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Old 01-06-2014, 10:38 PM   #1
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Riding V-Stroms in a rock salt mine!

Whoa! What an experience! We organized a small trip to a rock salt mine near Ankara, Turkey. 4 VStroms, plus a BMW K1200GT, plus a Honda MX. The mine was closed on a Sunday, but we made a few phone calls and had the mine opened for us. Benefits of living in a not-so-developed country.

Waiting at the entrance of the mine:

Our VStrom reflective vests look nice by the way.

After the main door of the mine was opened, we rode our bikes into the mine! It was an amazing experience. There are lots of tunnells, galleries, connections, air vents going in all directions for almost 5 miles. It is like a labyrinth, and without a guide you would surely be lost. The tunnels are quite big, allowing big trucks to come and go. The main gallery at the entrance is also a small museum and open to visitors. The air inside is very cool, damp, salty, and it is said to be good for lung problems.

This is one of the first tunnels, dating back to 1850's.

My wife, and an old carriage that was used more than 100 years ago.

A sculpture made of rock salt. Its name is 'Angel'.

There were also some naturally mummified animals that got lost and died in the mine. The salt preserves them. Also, putting big chunks of rock salt beside your bed makes you sleep more confortably our guide said. We gathered some...

VStroms in a rock salt mine!

A few drops of water from the ceiling fell on the bike. It quickly turned white due to the salt. The wheels were also white, even our jackets smelled salty. Sure the bikes were rinsed throughly after we got out.

We rode our bikes to the unilluminated new galleries at the depths of the mine, and stopped to get some nice big pieces of salt. We turned all lights off to feel the darkness, and held our breaths to hear the silence. It was amazing and scary. Not even a single photon of light, and absolute silence other than heartbeats!
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:05 PM   #2
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Very unique subterranean report!
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:07 PM   #3
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Interesting stuff!
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:41 AM   #4
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First mine ride I've seen. BTW, the vests look great.
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:26 AM   #5
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What a great and unusual experience! thanks for sharing!!
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:39 PM   #6
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thank you for sharing, this trip looks really extraordinary
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:34 PM   #7
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very cool
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