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Heading back……..

Posted in european trip, motorcycles, travel, triumph tiger, Turkey with tags , , , , on November 11, 2009 by Bev

The original plan was to come back thru Turkey via Istanbul.  We decided not to do this (we will have plenty of time to go to Istanbul when we go and live there) so it was back, pretty much the same way we had come.


back thru Izmir


to a little seaside town called Ayvalik.  We found a pansyon right on the beach, cheap and cheerful.  The “bathroom” was quite small and Ian had trouble fitting in it!


There was a TV and satellite receiver – I touched it and nearly flew across the room.  There was obviously some kind of wiring fault as it gave out a shock everytime you touched it.  Didn’t want to watch TV anyway!  The owners dog took a shine to Ians leg, wouldn’t leave him alone – must have some sort of doggy smell about him!



We walked into town – seemed to be quite a busy Turkish holiday place, not the usual “foreigners” resort, as nothing was in any other language but Turkish – thats the menu behind my head, guess which I went for!!!



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The next day we were heading  back up to Canakkale and the ferry



When we came to Canakkale on the way here, we missed the “horse”  I really don’t know how – it’s quite large :D.  This was the one used in the Brad Pitt film Troy and was given to the town by the film studio.  I was quite excited by the fact that Brad had touched this horse…….(even tho’ I couldn’t!)


Canakkale is a lovely town, it’s the nearest major town to Troy,  and we have some time to wander about.





Ian, as usual, had to have lunch at this cafe, I plumped for one of those things in the cart – not quite sure what they are called but taste good and cost pennies.


As it was a Sunday, the ferries didn’t seem to be quite so regular but we got one after a few hours – it was full.


We had remembered a hotel in a town called Kesan which was fairly near the Greek border so headed towards this.



It was alot better inside than out, even tho’ our air conditioning didn’t work and I was hot 😦  ……….and there was a Burger King across the road!!

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End of week 4  – total miles 4131

It was less than an hours ride to the Greek border the next morning, which we passed thru’ without problem.


Gule gule, Turkey – see you soon!

A weeks R and R in Turkey…….

Posted in european trip, motorcycles, travel, triumph tiger, Turkey, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 9, 2009 by Bev

Well we finally made it to Linda and Dave’s.  They told us it was hot and it was – a weeks rest coming up then!  We didn’t plan on doing much riding while we were here – going to rest our bums! Boris the Bear was waiting at the apartment to welcome us.


Linda took us to some great places………

The local supermarket


to see Micks dogs…….


and another supermarket..


Tiger made friends with Montie and the Transalp..


Ian changed Tigers oil and filter and gave him a good clean.  The back wheel was black from all the oil that the automatic chain luber had kicked out and was pretty hard to get off.  My front tooth (crown) had fallen out so I had to go to the dentist to get it put back in.  I got this done, my hair cut and a new zip sewn into my bike trousers (no, I’m not too fat for them – it was faulty!!!) all done in one morning, with no appointments and got change from 40 pounds!  In England it would have cost more than this for the dentist alone – and I would have to have made an appointment weeks in advance!

We had a few rides around Dalaman and went to Sarigerme, a small town and suprisingly quiet for the time of year.



Last night out in Dalyan, with the Rock Tombs lit up behind us


View from their balcony


The week soon came to an end, and we realised they were getting bored with us when the laptop became more interesting than Ians converstion 😀


So, we packed up Tiger with all our CLEAN clothes and tent and prepared to set off once again………..


Bye bye you two and thanks for putting up with us!  See you next year…..


I finally figured how to put on clickable photos!!!!!!

Welcome to Turkey……..

Posted in european trip, motorcycles, travel, triumph tiger, Turkey with tags , , , , on October 30, 2009 by Bev

We weren’t sure what to expect at the Turkish border – we had heard that it takes hours to get thru’.  We knew we needed Visas and also insurance for Tiger, so we joined the fairly short queue at passport control.  When it was our turn the officer said, in perfect English and with a smile, “you need to go to big building to get Visa stamps in passport, just leave the bike in car park” so off we went to “big building”. We were only in there about 10 minutes and came away with our necessary Visas.  We rejoined the queue, this time on foot , and a lady officer called us straight away  and passed us thru passport control.  At the next window we were told to go and get our insurance certificate from 2 guys who had a little desk set up just behind us. After “bartering” for a while with them, they charged us about 8 euros.  It took less than half an hour to finally get into Turkey.  All the officials were very friendly and all spoke English.  Such a refreshing change compared to officials in other countries. 🙂


First stop was to find an ATM to get some lira and a drink.  Turkey may have the most expensive petrol of all the countries we visited but their bottled water (and drinks in general) are a hell of a lot cheaper than anywhere else!  We knew that campsites were going to be few and far between but with hotel/pansyon (guest houses) prices being very reasonable weren’t too worried.

A few months earlier, when the sunflowers were in bloom this would have been a beautiful view.


We found a little village not far from Gallipoli, and a motel with a great sea view.  The rooms were very…………basic!  Our shower was a bucket, at least we had a “proper” toilet and not a hole in the ground type tho!  The family who owned the motel insisted that we eat there, even tho’ there was a restaurant in the village.




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The next day we rode along the coast to Eceabet to get the ferry to Canakkale



Canakkale is on the Asian side of Turkey and getting the ferry here cuts out a long ride via Istanbul.  The feries run frequently and the crossing takes about 20 minutes.



Does the weather know that this is now Asia?? It got about 10 degrees hotter as we left Canakkale and the roads became like ice with their melty tar



The more South we got the more it bacame like a cauldron, with the air hitting you like  a hot hairdryer.  I was tempted to take my bike jacket off, but resisted, not just for the safety aspect but because I had already been stung twice by wasps on my bare hands, hit by a bird on the leg and had numerous stones bounce up and hit me.  Without the jacket it would have hurt!  Plus I would have been like a lobster within the hour.



We found a pansyon just before Izmir – I can’t remember the name of the town, but I do remember there was absolutely nothing there so dinner was a panini from the petrol station!

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We arrived in Izmir quite early so it wasn’t too hot or too busy, but there were these funny bumpy tar roads!



We were glad we got thru the mountains before they melted!  Whenever you stop at a petrol station in Turkey, someone comes running out with a tray of juice or chai (tea) – no charge.  They want to chat with you,  such friendly people.  They find it funny, 2 Brits riding to Turkey in full bike gear and full face helmets!


We finally arrived in Dalaman – they must have known we were coming as they had put the flags out for us.  We also had a bike escort!



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Total mileage 3628