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Old 03-07-2007, 07:36 PM   #1
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First ride to the Ida Mountain

Hi adv-riders!

I'd like to share some pics from my first excursion ever in the summer of 2005. I was diagnosed as having some extreme stress and took a 45-day escape to recover in Ayvalik on the Aegean coast of Turkey.

Ayvalik is a typical Aegean small town with a wonderful landscape and it's close to Antique historical places like Pergamum, Adramyttion, Troy, Assos - just to name a few.

For further info about the region:
http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Mid...alik/page1.htm


Ida Mountain (also known as Kaz mountain) is even more special as it's one of the panoramic favorites of the Ancient Greek Gods! Legend says that Ancient Gods watched the Battle of Troy from the top of this mountain.
http://www.britannica.com/eb/topic-281666/Ida

As the God's must have known the best spot to watch such an historical event I just had to go there too!

I had just taken my MC-license but was so fresh I didn't dare to ride my new F 650 GS DAKAR the ca. 500 km from Istanbul on my own so I had it transported to Ayvalik by truck.

I trained on dirt tracks and small roads for a few days and finally I went off for my first trip destined to the Ida Mountain.




About 75 km later I arrived at the entrance of the Kaz Mountain National Park and followed the ca. 35 km long gravel track until I reached the top (alt: 1774 m).




From here you can look down to the gulf of Edremit:



At the very top there is an ancient shrine which was visited continously in ancient times. This tradition continues even today!





Local descendants of Turkmen tribes who settles down in nearby villages adopted the ritual but renamed the shrine to Sari Kiz - meaning Blond Girl and it's visited by masses every year (no wonder blondes are so popular in Turkey!).



You can clearly see signs of old Turkish shaman rituals practiced only unconsciously in todays modern muslim Turkey but these rituals are still practised in Central Asian Turkic countries as well as Mongolia. The piling of rocks on each other or tying a knot of especially blueish (blue is the sign of Gök-Tanri/ Tengri = the highest ranking God of the Skies) cloths are all 'adak's (=offering/ wow).



As this is a tradition carried on for more than a thousand years I'm sure today muslim Turks of the area have no clue that it's a non-muslim practice descendant from shaman times.

So if you add it up you get:
Ancient greek shrine + visited by muslim Yöruk's (Turcoman descendants) + celebration of old shaman rituals = only possible in Turkey! :)

There is actually a slightly lower twin peak of the mountain where a military radar is positioned.


On the way I saw another Ancient Greek structure. It's not frequented today.



Before I headed back to Ayvalik I decided to go on to Assos - the ancient fortress controlling a part of the old sea route around the Aegean.



Today it's called Behramkale and is a popular place frequented by Turkish tourists in general.



On my way there, I was once again amazed by the rich history of this region and was thrilled to have taken this very first trip with my bike - to a new sense of freedom!


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Old 03-07-2007, 07:43 PM   #2
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Old 03-08-2007, 05:05 AM   #3
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Mmm.Oraları çok iyi biliyorum.
great work! we want new trips

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Old 03-08-2007, 05:05 AM   #4
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Excellent!! Another super Turkey ride report. Thanks for posting
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Old 03-08-2007, 04:10 PM   #5
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A great report and interesting facts many people are not aware of. Keep it coming my friend.....
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Old 06-23-2007, 07:50 AM   #6
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A great report and interesting facts many people are not aware of. Keep it coming my friend.....
I'm doing my best my friend

And I know you are too! We're waiting for your ride report from Spain to Turkey. As far as I know it'll be a first
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Old 06-23-2007, 11:45 AM   #7
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thank you

beautiful

absolutely beautiful

thanks for sharing
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Old 06-23-2007, 06:02 PM   #8
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can you please give us some more detail on the subject
"how to qualify for 45 days vacation due stress at workplace"
i wanna know the trick in case i need it one day
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Old 06-24-2007, 03:28 AM   #9
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I'm doing my best my friend

And I know you are too! We're waiting for your ride report from Spain to Turkey. As far as I know it'll be a first
I guess it will be first too but now my bike is in repair shop and they still couldnt find out what the problem is I hope I dont have to postpone my trip for long.
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Old 06-24-2007, 04:28 AM   #10
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can you please give us some more detail on the subject
"how to qualify for 45 days vacation due stress at workplace"
i wanna know the trick in case i need it one day


When that day comes, you won't need a trick.

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Old 06-24-2007, 04:29 AM   #11
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beautiful

absolutely beautiful

thanks for sharing
Thanks for reading and supporting
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Old 06-24-2007, 12:45 PM   #12
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who's your doctor

I gota see that guy.45 days off for stress?I'd need a year!
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