Birmai, where I could talk with my frriends on my Iranian mobile...

Birmai, where I could talk with my frriends on my Iranian mobile...

That day was the day I could get close to the Iran’s land next to Aras river. It could be a place for me to hear my friends on the phone and was enough to have that big joy and to be in hurry. from 30km before that Birmai ( the village next to Parsabad in Iran) I put my sim card for my Iranian mobile and I kept checking it every 2-3 km to see if it has antenna or not. I sent a sms to my brother telling him my phone might get service. I left the sms to go as soon as I have antenna and I just kept checking it every 2-3km. finally it ringed and I heard the voice of my lovely nephew asking where are you? He was asking me when I will take him to paintball. What I actually promised him and I didnt . I was expecting to have a room in Birmai and have a day off hanging on phone with friends but there was not actually a place I could find a room. I had to pitch my tent just near a farm. I had no antenna at my tent and I had to stay side the road 100m from my tent just in a very small spot to use my phone. Every small move could cause losing the antenna and it made me really tired. I was in that spot till 12:30 at night and then I was off to my tent to sleep. Next day again the same, almost al the village knew that I am standing there using my phone and it caused me to leave after 2pm. for the last I called mum and told her I can be reached again at my Azeri mobile. I was a bit tired but a flat road with the tail wind helped me to cycle about 65km till a small city called Sabrabad. another night and again searching for a place. A petrol station was good enough to sleep. I put my tent and washed my cloths…I cleaned my body with a wet towel but still not shower and it was the 6th day with no shower. Actually the longest period of not having shower in my whole journey. A few drops of rain made me decide to move to praying room and just 10minafter I moved there was a very heavy rain. But luckily I had a roof, furniture’s, and a very clean room, so there was no matter for the rain. I had just 2 days before I could reach Baku. when I arrived to the highway I could have a good asphalt but highway does not please any cyclist I think. There are many trucks and cars driving fast and of course there is no any sign of local’s life. I was cycling s fast as I could to finish that road as soon as possible. I wanted to cycle more that day, so I would have a short ride the next day which would be the last in Azerbaijan. finally I saw the Caspian sea which actually we know it as Khazar sea. The biggest lake which is 27m below sea level. I was a bit disappointed because the view I had in my mind from khazar was always green and forest but here it was deserted all around. No trees and no green lands, no forest in that part ( but in the north of Azerbaijan there is mountain and forest next to Khazar sea which I had no chance to visit ). Anyway the positive side was not being so humid and warm. It was just cool. I put my tent at the beach. My tent was just faced to the sea where I could sip my coffee looking at moon coming up from the middle of the sea. An amazing scene which was such a prize after 8 days of nonstop cycling and I could feel it by all my cells and I did appreciate it. The next day after 35km I arrived to Baku….just following the direction Jamil ( a couch surfer who offered me a place to stay ) had given to me and I was at home around 2am….Shower was the very first thing I had to do. It was so nice having hot water all around my body after 7 days of not washing myself.

21 May 2011

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4 days ag, I was going to come to Mashhad from Tehran by car. in a very shoort moment, someone broke into my car and stole my duffle bag which was filled with all my equipments. The hardest part was losing my passport, ID car, Swiss simcard, Banc card, and 2 hard drives full of picturesa nd videos from my journey, also tent, mattress, sleeping bag, 3 pair of shoes.....ooops!! ) 
It wasnt fun at all but not much I can do now and I have to restart again from the very beginning to collect those equipments again and get my documents which doesnt have a funny procedur. 
Anyway....life is going forward and I should follow it.