I often listen to music while riding and a song called Time Warp ( Rocky Horror Picture Show) rings true as we pass through Armenia and Northern Iran.
Time is fleeting;
Madness takes its toll”
With its gray identikit buildings, cars from another era and a pace of life long forgotten one could quite easily feel frozen in time
Here are many pictures:
Those utilitarian yellow steel pipes still carry water to homes, decades later.
Glamping in a village
Valleys unaffected by time
Simple irrigation that works
Not so mobile home but a very mobile “pet”
Those water pipes again
Crematorium type tunnels
Soviet era apartments
Soviet style maintenance. Hats off to these guys for their ingenuity.
Cars we meet along the way. Some forlorn , others still hanging in there. Honest engineering still going strong decades later.
So ugly one cannot help liking them. They still make them today
Lada’s galore. The Soviets based it on the Fiat 124 that was manufactured between 1966 and 1974. Lada continued producing it until 1988.
A Lada for sale
A Lada station wagon posing under a water pipe
Another water pipe poser
A “modern” update on a soviet classic -the Bova
And yet another water pipe poser . This one, in its day, a 3 wheeler
One almost feels sorry for them
In Iran tens of thousands of these pre- revolution Paykans also known as the Iranian chariot. Built from 1967 -2005 they were based on the British Hillman Vogue. Available in any colour of choice , as long as it is off white.
And these pre- revolution 1970’s Nissan pick-ups known as Zamyads ,which are still made today. Available in any colour of choice , as long as it is blue. Basic no frills engineering that simply lasts.
A4 size parking tickets
Something straight out of a Hollywood film set.
That thinks its from Germany
Not sure if Mercedes would have opted for this trim
The tyres are a clue as to its true origin.
As does the cab with bed (above the motor) & “Pirelli “calendar
Coals to Newcastle?
Anything can be bought on the roadside here corn on the cob
Wooden gym dumbells
Dolls (in SA also known as poppies)
even in the middle of nowhere
This laid back road side vendor does it in comfort , when on duty
Pedestrian and horse cart friendly highways
Helmets may be mandatory, driving into on coming traffic is optional
Even if you have to mount the pavement to do so
Toddler seat not required
When you run out of space….
& if you do topple over a body shop is also optional
Necessity becomes the mother of invention
in traffic ( we teach ourselves the Farsi alphabet by decipehring the number plates)
in load carrying
in sun protection
in remaining mobile
and in sealing road drains
Josephine springs a petrol leak. In Tajikistan she sprouted oil and required a catheter, now she will need a diaper of sorts. I hope this is not a sign of things to come for me personally as we are not too far off in collective wear & tear.
I will need a workshop of sorts where
In just 7 days I can make you a man ( with thanks to Rocky Horror)
And maybe a bit longer for me to develop 1 or 2 lines of those six packs. Beard optional..
All premised though on the beer not being as old as the label suggests