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Old 08-22-2010, 03:47 AM   #1
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From Greece to Crimea and back, a solo ride through 5 countries

Hi all,

It has already been a few weeks since I returned from this trip and it still seems too difficult (or too early) to gather my thoughts and ride a report, especially in a foreign language.

Although I ride for almost 20 years, this trip has been my first attempt to reach my neighborhood, Eastern Europe.

The planned route would pass from the following countries:

Greece - Turkey - Autonomous republic of Crimea - Ukraine - Moldova - Romania - Bulgaria - Greece

An area with such a strong taste that sometimes feels like a caress and sometimes like a punch in the face.


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Old 08-22-2010, 03:50 AM   #2
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My trip began on July 21. I had to cover approximately 1.100 km from Athens to Istanbul. I left Athens in the afternoon, right after I finished my work at the office. It was quite hot, up to 40C, and I was looking forward to reaching a friend’s home at Serres, to stay the night and have some rest

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Old 08-22-2010, 04:01 AM   #3
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This is the first part of the route
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Old 08-22-2010, 04:04 AM   #4
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I left Serres the next morning and entered Turkey after just 2,5 hours of riding.
The customs procedure was fast and easy. My next stop would be in Istanbul, where I would load my bike on a vessel which runs the route from Turkey to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea once a week.



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Old 08-22-2010, 04:08 AM   #5
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Istanbul was chaotic, but beautiful. I wish I had more time to visit this city properly.









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Old 08-22-2010, 04:11 AM   #6
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Time was pressing and I managed to get just a few hours to walk around near the Karakoy port. Istanbul needs all your senses to be wide open and deserves it for sure.









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Old 08-22-2010, 04:16 AM   #7
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At the port, I had my bike loaded on the vessel.

I’d better leave the pictures explain the loading procedure… it was like travelling in time.











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Old 08-22-2010, 04:19 AM   #8
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The ship departed at 22.00 at last and sailing the Straits of Bosphorus was breathtaking




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Old 08-22-2010, 04:25 AM   #9
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The next 34 hours I spent in the ship were a real experience! Words are not enough to describe the route with a ship cruising at 8 knots!

At least, among the containers and the ship equipment, there was a luxurious swimming pool.









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Old 08-22-2010, 04:28 AM   #10
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After 1 day and 2 nights onboard, we reached Sevastopol, the biggest Crimean port. It took me almost 6 hours to clear through customs and get my bike.

The Pilot approached the vessel and took controls.



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Old 08-22-2010, 04:32 AM   #11
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Sevastopol was closed to the public until 1996, due to the presence of the Russian navy. The city is magnificent, with great architecture and well preserved center.

Bear in mind that the city was completely destroyed by the German troops during the 2nd WW and just a few buildings are dated before 1946.















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Old 08-22-2010, 04:33 AM   #12
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...to be continued
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:39 AM   #13
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Hey George....why did you stop?
Where is the rest?? WE WANT THE REST OF YOUR RR!!!
THE REST OF YOUR RR!!!

BTW...in order a ride and day to start well...you have to drink a FRAPPE!!!
otherwise...

BTW2...for us is Constantinoupole..not Instabul... (nooo...that there is any difference...)
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:42 AM   #14
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George, very good first halve. On to the final! Love it!
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:56 AM   #15
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Fantastic! More please.
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