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Old 08-29-2009, 12:29 AM   #31
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Neat Pics

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Old 08-29-2009, 12:51 AM   #32
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Great tour and nice pics.
Solo tour and two cups of tea, were u really alone
Ohh piggish me. I am just too greedy for Turkish tea though I know greediness is the seventh sin.
Noobs are always so curious at first. Why not introduce ya'self to us first?
Of course I wasn't alone. But I just can't stand seeing more Marine Corps pics here.
The gang:
The one scrubbing the neck in the morning, my buddy, is the highest in rank.
He stopped following us due to the failure of his KaTooM. And afterwards,
I slept all by myself in the tent. And this made me learn how to erect my tent
And of course, we weren't driving the caravan in the background, Mr. annunaki.

Another comrade. We went on together but we departed on the way home.

So I was alone half the Rally.

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Old 09-05-2009, 04:36 AM   #33
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After dinner, I slept very early. It was hot and mosquitos were all around.
Next morning, I went to swim and then had my breakfast. Some more tea with the German couple and then, I went on to ride after packing up.
Destination: Samsoun.
Road: Getting much better. Full throttle. Being stopped by cops many times. Regular check-outs. I learned the radar hide-outs from many of them.
Samsoun,seems so crowded to me after staying in deserted places.
No pauses, just for food and fuel.
Somewhere between Sinop and Samsoun

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Old 09-05-2009, 05:59 AM   #34
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Nice tour, eager to read more
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Old 09-05-2009, 06:26 AM   #35
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Thank you Strommer. I have a couple of problems copying and pasting the picture codes. I am trying to sort it out.
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Old 09-05-2009, 06:34 AM   #36
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And this reminded me of a famous mountain pass named Soganli.
Just a bit greener with more trees around.

A nice wooden barn to store the maize harvested.
I photographed as I rode. Entering another big city named Ordu. I covered quite a long way today, thanks to the four-lane road along the coast.
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Old 09-05-2009, 06:47 AM   #37
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I went faster to arrive at destination. I didn't want to take pics of tall buildings but the nature.
After leaving Fatsa, Unye and Ordu in turn, I took the road along the coast and higher up though there was one highway. I preferred the difficult one.It was getting darker but no hotel visible around high cliffs and the road only. Suddenly I saw a restaurant stopped the bike suddenly to ask for a room or a camping site. He said ''No''. I was angry and rode further to see what was more ahead.
Another restauant sign with a picture of a tent on it.
I met the owner and he was kind. He showed the spot for the camp. Both the restaurant and the camping spot were great with TV, internet, some papers to read.You will see that below
Great name. It's called as ''Secret Garden''

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Old 09-05-2009, 07:09 AM   #38
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The next morning

One more

This shot taken from just inside the tent. worth camping here, right?

These local chaps woke me up in the morning with ''Kolbastı''.
A folk song and its dance with strange figures.

Outta, there you'll will soon visit Iason Church.
And one more from the sea

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Old 09-05-2009, 07:49 AM   #39
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The route taken yesterday


Cape Iason and the church








Out of others, I like this picture most.


And the church







Really gorgeous, isn't it?









The coast in front of the church


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Old 09-07-2009, 05:14 AM   #40
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As I went on, I saw many professional fish farms. Bass and gilt-head bream are popular to grow and sell.

Up to the mountains, so many places to visit such as Iaoros Hill and cliffs but didn't want to spend my time on each sightseeing place.
Back to the road. I went on hitting the road and approaching another big province named as Giresun.


Entering Giresun, One could easily see the change in the weather conditions. Sunshine changed into clouds and mist above the mountains.

Giresun...

And its island

Tirebolu, A small town


Approaching Görele, I have another contact. A close friend. He has a house 20 km up to the mountains. 30 degrees on the coast but as I was climbing up, temperature was around 17 to 20 degrees.


No end with green colour and water springs


I arrived at the destination and he took me a tour of his village.
His uncle's old house. Appr 150 yrs old.


