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Old 10-23-2013, 06:30 AM   #1006
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Bloody smashing Dicky, i'm planning on getting over that way next springish
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Long time no hear Phil. Drop by if and when you are in the area

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Old 10-23-2013, 06:38 AM   #1007
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Great trip, beautiful places, nice pics and a grey storyteller

It seams to me that you enjoyed your trip :)

Keep it coming.

Where to next?

Hi Adrian,

You might have read another of my writings "Fifty Shades of Grey"

Trip was great thanks, though to be honest we did prefer the Bulgaria/Romania trip earlier in the year. More culture, better food, good hotels at decent prices and friendlier folk oh, and superb scenery. Most of Georgia and Armenia just seemed well f......d to be honest.

Where next? No idea yet. Toying with Slovenia and the Czech Republic then down the Adriatic coast but nothing firm.

All the best to you and your mum from us two
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:14 PM   #1008
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...........Then it was off round Lake Van









to Van. Famous for its cats with different coloured eyes and webs between their paws. These cute kitties love to swim, apparently









At the western end of Lake Van is a town called Tatvan. Overlooking Tatvan is










an extinct volcano with a lake in the middle of it









600kms to the west we stopped at another Nemrut










Nemrut Dogi










Four weeks, four thousand miles. Think I'll put the kettle on



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Old 10-23-2013, 10:06 PM   #1009
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Fantastic report and great photos, thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-25-2013, 04:11 AM   #1010
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IvanRus of this parish, who we met in Georgia,







has put together a couple of videos on YouTube which he has very kindly let me post on here. Unbeknown to either of us we more or less followed the same route through Georgia and eastern Turkey. Nice blokes, Russians



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZTsf5PA_Z0


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd2AYRPxxBE


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Old 11-03-2013, 05:36 AM   #1011
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November you say! Oh, really.....

Holidays over it was time to blag a quick ride out with Paul to reacquaint myself with the Turkish med. Taurus mountains? Fine by me sir






Having trouble maintaining a stiff upper lip









So was he









20 degree C at 2240m. 28 degree C an hour south at sea level









Sometimes I wonder why I ever go away



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Old 11-07-2013, 11:43 AM   #1012
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Remember this guy VIA MEDITERRA - The journey around the Med with an HP2
who came visiting with his girlfriend Diana in the summer? Dirk kindly posted me the result of a photo shoot he conducted on the road near our place during his visit. A true Master of the Light







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Old 11-07-2013, 03:30 PM   #1013
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Wow very nice. Glad to see you travel into Armenia

I am Armenian.
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Old 11-11-2013, 07:49 AM   #1014
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Hi TonsOfFun, thank you for the kind words. Thank u 2 to you Gvidon, loved your country. Never seen so many wild birds of prey in their natural habitat.

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Old 11-12-2013, 05:38 AM   #1015
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Catching up with the kids..........

It had been a while since I'd been out to play with the kids. Besides, Mehmet had heard of a new road he wanted to explore. Bayram led off, avoiding water channels from the recent rains








Mehmet wasn't far behind on his DT125









What started off as me, Mehmet and Burkhard going out for the occasional ride has mushroomed into a group of 20 odd folk bearing the inspired moniker "Kas Enduro Club". Folk come and go and generally ride what they can bring, borrow or bodge. After a couple of hours we stopped at another Mehmet's cousins brothers place for çay and fruit unanounced, as you do The çay was served by Recep and his piercing blue eyes, not common amongst Turks









His little sis, Nisa, shared the same genes









Lunch finished the newer, less experienced and infinitely more wise biking folk cleared off to enjoy the rest of their Sunday afternoon leaving me Zeki and Bayram to find out what Mehmet had up his sleeve.


Oh, a goat track








with potholes









and stairs









and stone walls









and gorges










Zeki and his Big Red Pig









The kids Mehmet, front left. Zeki mid epileptic fit and Bayram giving me the glad eye on the right :ymca









And Mehmet's new road? Three hours to travel five kilometres I told him next time I'd take the bus!



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Old 11-13-2013, 04:39 AM   #1016
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i don't think it matters where in the world you go, that dirtbikes turn men into goofballs....

i mean... it's not really a bad thing....
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:30 AM   #1017
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:46 PM   #1018
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always great pics! DickyB I looked back at your first few posts and did not see it, so how did you pick Kasaba to move to from GB? Just curious why not some other country or place in Turkey?
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:45 AM   #1019
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Couldn't agree more davesupreme


Good question DCrider. When we were in the UK the Mrs and I both had busy jobs and due to family commitments our biking adventures were limited to two weeks a year. So we would pack up and head off to Europe and see as much as we could, always sub-consciously using the trips as recces for a new home because we didn't want to stay in the UK forever. Anyway, we ended up looking at Greece, Spain, France, Germany, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Portugal, etc, none of which appealed. We very nearly settled on Transylvania in Romania but the winters put us off. Feeling a bit deflated and more or less resigned to staying where we were I got talking to a workmate at a conference we were both at. He had just bought a derelict farmhouse near Kas and was pretty excited about the whole thing. We flew over, loved Kas but didn't want to be on the coast so I flagged down a local lad on a DR650, hired his bike and we went looking around the locality. Juliet saw a field and said that'll do so we bought the field








and had a house built.









Eight months after our first visit to Turkey we had sold our UK house, packed in our jobs and moved into our garden here in Turkey because the new house wasn't finished. That was an entertaining three months







Since being here we have travelled widely in Turkey and still think we made, for us, the best choice regarding location.


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Old 11-14-2013, 04:05 AM   #1020
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Thanks for the insight, sounds like you did your homework and found your paradise. I was in Turkey in Jan '08, visited Antalya and Ephesus among the other usual places, was a bit chilly then but great to have all the tourist places to ourselves, absolutely loved Turkey and your photos make me want to get back and see a lot more off the beaten path.
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