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Old 09-24-2013, 01:50 AM   #59
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Day 16&17 - Istanbul Ildievo Bucharest

The following morning we made for an early start in order to beat the traffic on the way out of Istanbul. The target for the day, the last day of the trip was the same as last year's: Doug's Motocamp in Idilevo, Bulgaria. I like to go there as often as I can, and I especially like to end or start the trips there.
Nice place, lovely people, good beer :)

Getting ready to leave early in the morning:

The way out:

In Bulgaria we crossed Shipka Pass and paid a visit to Buzludzha Monument

Buzludzha is a historical peak in the Central Stara Planinna, Bulgaria and is 1441 metres high. In 1868 it was the place of the final battle between Bulgarians rebels led by Hadji Dimitar and Stefan Karadzha and the Turks.

The Buzludzha Monument on the peak was built by the Bulgarian communist regime to commemorate the events in 1891 when the socialists led by Dimitar Blagoev assembled secretly in the area to form an organised socialist movement. It was opened in 1981. No longer maintained by the Bulgarian government, it has fallen into disuse.
Buzludzha is reached by a 12 km side road from the Shipka Pass.

Shipka Pass Monument

We arrive at Doug's Motocamp were Ivo and Poly took great care of us.

The bike is safe. Time for beer :)

Time to change the front wheel bearings:

So that is the end of this year trip.
Around the Black Sea: 18 days, 4200 km, 6 countries and 2 ferries. A great ride, beautiful places, lovely people.

We will come back to Doug's place for the HU Mini Meeting at the end of summer.

Also the next year trip (2012) across Caucasus, Central Asia, Mongolia, Far East Russia to Magadan and back will start and end here. RR soon to come (I'm slow and lazy).
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