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Believe it or not, but this narrow dirt road is the main highway through eastern Turkey towards the Iranian border.

Here is a larger version.

But this was in 1971. Today this road is of course paved and much straighter. On my way from Van to the large city of Erzurum, where I was to spend one night before proceeding to the north coast, we stopped here for lunch. I had come here a year earlier, then on my way to Iran, and recognized it. It must have been the only place to find a meal for quite a long distance, so several buses and trucks were parked here. Among them I saw an Iranian bus bound for Tehran and a few European cars filled with young persons like myself, probably hoping to reach India, or at least Afghanistan.

I noted in my diary the excitement I felt, seeing all these cars and buses, wishing desperately to be on the way myself through central Asia.

One year later I was.

This is one of those photos where I just couldn't get the colours right. Whatever adjustments I made it always had an unpleasant hue of too much this, too much that. So here it is in timeless B&W. Originally it was an Agfacolor CT18 slide.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10022 W: 520 N: 19299] (85161)
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