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Old 12-26-2014, 07:47 AM   #1
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8 days in Turkey

In this holiday period I have some time to summarise a nice 8 day long tour done in September in Turkey.
The 2 biker „team” from Hungary the same which done in the last year a short tour in Romania (link in signature). Already in that time we decided that the next one will be more remote and a bit longer one. Still the time we can be away from work was maximalised to 10 days . Our target was to spend most of the time in Turkey so we put the two bikes to trailer und drive to Bulgaria 150km from the boarder of Turkey.
In the planning phase we had some prefix as to avoid touristic south coast and megacity Istanbul. Finally the most eastern target to reach was Cappadocia with a daily etep of more or less 400km. We wanted to drive on secondary roads but still on tarmac and as much less highway as possible. It’s not that easy to find this compromise as the road development work very intensive and in many case the bypass of the 4 line highway already on gravel.

Stara Zagora (BG) – Eceabat 370km

Was a rainy day.

Some road was closed in Bulgaria due to flood. Turkish boarder pass was quick without too much waiting time. This part of Turkey quite European so we drive without sightseeing. At the end we were tired to dress up and down the rainwear, thunderstorms were all around.

Eceabat is a counterpart city of Canakkale on the other side of the see strait but a smaller one.

Before heading to our pension we stopped on the city coast.

It was Saturday and an outdore wedding party was in preparation.

We talked with this man. He was very familiar with Hungary as earlier was tourist bus driver.

The accomondatin was good and cheap
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Old 12-26-2014, 09:25 AM   #2
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Thanks for the beutiful pictures! Would be delightful to read more about you trip!
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Old 12-26-2014, 02:44 PM   #3
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You are all the time welcom in Türkey,Im living in Istanbul.If you have plan about coming again to İstanbul we can hang out by our Transalp
so Dont you have more pictures?
Go,by what?where? that dosent matter just go
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Old 12-26-2014, 03:40 PM   #4
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Old 12-26-2014, 05:22 PM   #5
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Old 12-26-2014, 06:44 PM   #6
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Thanks for the beutiful pictures! Would be delightful to read more about you trip!
Second that! I am sure you took more pictures OP, post them!
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Old 12-27-2014, 01:00 AM   #7
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Canakkale - Birgi

The morning started with a ferry crossing and we stepped in to Asian side, beginnng of real Turkey.

The ferry goes in each hour and takes aprox 30 minutes.

Not far from Canakkale we stopped to see the Trojan horse and ruins. We expected to have tourists but with full of tourists it was not the best ideal. We would skip it now.

Kücükkuyu in the view

In the afternoon we ride in Bergama up to the Acropolis. There is no photo from the ruins due to some rain plus I was more intersted to see the nice lake view.

Go up to cable car also possible

With raising temperatures we were not much sensitive to rain but was not a big fun to drive in standing water

In Turkey bigger bikes are very rare so you can expect to be in the spot.

Not that difficult to find fruits on the side of the road.

View just before Birgi

Our destination for 2nd day was Birgi village. It’s a small village but very authentic and beutifull and on the candidate list of Unesco World Heritage sites.
Here we experienced first the famous turkish hospitality.
It was late afternoon and we arrived to the middle of the village without knowing where is our accomondation exactly.
There was a little local farmer market.

Aydınoğlu Mehmet Bey Mosque built in 1313

As we stopped peoples were coming asking from where we are what we are looking for and invited for a tea and for "ayran".

Ayran is a cold joghurt type drink and very refreshing.

Finally we found our small pension which perfectly fit to the atmosphere of the village.

Dinner time. Lot of vegetable in the table, you can eat without worriing to sleep well.

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Old 12-27-2014, 12:25 PM   #8
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Birgi – Sultandagi 402km
We started the day to look around in Birgi , it’s realy nice place with traditional architecture.

We do not expected much to see in this day just cruising in central Anatolia’s flat high plateau.
In the morning time we rode through grape yards. But the grape here used to make raisin. Turkey the 2nd biggest raisin producer in the world and from one third of the grape they make raisin.

Typical landscape from this day. We can drive one hour without lift back the throttle.

Always needs to maintain the attention

Quick stop in a small town for a cafe, already a spectacle to see the vibrant city life meantime. We were guests of the owner.


