The Anglo Australian Comfortable Coach Company - History, reunion and memorial site
Details of the Kathmandu to London tour, October-November 1979 by Nick Whetstone.
Part three - Isfahan to Istanbul
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Head north but after two hours bus lost power. Replaced fuel filters which cured problem. Stopped at Delijan for breakfast. Again, no open hostility toward us. Drove rest of day via outskirts of Tehran to reach Takestan where we found a campsite with little wooden huts to sleep in. Also a kitchen and hot showers.
Drove to Zanjan and onto Midrieh for breakfast stop. Continued via Tabriz to Marand and onto Maku. The field which we had used on the way out was waterlogged so we set up camp on the side of the road.
Discovered universal joint on prop shaft was broken so Tim replaced it while some of us cleaned the bus. On road by 11.15 and drove to Turkish border at Bazargan. Passed through border in under an hour and drove to Igdir for lunch stop. Drove to Tercan via Erzican where we stayed in two small hotels as it was too cold to camp.
Drove on to Zara where we stopped for lunch. Then on to Yozgat where we stopped for an evening meal. Continued driving through night to keep up with schedule.
Continued driving through the night, past Ankarra and on until 7.15 when we stopped for breakfast at a roadside restaurant about a hundred miles east of Istanbul. Reached Istanbul at lunchtime. Stayed in town during the afternoon then went to the Londra Campsite for the night.
Last update: May 6th 2002 - (The AACCC Website) - Author Nick Whetstone. All rights Reserved.