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Old 06-20-2011, 03:29 AM   #871
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Doug seems to have passed the Turkmenistan Border and is on the move again
Masha'Allah!
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:34 AM   #872
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:27 PM   #873
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Looks like he's in the capital city. That means he has 2, 4, or 6 days left to get through the country, depending on which transit visa they gave him.

All hotel rooms there are supposedly bugged.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:15 PM   #874
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4v days left of a 5 days visa;

often it ain't the bugs which are the problem, but the shiftworkers behind them; like they shut down your lines when they have to take a leak.........
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:47 PM   #875
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:35 PM   #876
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Stunning pictures

Keep it up. Spectacular! I know you have little time for narration, but the more the better.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:00 PM   #877
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Saturday, I went early to visit Ephesus, an ancient city. I’ve been to a lot of old ruins, but this place was impressive, and BIG!

I got there early to beat the busses of tourists, as Kusadasi is a big cruise ship port. By the time I got to the far end of the town, it was getting crowded, so I left.
Yeah, my ex-wife had me stuck on a 2+ week long cruise that started my riding career. Was so cooped up on that boat that I saw scooters for rent in Katakolon and convinced them to rent me a 50cc Sym. I took off, not knowing how to ride or where I was or anything. About an hour later, realized that I was in rural Greece, no one spoke English, I couldn't any of the road signs. So being the cautious person I am, I decided to take the scooter down a gravel rode and go exploring. Somehow, I made it back to the ship and bought a bike when I got home.

We stopped in Kusadasi and got the private tour of Ephesus. The ruins are impressive, but the private tour got us into the Terrace Houses, which are not normally accessible to the public as they are actively being excavated. The ship's (overpriced) bus tours don't get in normally either.

Absolutely phenomenal how they lived. Hot and cold running water, even an air conditioning system. The mosiacs and fresco work is in incredible condition too.

If you get a chance to revisit, figure out how to get yourself in to see the terrace houses. You won't regret it.
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Old 06-21-2011, 02:58 AM   #878
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nuke, great story about the ex/cruise/scooter. just being on a motorcycle gives you the feeling that you can do whatever the hell you want to do whenever the hell you want to do it.

doug, thanks brother for sharing this adventure. i'm taking notes.
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Old 06-21-2011, 05:54 PM   #879
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:50 PM   #880
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you are living on your own terms... thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:03 PM   #881
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Welcome to Turkmenistan!

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Old 06-21-2011, 11:09 PM   #882
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on another note, the heat in the desert yesterday may have fried the stator on my alternator. Its more of a pain in the ass than anything. I'm hunting for a battery charger to take along, & contacted a couple guys who are heading this way soon, so see if someone can bring a new stator.
I got a bit of a charge yesterday at a shop, and it made it another 6 hours, & it will still start the bike, but its not charging. I brought a spare regulator, which made no difference when I tried it. And I bought an Ural battery as a backup.
and some jumper cables. but Im having to run without my lights.

hey, what sort of trip would it be without a few headaches?

(coulda picked a better place to happen tho!

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Old 06-22-2011, 02:28 AM   #883
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Charging troubles , Dammit ! I figured that the electrical system would be the thing that would give you trouble first.

The simplicity of the "old iron" can be a big plus sometimes . They seem to be able to " run wounded "

I hope you get your troubles ironed out easily. Like many others, I'm following your RR with great interest and anticipation.

Good Luck, Scotty
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:56 AM   #884
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Hi Doug !

Glad you made it through the paper war.

to make you feel better (or worse, as it's a friend )

Tankut is riding a GS, as you remember

Well, who of the dear readers thought "final drive" ? Bingo- and that 5.000 km from the next dealer. Maybe you can give him a tow if you run into him in Usbekistan or Tajikistan.

Maybe though you can put a Ural rear end on it.........
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:30 AM   #885
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Hi Andi
sorry to hear about Tankut, where is he at? I'm sure fitting an ural rear drive on a BMW is doable. Would be pretty easy on an airhead I bet.
The good thing, as they wont last long, at least they are cheap & plentiful!

My friend Nick from Italy is heading to Samarkland friday on his harley bagger (we travelled some in georgia & armenia last year, until a roller crapped out in my motor) he is trying to find a stator for me now, to bring with him.
I found a battery charger today, the smallest I could find, is still pretty damn big. But with that, I can make the rest of the trip if need be, I think. altho I'd prefer to fix the damn thing.

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