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Old 06-14-2011, 09:20 AM   #796
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Is Helen still there? I heard she was pretty hot!

OK Doug, You got me interested in this piece of battle history. (Ataturk) Got some reading to do.
they say Helen had a face to launch a thousand ships.

I didnt see her, but I saw a girl there whose face would make a freight train take a dirt road.

As far as all the politics from that era/area go, I just share what I learn. Im no scholar, but I like to learn a bit from the places I visit. Sometimes the info is one sided, of course its always best to get both sides, & draw your own conclusion.
I actually got a nasty email last year, from a turkish guy who didnt like what I wrote in a magazine article about the armenian/turkish problems. He said something like 'we are trying to forget about this'
Well, a much smarter man than me , George Santaya said
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.



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Old 06-14-2011, 09:26 AM   #797
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yesterday was the best/worst day so far.

I took a different route thru Georgia than last year. This road turned to the worst dirt/rock crap I've seen in awhile. up over a mountain, 2000 meters high. for 100km until pavement continued.
of course I got to the peak at dark. theres nothing for miles, cant see shit, Im in the clouds. did I mention the rain?

man, it was fun!

I did get some cool pics too!

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Old 06-14-2011, 09:33 AM   #798
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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
That's the truth ... but too many people are trying to forget this ...
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:34 AM   #799
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up over a mountain, 2000 meters high. for 100km until pavement continued.
of course I got to the peak at dark. theres nothing for miles, cant see shit, Im in the clouds. did I mention the rain?

man, it was fun!
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Old 06-14-2011, 10:30 AM   #800
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when are you again im Bulgaria Mot Camp in Idelovo?...want to come in August/ September for a overnight visit?
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Old 06-14-2011, 10:43 AM   #801
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yesterday was the best/worst day so far.

I took a different route thru Georgia than last year. This road turned to the worst dirt/rock crap I've seen in awhile. up over a mountain, 2000 meters high. for 100km until pavement continued.
of course I got to the peak at dark. theres nothing for miles, cant see shit, Im in the clouds. did I mention the rain?

man, it was fun!

I did get some cool pics too!

Doug

Howdy Doug

is this the route from Batumi to Alkhazike?
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Old 06-14-2011, 03:54 PM   #802
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they say Helen had a face to launch a thousand ships.

I didnt see her, but I saw a girl there whose face would make a freight train take a dirt road.

As far as all the politics from that era/area go, I just share what I learn. Im no scholar, but I like to learn a bit from the places I visit. Sometimes the info is one sided, of course its always best to get both sides, & draw your own conclusion.
I actually got a nasty email last year, from a turkish guy who didnt like what I wrote in a magazine article about the armenian/turkish problems. He said something like 'we are trying to forget about this'
Well, a much smarter man than me , George Santaya said
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.



Or they want to blow sunshine and rainbows up your skirt about what happens, not wanting to recognize the nastyness that has(is) occured(ing).

Real life can be brutal as hell. It is unfortunate, but true.
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:27 PM   #803
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:15 PM   #804
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they say Helen had a face to launch a thousand ships.

I didnt see her, but I saw a girl there whose face would make a freight train take a dirt road.

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Old 06-14-2011, 08:04 PM   #805
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Howdy Doug

is this the route from Batumi to Alkhazike?
yep, thats the one. Have you been on it?
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:43 PM   #806
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Or they want to blow sunshine and rainbows up your skirt about what happens, not wanting to recognize the nastyness that has(is) occured(ing).

Real life can be brutal as hell. It is unfortunate, but true.
What's the saying? "History is written by the winner"?
That's why we normally have only heard half of most historical stories.
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Old 06-15-2011, 08:24 AM   #807
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yesterday was the best/worst day so far.

I took a different route thru Georgia than last year. This road turned to the worst dirt/rock crap I've seen in awhile. up over a mountain, 2000 meters high. for 100km until pavement continued.
of course I got to the peak at dark. theres nothing for miles, cant see shit, Im in the clouds. did I mention the rain?

man, it was fun!

I did get some cool pics too!

Doug
Looking forward to the pics. How's the Dirtster holding up?
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Old 06-15-2011, 08:37 AM   #808
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yep, thats the one. Have you been on it?
Sure did.

- Why not take this road? - a woman points at a road on a map.
- Looks cool. Only 160 clicks so we'll make it before night.
- And we will avoid the boring Batumi-Poti-Tbilisi road!
- Yeah! Both roads are labeled in the same category as "state-road-well-maintained" roads. Let's hit hit!

Next scene, the engine guard of the KTM was sliding on the rocks.

Shortly after and i was kissing (for the first time in my life) the freshly paved road.

But tell you what... we were lucky. A couple of riders tried to ride the very same road a week before us but it was closed aprox. 100 kilometers from Batumi. So, yes, they had to ride all the way back.

Did they fix this?









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Old 06-15-2011, 09:05 AM   #809
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WWI Pics

Great pics of the WWI sites. I hope someday there is a monument in the mid-east with a quote as profound as Ataturk posted in 1934.
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Old 06-15-2011, 10:36 AM   #810
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Gallipoli

For those who haven't seen it, a young Mel Gibson starred in a 1980's Australian movie titled: Gallipoli. Worth a look if you want a cinematic version of the events.
Ride on Doug...great stuff!
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