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#DAY15 #MONGOLRALLY2017 274 miles (87680 rods for some ancient people) #Marivan to #Hamedan We don’t know exactly how and why we ended up finding ourselves in Kurdistan, since our plan was slightly different. But the Mongol Rally works like that: you end up in places you didn’t plan to go. Since we’re here in Marivan, …

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#DAY14 #MONGOLRALLY2017 251 miles (actually done, 2500 miles perceived for the – YYY kms) #Tabriz to #Marivan We mark two weeks in the Mongol Rally today. We just move from Tabriz to Marivan. The day could be summarised with the first picture, but let’s report few crucial moments: 1) A guy which we asked an …

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#DAY13 #MONGOLRALLY2017 186 miles #Kapan to #Tabriz You drive down from Armenia to Iran. You collect Tim (non Maia), a Czech hitchicker, you top up your stomach a little bit, and you’re ready for the border crossing that everybody has described as the most impossible, long, tedious, stressing and unsustainable crossing ever. Endless queues wait …

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#DAY12 #MONGOLRALLY2017 339.57 kms (211 miles for the metric weirdos) #Yerevan to #Kapan The travelling distance decreases. The travelling time keeps being the same. Armenian roads are a step forward with respect to what we have got so far in the ranking of “shitty roads around the world”. But we will get the real meaning …

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#DAY11 #MONGOLRALLY2017 186 miles (about 9.701 x 10^-12 parsec for people like @Lucia Marchetti) #Tbilisi to #Yerevan We cannot leave Georgia without stopping in a nearby monastery to taste more local wine. The monastery is empty, apart from a monk which doesn’t seem to be as strong in mathematics as he’s supposed to be in …

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#DAY10 #MONGOLRALLY2017 10.75 miles on foot (17.3 kms for the metric-civilised world) #Tbilisi to #Tbilisi An old Georgian proverb says “Every morning, a pedestrian wakes up knowing that he will have to run faster than any other car in Tbilisi if he want to cross the road. Every morning, a car wakes up knowing that …

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#DAY9 #MONGOLRALLY2017 297 miles (477.97 kms for the metric-civilised world) #Kars to #Tbilisi We want to avoid the pack of tourists while visiting the Ani ruins. That’s why we move quite early from Kars to reach the site as soon as it opens. We end up being slightly late, but apparently also the tourists wanted …

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#DAY8 #MONGOLRALLY2017 430 miles #Giresun to #Kars 3126 miles done so far, 5000 km, almost one third of our journey. We asked ourselves at the beginning when we would have got bored of writing these posts. Now we guess how long will it take for you to get bored of reading them. This thing is …

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#DAY7 #MONGOLRALLY2017 407 miles (442.04 miliarum for the ancient Romans) #Safranbolu to #Giresun Today’s problem is where to go next. We know this situation will keep coming during the Mongol Rally, more and more often. Our goal is the Soumela Monastery (about 10 hours away), but we wouldn’t mind also a stop for a dive …

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#DAY6 #MONGOLRALLY2017 422 miles (366.70 nautical miles for Popeye the Mariner) #Edirne to #Safranbolu Early wake up. There is a post office where to queue in order to get the ticket for the Turkish motorway, so that president Erdogan won’t chase us along the way (more likely androids-clones of him) to not have paid the …