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Old 03-31-2013, 03:07 AM   #1
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Trip through Turkey, Iran, Stans, Russia, Mongolia









First day of the trip, 0,00 km.

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Old 03-31-2013, 05:30 AM   #2
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:21 AM   #3
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Last day of the trip. Many cups of tea between. And as you can see, I wasn't going really fast.

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Old 03-31-2013, 12:11 PM   #5
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I was on the road from mid April to mid July 2011. Some pictures to give you an idea what it was like.



This was somewhere along the Croatian coast. Sunny and fairly warm after rain and snow in Austria.

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good food, good beer, great coastline, no complaint!

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Old 03-31-2013, 01:13 PM   #9
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Dubrovnik




Montenegro



The occasional cigarette along the road




and unleaded fuel in Albania

















Spring in Greece









It's a Transalp 600, year 1996. I didn't really add anything special to the bike and it performed extremely well throughout the trip. I decided to go with soft bags. I modified some bicycle throwover bags which I had at home. I also carried an empty oil can for extra fuel (4 liters) just in case.

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I went to Istanbul to pick up my transit visa for Turkmenistan. I had all the other visas in my passport when I left: Iran, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgystan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia. I had applied for the Turkmen visa in Vienna, but it took some time, I was ready to leave and didn't want to wait any longer. The employee at the embassy came up with the idea that I could pick up my visa along the way, either in Istanbul or Teheran. He promised to send me the processing number of my visa as soon as it was ready and he told me that with this number I would have my visa delivered without any delay. I had my doubts. But I knew of an Iranian in Mashad who could also help with the Turkmen visa, if things didn't work out the way I had hoped.
I was still in Greece when I got an e-mail with the number I had been waiting for. I went to the Turkmen embassy in Istanbul in the morning, paid 55$ and they told me to pick up my passport with the visa at 5pm. And so it was. I felt relieved. My visa was valid from 12th May to 16th May. Everything was perfect.
I spent 2 nights in Istanbul and then took the ferry to Yalova from where I continued to Bursa and Konya. Good roads all the way and friendly people. Whenever I stop for gas, people would offer me tea and cookies and cigarettes. It was windy and cold, but dry.













On the terrace of a truckstop with a group of truckers. Always friendly and the best source of information as to road conditions, weather, border crossings etc.



After two nights in a backpackers' in Istanbul, I felt like sleeping in my tent again. I had my private watchdog.





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Old 04-02-2013, 05:57 AM   #12
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The trip that you have i hope to do it in the next 2-3 years!!!

I'm in!


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Old 04-02-2013, 07:39 AM   #13
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Do it, Zandesiro. On the way to Istanbul I spent some days in your area. Nikiti and Stavros, beautiful part of Greece. I liked Sithonia a lot. Met great people there.



I met those two happy Italian bikers in Göreme. They had been further to the east.





This was my direction - Silk Road!



After Göreme it got colder and wet, so no more camping for some nights.






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Old 04-02-2013, 08:04 AM   #14
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Do it, Zandesiro. On the way to Istanbul I spent some days in your area. Nikiti and Stavros, beautiful part of Greece. I liked Sithonia a lot. Met great people there.
Next time ring me a bell....To have some beers together!!
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Next time ring me a bell....To have some beers together!!

I will.


So as I said above, it got very wet and ...



very cold and ...




very windy.











but very scenic.



better protection against the wind and cold. It was meant to reduce the noise in the helmet and it served its purpose well.



My last night in Turkey, Dogubeyazyt. Even in the room it was cold so I slept in my sleeping-bag. And as you can see, I was getting prepared for Iran. I would cross the border at Bazargan. And I was revising my very basic Russian.

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