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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Ankara August 13th 2013

Blessings upon you fellow traveler! Alright, so right now I'm sitting on a bus bound for Istanbul, my second day in Ankara has come to an end and it has been a good one, although I must confess that my legs are hurting a bit from all the walking. Well, I got a great nights sleep, Tuncs bed was very comfortable. I started off easy, I charged all my batteries and talked with my girlfriend for a while. I headed out and started with the Kocatepe Mosque, located just around the corner. It was absolutely stunning and I definitely recommend visiting it! From the mosque I actually took a bus back to Ulus and made my way over to the Roman Baths, it's quite well preserved and a nice open air museum. Entrance was only 3 ... read more
The Roman Baths of Ankara
The Roman Theatre of Ankara
Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Izmir » Torbali August 13th 2013

Woolly says – We started with breakfast on the terrace overlooking the sea, so peaceful and beautiful. I enjoyed my boiled egg and cheese pastry though I’m not sure about cucumber, tomato and olives for breakfast. It was just what we needed after a long and sweaty night with no air con. Ollie was ready to go and we set off with the sun shining, following the road alongside the med. With rolling hills turning to small mountains every corner gave a different view, it was lovely. As we were half a day in front of ourselves we didn’t feel in a rush and as we cruised down the tarmac we looked forward to the day to come. First stop was Gallipoli, well it should have been! Woolly says – we had been driving for an ... read more
The Wooden Horse
The Amphithreatre
Crossing the Marmite

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Dalaman August 12th 2013

Hi to everyone. Be.careful and aware is because, for the first time in all my travels, I have been scammed. pissed off ? You bet!!! But nothing you can do about it, just keep on sailing. A couple of us went draw money out and when the card wouldn't go in I was worried, long story after that, but Di in NZ rang the bank and within 40 minutes my card was canceled in NZ but they had succeeded in getting a bit of money out. So, not to bad as card was canceled and that would be the end to it. No way!!!! That was midday Friday, by midday Sunday they had taken a bloody lot out. Even though the card was canceled it continued to work. Don't ask me how but tbe bank has ... read more
Just sitting around

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Koycegiz August 12th 2013

The campsite got interesting, Nick and Nicky our camp hosts had let us know that a large group would be arriving……. Woolly says – I thought it might be thirty or so people but NO it actually meant 180 Ukrainians who started arriving at 3pm and continued arriving until the early hours. We woke up to a forest of tents, they were everywhere. Jo tried to get into one of the three shower cubicles but it wasn’t going to happen. We packed up as planned and headed for some breakfast. We gave that idea up, it was pandemonium. Grabbing a couple of bottles of juice we hit the road. We would have waited an hour or so to be fed and we went with the view of ‘get something on the way’ and programmed James for ... read more
Hello Turkey
A sea View
Lorries for Miles

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Ankara August 12th 2013

Greetings fellow travelers! Alright, so my first day in Turkey has come to an end, how do I sum up this day? Well, to begin with I'm very tired because I didn't get any sleep on the flight tonight. I sat next to a nice Turkish girl named Amina and we ended up talking to each other the whole flight, or well, at least up until Istanbul which was her destination, but from there it was only an hour left to Ankara so not much time left to sleep. Oh right, the shoulder-strap to my backpack broke in Copenhagen so I had to make a fix with the waist-strap instead, I was sad to retire this backpack, my girlfriend gave it to me like seven years ago. So, I arrived pretty worn this morning and I ... read more
Victory Monument
Me in Front of the Citadel


Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Dalaman August 9th 2013

Yes, the sun is shining and it is very hot. Since arriving here I have had a very lazy time, just reading, swimming and generally doing very little. On Monday I arrived in Dalaman and met Steph and Robin and we got a taxi to a marina called Gocer and found the good ship Therapy with Martin and Viv on board. Great to catch up and find out what has been happening with every one. Gocer is a large village that has 5 marinas so there is quite a hustle and bustle about it.We ate in a restaurant that night and found the food good with lots of sauces. The beer was good as well. All the shops were still open at 11pm and heaps of people still on the streets. So, on Tuesday we motored ... read more
A Salmon{with Chris}
All settled in.

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Kadıköy August 8th 2013

We could not have landed in a more different place than the Columbia Missouri, Istanbul has exceeded my expectations in its uniqueness. As you will see throughout this blogging, I lack the creative writing skills to illustrate our experiences and will leave the nitty gritty to the photos. However, Iistanbul is old, congested, and any complaint that United States citizens have about the traffic in America have no idea how blessed they are! Dodging traffic has not only been a challenge but a necessity for survival, no joke! But the lamb kebabs and grilled sandwhiches have made crossing the street worth it. Anyone who visits Istanbul must visit Taxim, a northern province in the European side of the country that just. keeps. going. As I write this (at our hostel in Taxim, 2:30 am oour time), ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Black Sea » Artvin August 7th 2013

Wed 7th of August 2013 - Erzurum to Hopa on the Black sea coast The car still had the problem starting first thing in the morning, so I decided to return to the car workshop to seek help from my friend Veysel the mechanic. Because I could not explain the problem to him in Turkish, I took a video of the ignition problem and showed him. His diagnosis was that it is a electrical problem and took the car to the auto electrician. This man quickly checked the glow plugs and found only 1 in 5 of the glow plugs was working. So the failed glow plugs were replaced and then I bid them farewell as I was about to leave Erzurum. I headed towards the seaside town of Hopa and arrived at around 6pm. So ... read more
Keeping the car cooler by opening the bonnet slightly

Middle East » Turkey » Eastern Anatolia » Kars » Ani August 7th 2013

With just 3 days remaining before I cross the border over into Georgia, it's time to say farewell to Turkey. Having spent the past 9 weeks cycling through this beautiful country, visiting the western, southern, central and north-eastern areas it is fair to say that I have gained a good insight into what makes up this huge land, its people, its culture and its traditions. The cycling has been the toughest I have yet experienced on this trip, crossing numerous mountain ranges in the intense daytime heat. I have one more pass to cross the day after tomorrow which will see me pedalling to a height of 2640m (nearly 8000 ft). The heat has been so intense at times that the tarmac has been melting and sticking to my tyres. The number of punctures has also ... read more
A hat to stop him getting sunburn
Calcium water pools at Pumakkale
Pamukkale ruins

Middle East » Turkey » Eastern Anatolia » Erzurum August 6th 2013

Tues 30th July - Tues 6th of August Erzurum, Turkey CAR PROBLEMS Local Mercedes specialist fixed the two front wheels because they were a bit wobbly, and checked the brakes. Also fixed the problem I had with stopping the engine by pulling a wire. It turned out to be a problem with a switch and not a vacuum problem. There were 2 holes on the cover of the rear differential and when the car moved, oil was coming out of these holes. The mechanic wanted to remove the cover to fix these holes. I stopped him in time to ask him to try my putty like material that hardens into a metal like material. It worked. The holes were covered and we avoided a potentially messy job. The bonnet release mechanism broke and it has been ... read more

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