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Friday, 27 January 2012

Route and Trip


Bob and I had no idea of planning the route for this trip, so we left Bill’s office one day and popped into Twickenham library and opened a World Atlas. I then placed a ruler between London and Bahrain noting the countries it ran through and then we were off to visit the various Embassies, Consulates in the West End of London for visas and advice. We then called into the Iranian tourist offices in Regent Street in London to see about a ferry for the car from Iran to Bahrain and they informed us there was a regular Ro-Ro, (drive on drive off) ferry service available.
We had decided our route was London, Dover, Ostend, in to Germany (to pick up the roof and carpets from the Porsche scrap yard), then through into Austria, right through Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Turkey, then across Iran via Tehran and then south to the Persian Gulf port of Busheir.
The Iranian tourist authorities in London had advised us that we could just turn up and pay and put the car and ourselves on a Ro-Ro ship at the port of Bushier and sail across the Persian / Arabian Gulf to Bahrain.
So after the photographic session with Bill Bates and leaving South Street we drove down to Dover in the Porsche 911 Targa and took the channel ferry to Ostend. We had no problem driving there without a road fund license and I was relieved to be on our way at last looking back at the famous white cliffs of Dover from the stern of our ship. We had put a cheap plastic car cover over the Porsche on the car deck to keep it from prying eyes and carried our valuables with us around on the ship. 

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