The evening we spent in Sultandagi city, nothing special here. It’s the historical bath of the city.

Dinner time again

Next day we will reach our target destination and we will see lot of nice places.
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Old 12-27-2014, 05:23 PM   #9
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Great report so far. Nice pictures and commentary. Looking forward to more.
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Old 12-28-2014, 03:48 AM   #10
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Day 4
Sultandagi – Göreme, Cappadocia 410km
At the beginning of the day we used some higher speed roads to save time for the afternoon.
Before our trip we had some preconcept that the traffic will be dangerous in Turkey (terrible accident stats. etc.) and we prepared ourself to be even more deffensive and focused on the roads. After 3 days have to say that we were positivly supprised. At first the speed of the locals not higher than normal. The traffic is high only around big cities (we bypassed most of them) and between them is mostly transit truck traffic. It’s fact that the traffic rules repsected no strict and you can see sometimes that agriculture vehicle coming on the service route of 4 line higway in opposite side for a short distance to save time. If the junction is empty red lights are not all the time repsected. But the most important that participants in traffic are whatching each other and whatever they do they put attention to others.
If we stop on remote petrol station peoples are happy to see us and tea/chai is part of the service.

If we asked locals which is the right way everyone was very helpfull. For sure first is the hand shake

Accidentally we found this remain of a mine.

As we arrive near to Ihlara valley the terrain becomes more and more varied.

It’s fact that Istanbul’s population was 2,7M in year 1980. Today is 12M. Lot of peoples are moved from this part of the country to big cities and this can be detectable in villages. Lot of abandoned houses.

Place to pick up water not for drink for sure.

Ihlara valley is a 16km long gorge cut in vulcanic rock. Ihlara valley we crossed in the middle at village Belisirma. Here we can drive in to the valley then up on the other side.

The valey from Ihlara village which is one end of the gorge.

Not fare frome Ihalara valley we stopped at the edge of Güzelyürt at Yüksek Kilise (High Church) which built on to a high rock.
Nice view from here.

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Old 12-29-2014, 06:07 AM   #11
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Before we arrived to our half way pont Cappadocia we stopped to take a late lunch on a road side restaurant.

At the end of the day we arrived to Göreme. Touristy but worth to see.

Cappadocia is a place where we can spend easily 2 more days hiking and looking around but we had not time just to spend an overnight. The ballon tour quite expensive so it was not in our plans.

In the morning we woke up to the noise of the ballons.

Turkish breakfast and morning relax

The work is already running in the next door.

Before heading back to west direction we made a short tour within the chimneys

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Old 12-29-2014, 07:15 AM   #12
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Göreme - Beysehir 473km


At the planning we had a concern go around Konya from south or from north direction. The south was more challenging terrain but in this case we would skip the salt lake (Tuz Gölü in türkish)
Finally we decided to go north.
The Tuz Gölü is the second largest lake in Turkey one of the largest salt lake in the world.

For most of the year, it is very shallow. During winter part of the salt is dissolved in the fresh water that is introduced to the lake by precipitation and surface runoff. During the summer the lake dries up exposing an average of 30 cm thick salt layer in August. This mechanism is used as a basis for the process of the salt mines in the lake. The three mines operating in the lake produce 63% of the salt consumed in Turkey.

There is not much possibility to go near to the lake with normal vehicles.

Lunch. The pasta was filled up with some cottage cheese. I was not hungry more on that day.

Some endless dirt road on Central Anatolian plateau.

I have to mention that one of our daily rutin was to buy a melone. It was sweet and different from what we have in Hungary. Was realy refereshing always.
We bought it wherever we found a possibility.

In the past days 3 days we had no rain and the rainwear was not in use. In the afternoon we just avoided a thundersotrm with ice rain.
It hit down 10 minutes before we arrived to the area of the storm. It washed down some routes.

The white patches are ice and also mixed with mud. Standing water all on the places. Unbelievable how quick the weather can change.

That mud. The Honda Deauville becomes almost an adventurer bike.

We arrived to destination city Beysehir.

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Old 12-29-2014, 08:38 AM   #13
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Great ride

Most enjoyable to read, puts Turkey onto my list

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Old 12-29-2014, 08:53 AM   #14
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Thanks for sharing! I'm looking forward to the rest of the report.
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:29 AM   #15
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Awesome just can't wait for your next updates
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