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the venturer 06-24-2009 11:00 AM

Black Sea Rally 2009
 
Hello all. I have been longing for this trip and I said ''Why not?''
I have been getting ready all along the year. I haven't started it yet but excitement is at its zenith. This Sunday at 7 am , I hope to set out from a coastal province named Tekirdag where my summer villa is located in and I will ride to the east along the coast with some discovery ridings on highlands. This will be a two-week ride with some 4000 km. Some Eastern Anatolian visitings will also be included to the route on the way.
As for accomodation, hotels, tents mostly will be of my choice though I have close friends there.
For more info, you can look at here.This exactly shows where I want to go and stay.
http://www.kackar.org/resimler/
Well, that's enough of intro for now, I think. I need to pack up everything that's vital to take.
This is an estimate route just drawn on GE with some waypoints shown.
http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/948/adszhst.jpg
And these are what I will take with me though many thingies are still missing.
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Well, that's it for now. I hope to keep you informed here regularly with my reports and pics.
Looking forward to meeting some ADVriders on the way.

GB 06-24-2009 12:08 PM

The Venturer rides again.. it's been a while! :thumb

:lurk

the venturer 06-24-2009 12:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gadget Boy
The Venturer rides again.. it's been a while! :thumb

:lurk

Thank you GB. I am always here, just sneaking sometimes:)
P.S. Check out my most recent reports: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=473107
And some maintenance:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=467481

JackL 06-24-2009 02:47 PM

More please
 
Come on, we're waiting. :freaky

the venturer 06-25-2009 02:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JackL
Come on, we're waiting. :freaky

Thank you JackL:freaky Believe me, it's worth waiting.

Dave-in-Turkey 06-25-2009 04:35 AM

Hi Venturer,

Best of luck on your trip mate, I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoyed mine.

Cheers

Dave..

the venturer 06-25-2009 02:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave-in-Turkey
Hi Venturer,

Best of luck on your trip mate, I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoyed mine.

Cheers

Dave..

Thank you Dave. I hope everything goes well.

the venturer 07-05-2009 03:33 AM

I am back. It's been seven days today. And I am still hitting the roads, taking pleasure of each bend and curve. No problem so far, and the rally is due to end in three days. I am currently in a thermal hotel on the way and I need a bit of luxury after spending the whole week in a tent. So, here comes the report.
DAY 1
On 28th June, the journey begins at 7.30, the odometer showing 15812 km.and http://img240.imageshack.us/img240/8...10009proc9.jpg
Entering İstanbul
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The ancient walls around the city centre
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Shots on the Bosphorus Bridge. I risked my life on highway.
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Fuel Refill
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Before leaving İstanbul, I bought myself a tent and a sleeping bag.

the venturer 07-05-2009 04:45 AM

At the end of Day 1, I rode about 450 km and stopped at Akçakoca,once a famous Genoan port with fortresses.
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Welcome to Genoan Fortress
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The villages around the city
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Today's dinner,delicious
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Then I made my way to a campingsite. I bumped a nice area surrounded with nut and lime trees.
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All neat and tidy inside
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My neighbours at the camping spot. Two old friends friends in a caravan. And they are German. They invited me and we chatted around a coffee table after dinner.
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Camp owner's house
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A hazelwood and the lime tree smells so nice
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the venturer 07-05-2009 05:21 AM

The route taken on DAY 1
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DAY 2
The next morning I went out for some sightseeing. This is where a creek meeting the Black Sea. It started raining terribly here. The first rain meets me at this point.
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More from the city
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A mosque different in shape
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I left the city to more panoramic views. The roads were bending up and down. They were narrow but worth going on though there are some main roads.

the venturer 07-05-2009 06:06 AM

The road is getting narrower but more scenic
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Fully loaded. This is a handicap if you are riding on such a road I adjusted the suspension to the lowest to keep the whole weight closer to the ground.
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Here comes the venturer!
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A shipyard in a city called Eregli
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Entering Eregli. I stopped to have something to drink and eat.
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It was too crowded and I was boiling in clothes.
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there are so many tunnels
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Entering the city of Zonguldak.In this city, I visited a long cave called ''Gokgol Cave'' A must see place!
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It was chilling inside and there was some airflow.
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the venturer 07-05-2009 07:26 AM

Entering the city of Amasra. If you ever make your way to here, don't miss it. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
It is so lovely here.<o:p></o:p>
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Seeing another Genoan spot<o:p></o:p>
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Not an Italian town but it seems so, doesn’t it?<o:p></o:p>
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Difficult to believe it's on the coast of the Black Sea. It's very hot.<o:p></o:p>
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Riding on these roads was sheer pleasure<o:p></o:p>
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It seems like a Mediterranean Town<o:p></o:p>
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Me, overlooking and saying ''Goodbye'' to this wonderful city.<o:p></o:p>
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On the way, I met two ladies selling these jams made of all kinds such as nuts, figs, apricots.
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haakon 07-05-2009 07:44 AM

Thanks!
 
Thank you my far away friend.
I wish I could have joined you:1drink
Very nice pictures!!

the venturer 07-05-2009 07:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by haakon
Thank you my far away friend.
I wish I could have joined you:1drink
Very nice pictures!!

Thank you great man with a kind heart. :beer
We'll ride up to Siberia one day together.
Don't forget it!

the venturer 07-06-2009 03:35 AM

Continue...
Well, it's time to look for a camping spot. From now on the roads were getting worse but more scenic.Lots of bends and curves.
http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/6...0216proc36.jpg
http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/1...0217proc32.jpg
Then I bumped into this spot. http://www.giderosbay.com/
Here, a nice family welcomed me with a kettle of tasty tea.
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Sunbathing ducks
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Taken from a top of a hill,showing the same area
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Another coastal town named ''Cide''
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I left the town quickly to find a suitable place erect the tent
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I found this place to stay overnight. There was heavy rain that night but the tent was durable enough to resist the wind especially.
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It was getting dark but I managed to put up the tent.
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