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Old 12-28-2011, 06:18 AM   #1
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Around The Blacksea, all the way to Caspian Sea (8 COUNTRIES)

Around The Blacksea, all the way to Caspian Sea (8 COUNTRIES)






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Old 12-28-2011, 06:49 AM   #2
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20 Aug – 05 Sep 2011 7.250 km





Cannot exactly recall, how the idea poped-up this summer to tour around the Black Sea by our bikes, but it was an idea we’ve talked about before. One of the breath taking routes to be done in a biker’s life. All was decided suddenly, as there was a religious holiday covering 5 working days upcoming and both Savas and me were able combine that with an additional 5 more working days out of our annual holiday, from the companies that we work for.

The routing was going to be clockwise, meaning, leaving Turkey from westbounds heading to Bulgaria then Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, sailing to Russia by the Azov Sea passage - Kerch, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Entering back from Eastbound border Sarp to Turkey.
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:52 AM   #3
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Can't wait for pictures & info.
I'm planning a similar trip for myself in 2012...
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Old 12-28-2011, 07:19 AM   #4
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VISA and the Preparations

As Turkish citizens, we have to get visas for many countries...Georgia and Russia are the ones that we can enter without getting any visas. For Bulgaria and Romania we can pass transit by Schengen visa. I did have a valid one, Savas had to apply for new one...Moldova and Ukraine visas been taken from the consulates in Istanbul. Final one was the Azerbaijan, Savas said he had been to Baku 2 times and he could buy the visa in the airport at the entry gate, so be it. We did not apply for any Azerbaijan visa.

Actually , we did not have major preparation until the last week. I did have an oil change to my 1200 gs Beemer and engine adjustments been done. That’s all. Even started packing just 2 nights earlier from the departure only. I did fit into 2 side cases, 1 soft tail bag and one tank bag which had been moving between the tank and one of the side cases from time to time.

My wife Ebru is from Pazar, Rize, North east of the Black sea coast of Turkey. Her parents were in Pazar for summer and we have planned to meet Ebru in Pazar on the way back from Georgia and spend a few days together in the region. Ebru will fly from Istanbul to Trabzon when I am on road.
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:02 AM   #5
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keep it coming. You've driven through places like Dagestan that qualify as 'war zones' on the briefings of some security consultancies. -You see, I'm aching to do a similar trip myself but need a written confirmation that it can be done without taking excessive risks.
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Old 12-28-2011, 01:46 PM   #6
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We have been talking about a trip aswell and so will look forward to the details.
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Old 12-28-2011, 02:42 PM   #7
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Old 12-29-2011, 05:31 AM   #8
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:45 AM   #9
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Day 1 Istanbul (TR) – Varna (BG) 490 km, 20 Aug 2011


We met each other early Saturday morning, on the junction of Bahcesehir approximately 50 km away from home early in the Saturday morning. We headed to Derekoy border. Smooth crossing to Bulgaria. The road on both sides were incredible with the nature. There was a big difference as the Bulgarian asphalt was not so good comparing to the Turkish side. We arrived to Varna late afternoon, passing through Bourgaz. Passed nice small towns, country is all green. Have searched for a nice small, budget accommodation in the city, failed unfortunately, we have asked to a bunch of people who were just out of a wedding, all were dressed up. They’ve asked us to follow their car, we did so. They have taken us out of city approximately 10-12 km, left us in an area where many hotels were located. We thanked them and got in to the area, was a touristic area with various kinds of accommodation. We found one villa,have rented a room for two, parked our bikes in the garden which was secure enough. When were all set, finally, it was dark. Left the villa on foot trying to find a place to eat. It was already 9 p.m when were done. First day was over with no problems.

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Bulgarian Border











An Italian Biker with no engine





Savas on Bulgarian asphalt




There is no place like Mc Donald's :)


Coffee break in a nice little town



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Old 12-29-2011, 06:54 AM   #10
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Beautiful part of the world! Thanks for sharing
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