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Old 09-17-2010, 04:35 AM   #16
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Lovely post. Turkey is a great country, the people are amazing, the food fascinating, the culture, the music and the girls . Spent three weeks there traveling everywhere, unfortunatly by plane, but hey, someone else paid for it.
Thanks for sharing, and you should not only be a magnet to turkish boy .
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Old 09-17-2010, 05:26 AM   #17
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Salute;
I do like the way you write that RR, great places great pics great bike great RR!

A ringrazia vi!
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Old 09-17-2010, 05:44 AM   #18
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Neat pictures and report. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:11 AM   #19
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I liked your ride report....but even more the way and what you watch by your camera.....nice pics......thanks
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:32 AM   #20
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Glad everyone is enjoying it!

But just WAIT until I write about the dirt road north through the Black Sea mountains, it was a road built by the Russian military during WWI and it's found a place in my top ten rides of all times.

My F650 is a trooper, I love that bike so much that I had the same one here in San Francisco.

More to come!
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Old 09-17-2010, 09:43 AM   #21
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Mt Ararat, my SPOT personal tracker and Ani

We visited the military citadel built around 800 BC in Van, well I should say Luke visited it and got some great shots of the city and lake from the top.





Me, well I sat with this nice man Murat and talked about his favorite topic Shakespeare.



We decided Lake Van wasn't as amazing as everyone talked it up to be so we headed North East towards the Armenian border and a place on the silk route called Dogubeyazit



And



We rode by the northern part of the lake through what I can only call and 'end of the world biblical hoard of bugs'.



Notice the clever way I got the mosque in the reflection on the right side.

This was on top of the mountain and afforded a cool breeze.


Midget's, oops, I mean little people, oops again I'm so politically incorrect....only those would fit in this alcove


I thought this was kinda funny. Famous historical landmark and pigeon rest stop


This city was right on the silk route.



Found the toilet. :) I'm getting good at these squat things by now. Even figured out how to not pee on my pant legs or boots. (right about now I don't care if there is toilet paper or not on the trip and I'm stopped using my hair brush after Mt Nemrut)




Being close to the Armenian border we see an even greater military presence.


Nice photo of Luke and Mt Ararat.



Ended up guerilla camping in Digor at a gas station with a litter of puppies


The following morning we headed off to Ani but via a GPS dirt road detour. Due to lack of food and a bad night sleep (the wind was so strong it lifted my tent up and I was the only thing holding it down) we turned back after the rocks got bigger than a softball.

But not before losing the SPOT personal satellite GPS tracker to a small band of village boys.

We didn't know for sure but the last coordinate sent led us back to them and I told Luke I was pretty sure they had it, sure enough they did and had turned it off so I had no way of knowing if they hit 911 or not.

I found out later at Ani.


This group of men was the police.

Before that I was sitting at this mosque inside Ani when the Jandarma pulled up and asked if I knew of two American tourists lost on motorcycles.


See that road leading up to it? From where Luke took this photo (and you can see me in front in my white shirt waiting in the shade) he saw them tearing down the road.

After I assured them and also the border patrol that I was OK we enjoyed the city. Check out this photo of one of the churches and the border tower on the Armenian side on the right.


Ani was called the city with a 1000 churches and that's all that's left standing


Not sure how I feel about the renovation efforts




Another church


Loved the black and red stones


Toppled minaret with me inside


And


And you guessed it, another church


Rode around this beautiful lake on our way to the Black Sea region



Tomorrow the Kackar mountains and more adventure!
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Old 09-17-2010, 01:29 PM   #22
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Kackar Mountains and a broken shifter

We slowly wound our way out of the valley and headed for the Kackar mountains

The locals use these pullies to get across the river since there aren't any bridges.


Stopped in Yusufeli for the most disgusting thing yet


I still shudder thinking of eating this.

The first beautiful glimps of the valley


Shortly after that my shifter broke off


Not to worry, before Luke had negotiated the price of this awesome pension, I found a man to weld it back on.


Melted the rubber a little


Look at this gorgeous, clean, new, big room all to myself!!!!


And a real bathroom


Its the first pension as you enter town


Cool outdoor dining table


A jeopardy question for me is how many tomatoes I've eaten on the trip....
too many to count but they are delicious!


Fleshy foods....WTF?


100 shades of green


I must say it felt weird walking for a change.


A fully loaded pully


Don't even think about doing anything.


It didn't say I couldn't pee in the bushes though. :)



Next day we got back on the bikes and tested my re-attached shifter


Should have used the tripod, this was the photo I was trying to get.


Taking a break


River snakes along the dirt road


Neat bridge


The most rustic drinking fountain I've seen yet


Luke went hiking again while I rested in the shade by the pink house


Beautiful dirt roads



Now this photo makes me laugh. When I was researching on ADV and Moto-Park websites for places to see in the Black Sea region, I found many photos of riders on their bikes with a photoshopped girl in a bikini standing next to them at this exact waterfall.

Sorry boys, no bikini, see prior posts for that.


Goodbye Kackar mountains and hello hurricane winds
Stopped in this small village where they offered food and accommodations but Luke wanted to keep going


The idea was to make it to uzungol for the night but the intense wind coming off the mountains sent us back to Bayburt for the night


Yes it's holding me up!

Tomorrow the most beautiful ride of the whole trip!
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Old 09-17-2010, 01:32 PM   #23
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Great ride and pics!! thanks for taking us along. Nice helmet!
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Old 09-17-2010, 06:14 PM   #24
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Great ride and pics!! thanks for taking us along. Nice helmet!
And legs.
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Old 09-18-2010, 03:41 PM   #25
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Dunedin

Well I've not seen the Eastern side of the South Island when I visited a few years back and missed milford sound due to a ton of rainfall....might make it back again. :)
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Old 09-18-2010, 06:20 PM   #26
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And legs.
Not particularly acceptable dress in Turkey.
Long sleeves are recommended, as well.
Just sayin' :)
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Old 09-18-2010, 08:59 PM   #27
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Turkey Tour

Thanks for sharing your adventure, this is a part of the world few of us in the States will ever have a chance to see. Beautiful old ruins, not like anything I have seen before. Looking forward to more!
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Old 09-18-2010, 10:02 PM   #28
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Not particularly acceptable dress in Turkey.
Long sleeves are recommended, as well.
Just sayin' :)
more miniskirts in Ankara than central Europe - just sayin

Can bring unwanted attention in the east, though
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Old 09-18-2010, 10:46 PM   #29
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I want a cool snack.
In a hot air balloon,
Amid ancient ruins--

My belly full as the moon.

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Old 09-19-2010, 12:11 AM   #30
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Yeah I see what you are getting at, definitely the women were very repressed even in such a progressive country as Turkey.

Whenever we arrived in these villages, females were simply not around, cloistered away in their homes I suppose.

The black sea region however showed a much more open and tolerant attitude towards women, I saw almost no head scarves and they seemed much freer to be and wear what they wished as you'll see in my next post.
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