On and on to Arbil

Or Hawler.  That’s one of the things you learn quickly in KIraq- spellings change.  Usually it’s something easy like Amedi to al-Amadiyah on the road sign (assuming the sign isn’t in arabic script), but some places it can throw you for a loop.  Arbil, or Erbil, or Irbil also goes by Hawler and the various names are used interchangeably on road signs.  That being said, it was never much of a problem, though I did regularly confirm my direction at checkpoints.

After Amedi the riding and the views turn the volume up.

Though, even with all this goodness and excellent roads, an eye always had to be on the lookout for the unexpected.


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