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Iran part II (Tehran – Esfahan)

10-04-2017 In Tehran it was visa arranging time. But first I went to the palace of the shah, which was in the exact state is was when he and his family fled the country after the revolution in 1979. A beautiful place that I wouldn’t mind living in. There I met a British-Iranian woman who was back in Iran for the first time since the revolution. We had lunch and conversation together in the north Read More →

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Masooleh from the other side of the hill

Iran part I (Tabriz – the coast – Tehran)

29-04-2017 So, a bit earlier than anticipated I entered Iran. On the border I changed some money into rial and asked for car insurance but nobody was able to understand me. The next part of the drive to Tabriz was without insurance. Iran seems to be stuffed with pretty landscapes. Taking pictures is almost always a disappointment because 2 kilometers down the road there will always be a better spot to photograph. There were a Read More →

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Armenia part III

After Goris (Armenia) I decided to drive in the direction of Sisian. Kate (American peace core) told me in Yerevan that it was worth visiting. I stopped close to Sisian and drove into the hills to check out a cave. The cave was a bit disappointing but the surroundings were quite nice. After that I drove on to Sisian where, after I arrived, I noticed that my fleece vest was gone. I left it near Read More →

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Armenia (& Nagorno-Karabakh) part II

Each time I want to stay in a city for just a few nights, I end up staying a few more. In Yerevan it became 4, again in an Envoy hostel. The 3rd day there I went to Geghart monastery and Gorni gorge with Jennifer.   The day after Jennifer (Sgp), Jess (Aus), Steffi (De) and me went to Khor Virap. This is one of the many awesome Monasteries out there. Khor Virap means deep Read More →

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Armenia part I

2017-03-15 The border of Armenia was a little harder than expected. Going out of Georgia went fast, checking the car went fast and passport control went fast. But at the last check I was sent back to an office to do a temporary import of the car into Armenia. This costs €40 and was hard to explain by the border guard because of my poor knowledge of Armenian and Russian. In the end I got it Read More →

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There, made it alive!

Georgia part III

2017-03-17 Time for another update! From the monastery on a rock I started driving in the direction of Tbilisi. I saw on Lonely Planet that I would pass Chiatura, where Stalin’s cable carts, which were built in 1950, are still in use today. I had to take a look. When I arrived in Chiatura I took a little walk through the town until I found one of the carts. Apparently they were free so I Read More →

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Monastery on a rock

Georgia part II

2017-03-06 The road to Mestia was very very bad and extremely exhausting. But there were some amazing sights and situations on the way there. I stopped at a very old obsolete metal hang bridge and I climbed a defense tower that was under construction. Also there were a lot of stones and snow on the road from recent rock slides and melting snow. That the ride was exhausting became clear when I wanted to go Read More →

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Georgia part I

2017-03-02 So, crossing the border from Turkey into Georgia turned out very easy. Show passport, show car document, “where you are go?” – “Azerbajian, Iran, Mongolia, etc”. “Open car”. “Is ok”. 10 minutes later and I’m in Georgia. Pretty cool. Right away it was clear that the road conditions were more Albania style, only a little worse. Roundabouts are there, but the rules are sort of reversed, extremely many and deep pot holes, people honking Read More →

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Cooking in the dark in an unknown place somewhere in the Turkish hills

Turkey part II: Continuing alone

2017-02-27 On monday Jasper left on an airplane back to NL and I went on alone. This is what the road looks like when driving alone: It looks pretty much the same, only I’ve got only myself to talk to. But I’m a good listener so all is well. I drove for quite a while, all the way past Ankara until is was about 20:30 and very dark. I stopped at a gas station for Read More →

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Turkey part I

2017-02-25 (Thursday) Crossing the border to Turkey we were met by some relaxed border officers. They were interested in the plan and the atmosphere was good. However, they seem to have some randomized system to select car for thorough checking and X-ray, which we were lucky enough to get. “Everything out please” the guy said, until he saw how much is actually in the car. “Only foods out”. The car had to be put on Read More →

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Albania – Macedonia – Greece

