 #MONGOLRALLY2017 520 miles (a lot of kilometers for the metric-civilised world) #Garmeh to #Sabzevar We agreed yesterday that we would have driven to Farhazad to see the sand dunes with the other guys. Early wake up (also because some Coyotes woke us up very early anyway), and let’s head to the dunes. They say …

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#DAY21 #MONGOLRALLY2017 190 miles (305.77 kms for the metric-civilised world) #Yadz to #Garmeh In the morning we realise that a solution to get some dollars would be going in the desert. The relationship between the two things is still not clear even to us. We heard about a place, called Garmeh, where you can camp …

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#DAY20 #MONGOLRALLY2017 288 miles (463.49 kms for the metric-civilised world) #Shiraz to #Yazd When you plan an easy day in the Mongol Rally, some unexpected problems will show up eventually. We have a short drive in front of us (short for the MR standards), just 5 hours, to go from Shiraz to Yazd. We’re running …

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#DAY19 #MONGOLRALLY2017 13.5 kms (which are some miles in some countries, anyway a lot in the hot weather) #Shiraz to #Shiraz Not all the Mongol Rally days can be exciting the same way. Sometimes it is just nice to have a boring day as a normal tourist. Now, the thing in Shiraz is that you …

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#DAY18 #MONGOLRALLY2017 313 miles (760.102,61 Alens for the Danish and Norwegians) #Isfahan to #Shiraz We leave Isfahan behind us, direction Shiraz. You can’t avoid stopping to wonder in front of Persepolis’ ruins on the way from Isfahan to Shiraz, as well as you can’t avoid stopping for a Kebab. Such move will prevent you from …

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#DAY17 #MONGOLRALLY2017 18.6 Kms on foot #Isfahan to #Isfahan Isfahan (or Esfahan) is considered the cultural capital of Iran. That’s way we think it deserve a better visit. We spend the day wandering around the maze of the Bazar, ending up in the old mosque, where we discover that every Islamic country has it own …

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#DAY16 #MONGOLRALLY2017 397 miles (638.90 kms for the metric-civilised world) #Hamedan to #Isfahan Another day of transition, with a nice stop if the driving conditions allow it. Hamedan early in the morning is swarming, which makes our departure more difficult. The ride to Isfahan is about 6 hours and a half. So why not to …