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Old 04-12-2009, 11:57 AM   #121
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Lots of melt water coming down from the hills.







A tad too much in places






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Old 04-12-2009, 12:06 PM   #122
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Durng the summer these pastures are tended by goatherders and shepherds. There's nobody around now though









On to the lake



Um, nice



So nice we did it again






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Old 04-12-2009, 12:19 PM   #123
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.....................past some more melted snow






and one of these



to a small village near Gombe where apple growing a plenty takes place









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Old 04-12-2009, 12:27 PM   #124
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......................this village had SEVEN mosques, one on every street corner Each, it would seem, trying to outdo the next in terms of grandeur. Who pays for them goodness only knows. Maybe the villagers have a whip round for the one at the end of their street. The magnificence of the mosques contrasts starkly with the local houses












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Old 04-12-2009, 12:34 PM   #125
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...........................I thought I had told Zeki to leave the kids at home but we found them playing around unattended






Good job Donk was keeping order



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More of the same



This Sunday we decided to do last weeks loop anti-clockwise and take in Dokuz Gol and a bit of snow. Zeki on his XR650 and Bayram on his Yam XT350. On with the piccies.

Zeki likes to ride tracks sideways!






There are some pretty impressive old cedar trees in this neck of the woods, if you'll pardon the pun!






And the remnants of winter snow. Zeki thought it would be an idea to follow this track. Well, it was an idea I'll grant him that, though maybe not one of his better ones! An hours puffing and panting saw us back where we had started.






Oops more snow. Bang it in second and give it bags of throttle said Zeki in Turkish as he cleared the drift.



I banged it in second but not knowing the Turkish for throttle ended up body skiing!



Time for a spot of lunch and more talking biking bollocks.



Then back to Girdev Gol and home



Zeki let me have a go on his buyuk kirmizi domuz (Big Red Pig). For an hour I tried to stop the back wheel excavating the local landscape and reassuring myself that pain, in the event of an imminent get-off was only a state of mind. My nerves, and the fact that I haven't yet got round to purchasing medical insurance, eventually got the better of me and I handed it back to Zeki. You BRP riders have my utmost respect. I'll stick to the TT!

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Old 04-20-2009, 03:04 PM   #127
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Hey Dave,

Very nice piccies again mate, it looks very much like Switzerland up your neck of the woods, we still have not got up to the snow line here...every time I try to organise some off roading up the mountains everyone crys off ''Because its cold''

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Old 04-24-2009, 12:58 AM   #128
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Cheers Dave,

Been reading yours and Jaqhammers preps for the upcoming adventure. There are definitely two different approaches being taken re the trip. One slightly more casual than the other.

Have you checked the wear limit markers on your pads. Anywhere near the limit and I would change them 'cos you have a fair few miles, two-up, before you reach Blighty.

You've had a few changes already this year, what with the house move, operations and all. 2009 is going to be a memorable year

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Old 04-24-2009, 01:57 AM   #129
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Cheers Dave,

Been reading yours and Jaqhammers preps for the upcoming adventure. There are definitely two different approaches being taken re the trip. One slightly more casual than the other.

Have you checked the wear limit markers on your pads. Anywhere near the limit and I would change them 'cos you have a fair few miles, two-up, before you reach Blighty.

You've had a few changes already this year, what with the house move, operations and all. 2009 is going to be a memorable year

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Hi Dave,

Yes the trip is very near now, the Mrs. and I are excited like a pair of kids before Christmas....so we have decided to go sooner, perhaps next week.

Casul approach??.....what can you do, Jaqs from Austrailia, casual is in thier blood 2009 has indeed been a year and a half so far!!

It's going to be too much work writing 2 blogs on the road, I will keep mine up to date www.travelswithmymotorbike.wordpress.com and post on ADV later on, did you decide about the tent and bikers for this year?

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Old 04-24-2009, 02:29 AM   #130
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Hi Dave,

Tents, accommodation, etc on hold. Got enough on with looking after 90 year old father-in-law while Juliet keeps whizzing off to Antalya to take her friend for cancer treatment, something which will be ongoing for an indeterminate length of time.

Had a look at your blog. It's a good read. Was particularly interested in the little Flip camera. I've been looking for something similar but have been put off by the price of some of the helmet cams on the market. Currently I'm using an old camcorder which is a real pain in the bum, not to mention heavy for carrying.

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Old 04-24-2009, 08:09 AM   #131
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Hi Dave,

Tents, accommodation, etc on hold. Got enough on with looking after 90 year old father-in-law while Juliet keeps whizzing off to Antalya to take her friend for cancer treatment, something which will be ongoing for an indeterminate length of time.

Had a look at your blog. It's a good read. Was particularly interested in the little Flip camera. I've been looking for something similar but have been put off by the price of some of the helmet cams on the market. Currently I'm using an old camcorder which is a real pain in the bum, not to mention heavy for carrying.

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Hi Dave,

I would be happy to bring a cheap camera back for you, send me the link from ether currys or pc world website because I will be going in both shops when I reach UK, I would have to take it out of the pakaging though, customs.

Put the link on my other blog, that way I can easily refer to it when I reach Blighty.

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Old 04-25-2009, 01:20 AM   #132
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Thanks Dave..

....for the kind offer. Juliet is back in Blighty at the beginning of May for a couple of Christenings so she will be able to bring one back.

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Old 04-25-2009, 05:51 AM   #133
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:30 AM   #134
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Cheers Cloud9,

I'm just off to get the newspapers ................


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Off to Tescos for the newspapers

Along with plenty of eye candy the tourist season heralds the arrival of English newspapers . During the winter months the 90 year old father in law more or less remains glued to the goggle box watching endless repeats of CSI, CSI Miami, CSI New York, NCIS, Inspector Morse, Lewis, Midsommer Murders, etc. In fact not only could he now qualify as a pathologist and scenes of crime investigator he'd prpbably put up a good show in the running for any Chief Constables vacancy that came up. Anyway, all this crime malarky doesn't guarantee me a good nights kip so the arrival of newspapers not only gives the telly a chance to cool down but me an excuse for a ride

So I left the ferocious kitty to guard the equally frightening guard dog and headed off to Kalkan



along the coast road






past Karputas beach with it's first visitors of the year!






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