Albania On the camp site in Montenegro we took our time to warm up in the winter sun and do some repairs while having a nice breakfast. Now it was time to drive into Albania where, as we discovered, it wasn’t as easy to drive anymore. But first we went past Shkrodër, where a beautiful old castle stands that had to be checked out.   There is a whole different traffic culture and a shitload Read More →

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Leaving and the first bunch of days

The Netherlands – Germany – Austria – Slovenia – Croatia – (Bosnia) – Montenegro Thursday the 16th of February it was time to leave. Jasper decided to join me and fly back from Istanbul so I didn’t have to start the journey all alone! We started in Utrecht, after a cosy evening with some friends, beer and bullshit in my empty room. At around 15:00 we drove off in the direction of The Hague to Read More →

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Packing and preparing

Holy shit it’s getting close now. And there was still so much to do! Connect the new skid plates that Jeroen made for me, attach the jerrycan holder to the roof rack, extra secure the awning to the roofrack, remount the roofrack to the car, insert the new and slightly improved CarPc into the dash, pack everything in the car for the first time, get my Iran visa, get my Russia LOI and visa, ensurances, Read More →

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Leaving soon in February

Things are coming together and details are getting more detailed. The new date for leaving is somewhere between 10 and 15 February. documents Azerbaijan Before new year I got my first visa. It was the Azeri one, which was pretty easy to get. The people at the embassy were very nice and helpful, even when I forgot the damn note with the pickup number :P. Russia Now I’m working on the Russian LOI (Letter Of Read More →

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I think I’m slowly getting there

The last months I’ve been busy working on all kinds of projects, plans and updates: Departure date changed CarPc Heater controller Heater fuel line rerouting Solar cell installation Electrical rewiring Snorkel New tires Skid plate design Oztent Jerrycan holder design New radiator and gearbox clean List of costs Departure date changed I changed the departure date. Again. The new date will be around the 15th of February. Leaving at the start of winter would give me Read More →

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The final look.

Snorkel installation

Some time ago I bought a tent from a guy, and he told me that getting a snorkel installed would be a smart investment. In principle it’s an insurance against engine failure when driving into water that ends up being deeper than anticipated. The engine would breathe in water and catastrophically fail. And that would be the end of the adventure. So, I decided to take this advice to heart and bought a snorkel. Once I Read More →

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Travel plan update

Due to some new findings I decided to change my travel plan. This is because apparently it’s only allowed to drive through Russia for a month. This means I will take longer in all other countries. Also I found out that it visa are only valid for up to 3 months. This means I can get the visa for Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbejian and Iran in the Netherlands. All the other visa I will need Read More →

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Wat elektronische probleempjes opgelost (in Dutch, sorry)

Na mijn duik in een meertje een aantal weken geleden (een verhaal dat ik nog moet posten), gingen er wat elektronische onderdelen raar doen. Hier beschrijf ik hoe dat weer opgelost is. Dynamo vernieuwing: Halverwege Amsterdam begonnen er allemaal lampjes te branden. Olie, batterij, t-belt en brandstoffilter. Op het grote internet kon ik vinden dat dit betekende dat mijn dynamo (of alternator) geen stroom meer gaf. Dagen eerder hoorde ik ook al vreemde geluiden uit het Read More →

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The Webasto Thermo Top C installation complete and working

Equipping Brutus with a second hand Webasto Thermo Top C diesel heater

Since my last post I managed to install my secondhand Webasto Thermo Top C diesel heater in Butus’ engine compartment. Here I will shortly describe how I did that, might anyone attempt to do a similar thing. Sorry if my terminology is a bit vague but my mechanical English might be a little rusty. First I went looking for manuals, images and forums online that could help me to identify what I would need to Read More →

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Terrain driving in Fürstenau

On the 13th of March I drove in the direction of Germany to meet up with some other people to do some terrein driving and testing. This was an initiative of the Dutch Land cruiser club which I subscribed for. First we met near the border of Germany for some theory about 4x4s. A lot of it I already knew, but it was a very good and complete overview of the possibilities of a car like this. Read More →

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