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Old 06-07-2010, 08:11 AM   #1
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Türkiye

Last year dad and I took a little ride to Bosnia and Montenegro to „test“new F800.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=507024

That was it, dad was hooked and he wanted to go further east. One day during the winter he asked me: „Shall we go to the Turkey?“, you can guess what my reply was. As I changed the job at the end of the last year and been pretty busy in months before the trip dad planed everything and I just tagged along.

So on Friday, 28.05 we hit the road. Plan was to ride for ten days, blast trough Montenegro, Albania and Greece because we were short of time as always, and spend around six days in Turkey and than ride back trough Bulgaria and Serbia. Around 5,500 km total.

First day was quite uneventful, quick ride on D1 road towards sea. First stop was in Knin.



We just took small detour trough Blato na Cetini because of cool landscapes.



Few hours later we reached coastal road. As you can see in next few pics it is amazing and becomes more popular between European bikers. Unfortunately it is packed with tourists during summer months, so best time for riding is spring or autumn. Summer is good only for „sea and sun holiday“.











After riding trough fertile Neretva River delta we reached Dubrovnik, probably the touristiest place in Croatia, but still amazing.







There is a spot on the road with a nice view of the old city, but sun and some haze in the air spoiled the picture.



Coastal road continues along Montenegro coast. Short ferry ride saves around 90 km of riding along Boka Kotorska Bay. It is very nice area, worth riding along (UNESCO World Heritage Site), but we have been there many times before.





Late afternoon we reached Bar , I mean the city , where our friend Gasho has a nice restaurant and Rajko has hotel so we stopped for the day.





Tomorrow Albania...
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:40 AM   #2
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:18 AM   #3
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Have been waiting for this.
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:48 AM   #4
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Old 06-07-2010, 01:48 PM   #5
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Keep it coming Damir!!
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:16 PM   #6
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Hi Damir
good as always - waiting for Albania.
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:49 PM   #7
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Nice, lets see some more....
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Old 06-07-2010, 03:02 PM   #8
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Lucky you !!

I think its the greatest thing to ride with your father! specially a trip like that!
By looking at your ride report that means that you are already at home and safe !Maybe next time we ride together and meet up close!
Lets see the rest of it!
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Old 06-07-2010, 04:11 PM   #9
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:58 PM   #10
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Albania was shocking. I was there in 2007 and traffic was bad, but this time we were amazed with number of vehicles on the road until we reached the coast. Maybe it was because of weekend or some kind of holiday.
Border facilities are new, and crossing was very easy.

We took main road from Skhoder towards Tirana, but just before Tirana we took the turn towards Durres. It started easy, but after few km we were overwhelmed by the traffic. There was also some big reconstruction on the road.







As we approach Durres, traffic was still very heavy. We passed trough the city and took few pictures from our bikes.









From Durres to Vlore road is very bumpy and narrow.





Crazy driving....



Then we reached the sea and traffic stopped. Landscapes were beautiful.



We climbed quite high and had more photo opportunity. On the top of the pass we met German rider.











Last kilometers in Albania were quite uneventful. Some more reconstruction and obligatory Albanian bunker picture.





Leaving Albania and entering Greece was quick, no problems on either side. We had more than 100 km of riding to the Metsovo where we booked hotel. We had plans to meet fellow ADVRider Zakou, but we arrived late and he was busy so at the end we had nice chat on the telephone. Next time friend!







After dinner it was time to sleep.
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Old 06-08-2010, 03:39 PM   #11
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Those coastal roads look awesome.
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Old 06-10-2010, 01:30 PM   #12
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Another quite uneventful day, but that was price to pay to reach Turkey as fast as possible. Nevertheless we had few highlights to show.

After waking up and enjoying panorama from our room it was time for breakfast and photo with very friendly hotel owner.





Despite the hurry we did not want to miss Meteora. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteora

















After that it was mainly highway for the rest of the day.





This is last petrol station before crossing to Turkey. Border was not very difficult but it took us some time before we entered Turkey. We met mixed group of Italian and Canadian riders on the border and had nice chat with them.



First interesting sight in Turkey was Dardanelles and ship traffic in the straight.





Soon we reached Eceabat and settled in Crowded House Hotel. Basic, clean and cheap. Next day we are going to visit ANZAC Cove and then cross in the Asia Minor.





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Old 06-14-2010, 05:02 AM   #13
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:16 AM   #14
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Your dad is my new role model.

I'll have to wait a few years but going on a bike trip with my son is a life-long dream...

Let's see more! Jako lepo!
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:21 AM   #15
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Your dad is my new role model.

I'll have to wait a few years but going on a bike trip with my son is a life-long dream...

Let's see more! Jako lepo!
+1 They are both cool guys.
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