In autumn 2013 and spring 2014 I spent two months riding 3000 miles around Iran. Of all my journeys, this is the one that has affected me most profoundly.
The popular image of Iran here in the West is of course, hardly welcoming, and I admit I set off with some trepidation – was it really wise for me to ride a motorcycle alone in this pariah nation of Islamic extremists, with all its gruesome facts and figures surrounding women’s rights, free speech and treatment of political prisoners?
But if I’ve learned anything from my travels it’s that a nation’s government and its people are entirely unconnected (I mean, really, would I want a foreigner to judge me on David Cameron’s actions?!). And as soon as I crossed the border it became apparent that the Iranian people were going to make me fall head over heels in love with their country. I have never experienced such a warm welcome and effortless kindness and hospitality from a nation.
See the links opposite for more info, stories and pictures about my Iranian adventures, and watch this space for details of my forthcoming book. In the meantime, here’s a link to an article in the Telegraph about my journey and you can watch my 4-minute film about it right here, right now!