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…. we ride out of Ankara late Sunday after a perfect
We visit Amasya and ride high on the oposite hill to get a
stunnin view and we continue to Tesova.
We want to head to Ayvachick, across the Kackar mountains but the people
in Tesova don’t seem to even want to show us the way. It’s dark by now and
they make signs to the sky.
Yeah, it’s gonna rain, we know .. but it’s not gonna be in
the next hours. They take us to the police station, we get Tunc on the
phone and it seems that the policeman are not very aware on how to get
across the mountains, what they can do .. is “show us on the map”. But
what they can also do is arrange for accomodation for tonight in “The
Teacher’s House”. We leave Gnu and the helmets near the police station
and in the next morning the same policeman was guarding them with the
machine gun at his chest. Excellent QoS.
We leave them some polaroid photos and head accross the mountains.
It’s been… the thing!
I bet we didn’t take the straightest way but it was what we were looking
for: rain, no asphalt, altitude, mud, rocks, stunning views, hanged
villages, so very good. It took hours in the 1st and 2nd gear… but
Gnu performed beautifuly. And only 4 drops, at 3-4kmh.
It was an excellent decission to take the hard cases. They saved Cri’s legs a
couple of times. We hit it further to Sumela that day. (they’ll close
soon this Internet Cafe in Yerevan so I have to stop for now but.. we
are safe, in perfect health, well feed, no sore bones, muscles or
anything that side, Gnu is in excellent shape (and she had to work a
lot… last time 2 nights ago when we crossed from Georgia into
Armenia on a dam broken-broken-broken country road, with hard cold
rain pouring into our bones, over a border post that took us back to
the times when we were not borne… b/w TV with long faces into a
truck container, “musama” on the table, machine guns and happy soldier
Till the next time,… we shall ride.
Google earth, GPS mapping in Ankara (no time to do this
before the trip so ther’s the time to do the work.). Haman, barber
.. Meandros turkish-greek fusion restaurant, good inputs from
Steven (he just came back from Georgia), new cats on the wall and …
… today must be the perfect day of rest because we drowe
more than 900 km in 1 day, took the first harder drop in a curve
between Irakly and Emona (we tried some beach-experience), the first
“off-road treat” in Bulgaria.. and dam, she’s fast on bumps and you
know you’ve got the right thing under you now.
..so, the sea for us and a first oil refillment for Antilopa Gnu
At the Bulgarian/Turkist border we are asked for the passports (oh.. lukily
we’ve taken them, I haven’t checked but I had the feeling that we took
them … and I was right), we go through, I take the first fine from
the Turkish Police (88kmh/70kmh, about 65Euros and 5 points), cross
Istanbul at rushour (17-18) and hit it for Ankara. It’s been cold,
yeah, cold. Dorian picked us up right at the end of the highway before
Ankara and having diplomatic corp numbers is very good for escorting
motocyclists in and out of Ankara. Him and Angela live right in the
center of Ankara and their appartment is the perfect place for lusting
around for 2 more days. After this night we didn’t have any serious
back/arms/legs pain. All the small things went away till the morning
so again… you know you have the right thing under you, the right
riding rithm, the right clothing.