After breakfast the boys went to do "secret mens business". Armond took Richard to his uncles shop where there was a repair garage located next door. The hose pipe was quickly replaced after a similar hose was found and altered to fit perfectly. Unfortunately when Barnaby was being filled with coolant, he took the opportunity to point out that another hose had also split, and this too would need to be replaced!
|secret mens business discussions|
The mechanics recommended a Radiator specialist nearby, and Barnaby headed there. The radiator was removed on the street, and checked... - yes the Radiator had a leak in the watery, holdery, comparmenty thingy, hey I'm no mechanic. All I know is that I think it was welded back together, Armond was doing all the liasing with the mechanics, and finally the leaks had ceased!
Barnaby's filters and oil were changed the following morning. Job Done! Barnaby is now serviced and ready for more action.
Earlier I had told the story of buying the fuel cards to Armond. I'm not sure that Armond had actually seen a Diesel card as all cars in Iran are petrol. One evening Armond wanted to make sure that we had adequate Diesel cards to get to the Pakistan border and we set off in his car to the Petrol Station.
Unfortunately it can be hard to track down a Petrol Station within a city centre that sells Diesel. One Petrol Station attendant explained to Armond that the Trucks often fill up on the edges of cities and therefore there is little or no demand for Diesel.
|Rooftop view at night of Tehran from Armond and Lernik's home|
The following day Barnaby out to find an elusive Diesel pump, and eventually our persistence paid off. Armond checked all 8 Diesel cards and our fears were confirmed, they were all 100 litre Cards. The Petrol Attendant near the border had sworn to Allah that this was a genuine 1,000 Litre Card but it turned out to be a 100 litres. I hope Allah has a word with him about this. At least all 8 cards were valid and had not expired.
Armond also managed to fill Barnaby with Diesel without using any of the Diesel Cards. The price was still the same, about $3, but a $5 tip was given to the attendant to say thanks! I'm not sure how much success I would have had on my own without a Diesel Card.
Whilst Armond & I had been busy doing important man stuff, the ladies had had a leisurely morning. Zowi & Lernik strolled around Narmak, looking at the various shops and visiting the local park.
There was a jug of water on the table and Zowi was the only one to have taken a glass. Sevan suddenly pulled out a couple of bottles of water from his bag, and Zowi wondered why no-one had told her not to drink the water from the jug.
Armond explained that the water in the jug was fine to drink, Sevan had brought some "special water" for us to drink. Alcohol is not allowed in Iran and of course we didnt have any Alcohol, but the special water went down very well.
The evening was just what we needed after many weeks on the road. Even though there were a few language barriers, the 6 of us were laughing so much all night. Humour is a Universal language!
|the boys had no idea|
The Water & Fire Park wasnt what we expected. It was about 11pm at night and it was packed with people. People who were playing Badminton, Roller Blading, Walking, Talking, Picnicking, and enjoying the cooler end to the day outside. The main attraction of the park for young and old alikeare the water fountains that sporadically shoot water out from the ground, catching out people who attempt to make it from one side to another without getting soaked. The water fountains are surrounding by towers that erupt flames, and light the night sky brightly.
A wonderful night was had by all.
Armond and Lernik had made us feel so welcome in their home. Lernik has insisted that there was to be no Tarouf here, we should treat their home as our own. This enabled us to relax and unwind so much that we considered moving in permanently!
On the final evening a wonderful BBQ with all of Lerniks family was planned. The food was yet again out of this world, more special water appeared which was most appreciated. It was really great to feel welcome and be apart of this family evening. Our travels had meant that we often only dined together, to enjoy this family meal was something special to us.
An hour later and Barnaby overheated. Arrgggh! We pulled over on the side of the road and let him cool down a little. These issues should have been left behind in Tehran!
20 minutes later and we were moving again. 42mph mean that Barnaby cruises into "Overdrive". At this speed the engine just ticks over and doesnt need to work hard, and therefore should not overheat. 5 minutes later and Barnaby overheated again! Arrgggh!
It was late when we finally made it into Esfahan. The Hostel that we had marked in the Lonely Planet was full, the Hostel next door wasnt great and not cheap. We decided to check the Hotel Totia across the road, and were pleasantly surprised to find that the price was the same as the Hostel. The room was great, it included Breakfast and, most importantly, had secure parking. Perfect.