Tea and nut together



Such vehicles are so popular in Black Sea. The are professionla climbers.
What make and year is it?

I spent about 5 hours chatting, touring around and eating of course. Then, I made my way down the coast and rode east.
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Old 09-07-2009, 05:43 AM   #41
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I ended up my visit and went on to ride along the coast. I was getting moreand more impatient for famous Akçaabat meatballs at the Master Nihat Usta's.
Another province ahead.
Trabzon and then I make my way to Maçka, very famous with its Sumela Monastery.
My camping ground.Just on the riverbank. Gurgling water. Nice to hear it in tent.

Just taken in the tent. Nice, isn't it?

I had my shower and had my dinner. I checked my mails and went to sleep.
Next morning, I woke up and had my breakfast. I didn't pack anything. I left everything in the tent and went to see the Monastery.
Route taken yesterday

So many trout farms on the way, along the river


The river accompanied me up to the monastery

Typical wooden houses made of logs

Hitting the road




About 15 km up to the monastery with an appr. elevation of 1600m.

The spring of the river.So loud to stay but worth seeing.

BMW advertorial, one of my favourite pics

Elevation, but I went higher w/o bike
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A walk of just a few hundreds of meters but who wouldn't want a walk on such a path forever!
Scent of fresh air with moss



Paths and everything around, nearly as old as history.

The monastery was the main reason for why I chose this route.
Unfortunately, the main complex was under restoration, so; I couldn't picture the interior but the building only.
Luckily, I got some close shots of other buildings around.


Aqueducts







Wonderful panorama!


Once used as a kitchen



Halls, connecting buildings to each other


With some Turkish Architecture

Time to see frescoes
I start with tihs. I you see, three layers of lime plaster on the walls around and each belonging to a different era.

More with them


Who knows what they tell us!
Anybody to translate?


Showing Jesus Christ in pain after crucifixion

Another one

Look at here carefully please. In this fresco, there is a miseable man wearing worn clothes, standing among others. He was one the artists who made these frescoes. So why so miserable? Simple: he regarded himself as a sinner whereas the others were definitely not.

The Holy Bible in the middle, Jesus and his 12 Apostles, I think.

One more

Mother Mary with his son Jesus Christ

From the lives of the Apostles and some Saints

Some showing the return from Pilgrimage, visits to Jesus, and the Prophet Jonah getting out of a dolphin's mouth.







I went out and took a few more pics



This one showing the main complex is the closest.

I saw a path going down and took it to see more

See what I got here! I saw what I had always wanted.


Last one
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Old 09-08-2009, 06:57 AM   #43
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Hey thanks for the update. Great pics.

I visited Sümela Monastery early 94 and I'm happy to see from your pictures that the older frescos are now being revealed by the archeologists.

Usually the Byzantine era icons are unfortunately defaced. (Because drawing faces are considered idolizing by Muslim traditions) The older ones behind the newer ones still have the faces since they were never visible (thus never defaced)

Great trip and report. Please keep it coming!
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Old 09-12-2009, 02:43 AM   #44
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Hey thanks for the update. Great pics.

I visited Sümela Monastery early 94 and I'm happy to see from your pictures that the older frescos are now being revealed by the archeologists.

Usually the Byzantine era icons are unfortunately defaced. (Because drawing faces are considered idolizing by Muslim traditions) The older ones behind the newer ones still have the faces since they were never visible (thus never defaced)

Great trip and report. Please keep it coming!
Thank you econan. It is WE who still have been damaging those frescoes, not only Muslims. One can easily see all ABC's in the world carved on them. And that's a shame for all mankind.
P.S. More uploads coming soon.
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:50 AM   #45
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Great report Venturer, Thanks for sharing that side of our country which I have never been in. I'll be in Tekirdag at my Parents place in 2 weeks to go to Burdur for "Dovizli Askerlik" yahhhhhhh. Keep it coming.....
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