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Old 01-31-2014, 07:41 AM   #91
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Sorry for the lack of postings, but I had to make good use of the riding season in New Zealand
do we get another ride report?
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Old 02-01-2014, 08:08 AM   #92
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Amazing... Was this photo taken in Macedonia, and where exactly?
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Old 02-01-2014, 08:20 AM   #93
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So cool--I think I might have been at the same restaurant last year, second part of June... The place also had a little hotel, and offered a great view of the reservoir.

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Good to see that Plovdiv has retained its early morning charm :) I had walked these streets countless times, mostly well into the night and always liked how trees closed above the street to form a tunnel. I miss that.

P.S. Sorry for the rude lady at the post office, that was uncalled for, epsecially since the country nowdays depends mostly on tourism...

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Old 02-01-2014, 01:02 PM   #94
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I actually left reasonably early but realized in Pogradec that I left my ID at the campground. So had to return


The same happened to me ... I then learned that you can ride halfway across Europe without an ID or passport ...

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So, where do you think is the best place in Bulgaria to kill some time?
Well, if you were near Plovdiv I think I know the answer ...

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Old 02-02-2014, 03:48 AM   #95
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Amazing... Was this photo taken in Macedonia, and where exactly?
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Yes, in Galichica National Park, looking down on Lake Ohrid:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=40%C2...76172&t=m&z=12
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Old 02-02-2014, 03:58 AM   #96
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P.S. Sorry for the rude lady at the post office, that was uncalled for, epsecially since the country nowdays depends mostly on tourism...

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I thought she was pretty entertaining. It is all part of the current situation in Bulgaria and some people struggle with the changes.
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Old 02-02-2014, 04:15 AM   #97
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Amazing pictures. Now I have to subscribe to this one also. I'm mad at you like SEB now.. because I have to follow central Asia RRs. I have the fooking addiction.

I wish I had more time in former Yugoslavia. It was December when I went through so I had to stay on the coast. I'll have to return there also.
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Old 02-05-2014, 03:42 AM   #98
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missing boxes

Jake wants to know if ytou ever found those missing boxes?
Got a sunburn in Karamea today.
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Old 02-23-2014, 03:22 PM   #99
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On the way back from the post office



I saw a couple of guys standing by a bike with a new tire. I needed to look into some new tires and thought they would know for sure where to get some. I started talking to them and Encho offered to do a tour of the local tire places with me. I think we covered them all and I got some promising info and phone numbers. Great guy and I really appreciate his help.



After a quick lunch with Encho I was off to the Buzludzha Monument









It was pretty windy and the roof has taken some serious beating since the last time I was in there. The noise inside was incredible. Lose parts of the roof were rattling like crazy. I decided to leave my helmet on.

Unsurprisingly, it also looks a bit worse for the wear since I was there last in 2009



I carried on over the Schipka pass and as I got closer to my destination, it seemed like the roads weren't getting all that much traffic and started to grow over.



Just in time for evening drinks I made to Motocamp Bulgaria in Idilevo.



Perfect place to chill for a few days.



Enough time to watch a local stunt riding competition





and get some tires ordered and mounted



A short trip to dinner turned into a mini adventure







We did get some tasty food and made it back some time after midnight. Little did I know that this was just a warmup for Doug's TAT Harley side car trip :-)

When the package with my parts arrived I rode back to Plovdiv to pick it up.



With an early start next morning I made it to the border in good time. The last gas station before the crossing even had it's own MIG fighter jet.



No issues at the border and good time on the toll road to Istanbul. Mehmet Zeki Avar was already waiting for me at Kuzgun Motor, my passport in hand. Either the visa agency or the Russian consulate had screwed up my visa and instead of the one year, multiple entry visa I had gotten a regular two months visa. With May being a string of holidays in Russia, I couldn't get my passport back before I left Germany. Well, it all worked out thanks to Mehmet. Time to celebrate



Mehmet is a tireless ambassador for Turkey and the epitome of hospitality. He has helped many a traveler and is full of useful information, not just about Turkey. I don't know how he fits it all in his busy days.

Abdurrahman and Taylan from Kuzgun Motor are true champs. Not only did they let me stay in the little club house next to the shop, they also let me use the shop to do my repairs.

Well, the clutch housing I ordered didn't come with the parts (I only got it a couple of weeks ago!). So, I couldn't change the LHS, with clutch housing, water pump and all. Changing the clutch housing seems to be the only cure for those who had the early water pump failure on the GS650, like I had. I did change the clutch cover though. Also a known potential trouble spot with that engine.

I had been to Istanbul earlier that year and wasn't really motivated to go sight seeing. I did make it in town one night. The park between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia is always a happening place at night.





After a couple of days it was time to say good bye and thank Abdurrahman and Taylan once more for their great hospitality.

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Hey Dave,

Yeah, I think I have to check Jake's place one more time. Didn't make it to Karamea this year. Too bad I missed you guys. Would have been great fun.

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Old 03-04-2014, 07:05 PM   #101
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I made a beeline for Safranbolu, a nice Ottoman era town.



When I got there I found it all a bit too touristy and crowded.





So I just had something to eat and kept going



until I found a good spot to camp for the night.







After getting up early and a quick stop for supplies I continuied on the back roads









Eventually, I reached the coast





where I stayed at a small campground near Sinop.

















I spend a couple of nights in Yusufeli, enough time to go rafting again.





Yusufeli has changed quite a bit since 2009. The guesthouse was once a nice green place on the outskirts of the town. Now it's wedged in between ugly apartment blocks.















I had to stop for some blasting. While waiting I noticed that my rear tire looked kind of flat. Sure enough, a huge piece of wire was sticking out. With plenty of people waiting there with me it was pretty easy to prop the bike up and fix the flat right then and there. I got it done just before the blasting was over. So didn't even lose any time.



The dam building continues in that area. Villages disappear into the water and new roads are being put in higher up.





Along the way was a little Georgian church























After one more night of wild camping a few km from the border, I crossed early, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to hand over my guns.


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Old 03-05-2014, 09:44 AM   #102
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Loving this. Your photography is stunning...
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:02 AM   #103
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:59 AM   #104
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