LOG ENTRY 12
ODOMETER: 5630 km – 6150 km
Kerman – Bam - Zahedan
Riding through sandstorms in the Eastern part of Iran to reach our last city Zahedan. Driving through the earthquake devastated city of Bam.
Even thought we left Kerman early, about 7 in the morning about an hour later the temperature was already in the super uncomfortably hot zone again. We planned to do a pit stop and possibly a siesta between 10 am and 2 pm in the afternoon but we started to realize that it is impossible as nothing really on the way. By 9 am the wind started to blow and the 50+ degree Celsius, dry wind gusts with millions of sand grain became our biggest problem. Those mean sand grains always found a spot to hit our skin, no matter how covered up, somehow there was a little gap here and there, between the sleeve of the jacket and the gloves or on the tip of our nose or where the goggles met the face mask.
The planned lunch stop at Bam didn’t go too well either but at least we found some snacks and water. Bam is a small town which is famous for the earthquake happened here in 2003. Signs of the earthquake which left almost 30,000 people dead are still visible with lots of ruins around and the construction site all over the surrounding area. Knowing what happened here and seen all the devastation, even after one and a half year later made us very sad.
As we are approaching Pakistan the landscape really started to be hostile. Less and less villages almost zero vegetation or any sorts of life in fact. Iran was very colorful and friendly up until Naein but after that it started to be browner and hotter.
After arriving to Zahedan we managed to find accommodation fairly quickly which we were happy about as many people came to ask money and the situation was similar to the one last night in Kerman, with the crowd following us. Next to our hostel we found an internet café so we managed to chat with Mom which we haven’t done in the past good few days.
I only can hope that we won’t have any issues at the border tomorrow.