90 Days on the road - India To UK in a rush

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Indirider, Jun 30, 2017.

  1. Indirider

    Indirider In search of Butter Chicken

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    Neither 90 nor 900 days are enough for a motorcyclist to scale those roads,we are always hungry for more.But what matter is the moments you lived on the road,memories you have created for lifetime,friends you have made,bars you have broken and strip clubs you have visited.I went with a simple agenda ride during the day and beer during the night.

    My original plan was to go for a 6 month roadtrip from India to Australia after leaving my job.But that couldn't happen as my boss gave me an offer for 3 months leave without pay.I would be a dumb to leave that offer,were my initial thoughts and i fell for it.Only to realize later that should have gone for more days.

    For most of the countries we have to obtain visa before hand,being an Indian puts you in a tight spot when you apply for tourist visa.We have a bad reputation of landing on tourist visa and not returning back at all.In my case i had to obtain a visa for Iran,Turkey,UK and Schengen.Being an Indian passport holder we cannot go via Pakistan because our governments share a love bond deeper than your imagination.The only option was to ship motorcycle to Iran and begin with the chores.In my case i shipped it from Mumbai to Bandar Abbas.695 USD for sending the bike and 850 USD for receiving it,total rip off but i was out of options.

    For luggage options i chose hard luggage over soft luggage.Simple logic was to show off and feel that i am doing overland travel,i guess soft luggage doesn't portray you well as a overland rider.Add some stickers to the box and there you are - "A World Traveler".I got these iron boxes made from a local welder by copying some designs from web and mixing them for better usage on my bike.It only costed me 58 USD.But the entire set up,frame and boxes were of iron.So,it was quite heavy and during the testing..welding from some joints came off.But i still went ahead with the same option.As stubborn as a Indian p*nis.

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    Carnet De Passage is another pain in the ass,to export outside India this document is a must.Same for importing it back.Also for Iran this is mandatory for importing and exporting your bike.Getting International Driving Permit is slightly easy to obtain.

    For navigation i bought a Chinese GPS which broke up with me at beginning of the trip,totally my mistake plus the product build quality.

    I arrived in Tehran during Ramadan and found out that most of the food shops are closed during the day and you cannot drink water openly for the respect of the people who are fasting.Since Ramadan was almost about to end,it was festive/holiday season.So no chance of getting bike out of customs in a week or two may be.Add some bureaucracy to that and some good part of my 90 days are almost lost.I had to take help from an agent because at bandar abbas port foreigners are not allowed for custom clearance plus the language hurdle.My heart pounded heavily as i had to let go my hard earned 850 USD,just for customer clearance.

    I stayed at 7 hostels during my time in Tehran and also tried to walk around a bit to do some sightseeing.Sorry for the annoying watermark,i later realized that it has destroyed the look and feel of the photos :/

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    Streets Of Tehran

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    Grand Bazar - Dry fruits were cheap here.Get you bags filled

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    Some photos from the US embassy which is a popular tourist spot.So much love for USA :D :p

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    Mausoleum of Ruhollah Khomeini - Architecture and design was completely mind blowing around here.very different from the mosques we have in India.

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    Cheers
    Biru
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  2. Indirider

    Indirider In search of Butter Chicken

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    As my bike gets released from the Bandar Abbas port,I run towards north as it was hot and humid as hell.Even for an Indian who lives through 40 degree Celsius in summers.North Iran is where most of the fun lies apart from the tourist cities Yazd,Shiraz and Esfahan which are must visit for the people who admire architecture as much as offroad trails.
    While i compare everything with my country,roads and infrastructure was pretty good.People were very welcoming and free water and food was a surprise where ever i stopped.Most of the Irani people still know India by Hindustan.First stop over was in Yazd, temperature was still high but manageable to some extent.I got myself into a hotel near Jame mosque so that i can easily slip and slide to the nearby tourist places.While i couldn't stick to my original agenda of the trip as alcohol is banned in Iran,i found some people who tried to offer me dried morphine and weed.Wrong place and wrong time,could be a trap and i had to let it go.

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    A family i met on the way invited me to their place for evening stay and dinner,but unfortunately i was heading on different direction.Got a photo with the kids as a souvenir.
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    I took couple of days in Yazd to feast on falafal and tandoori delicacies.Also the popular sweet dishes of Yazd and basil seed drinks.

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    Jame Mosque

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    Alexander's prison was not worth the entry fees. I won't recommend going there.Instead walk around the Old yazd town.it is much more beautiful,totally made out of mud.

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    Biru
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  3. DC950

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    this is great. Keep it coming!
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    Runswithscizzors Been here awhile

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    Sweet.....following along!
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    Great photos and a great adventure. Thanks for posting.

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  6. Indirider

    Indirider In search of Butter Chicken

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    With enough time spent for history and food which i was able to score during the evening times only,i moved towards Shiraz with slight diversion to Meybod to visit the mud castle ruins.I love castles,forts,history and beer. Wherever i go,i find myself indulged in either of those.

    Houses in small cities of Iran are made up of mud and unbaked brick.The mud and unbaked brick are the perfect resistance.In the cold season the absorbed temperature serve as an insulation which protect the inside air from being effected by the chilly winter desert climate.During hot season the absorbed temperature, mud and unbaked bricks strongly resist the incessant sun rays.
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    As i leave from Meybod castle these guys invited me to join them for falafal and drinks :)
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    Somewhere on the way to Shiraz
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    Settled in a hostel in Shiraz from where the attractions were closeby.Met a brave american motorcyclist there in the same hostel who was traveling in Iran on his own,without any guide.His name was Dave,he gave me his card but i lost it.

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    Main agenda for coming to Shiraz was to visit Persepolis and Necropolis.Rather than going by myself.I decided to take a guided tour which was totally worth it.I booked it through the hostel where i was staying for easy pick up and drop.

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    Gate of all nations,Persipolis,Iran.Persepolis "The city of the Persians" also known as Takht-e-Jamshid meaning "the throne of Jamshid was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire.

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    Depiction of the Medes and Persian soldiers at the Persepolis.Ruins of Tachara also known as Palace of Darius the Great.

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    In the right corner the attacking lion is representing a symbol in Zoroastrianism (religion) for Nowruz (persian new year).You can also see the bas-relief artwork depicting Armenians bringing gifts to the king.

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    Pillars of Apadana Palace,Persipolis,Iran

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    Naqsh-e Rustam is an ancient necropolis located about 12 km northwest of Persepolis Iran, with a group of ancient Iranian rock reliefs cut into the cliff, from both the Achaemenid and Sassanid periods.These are toms of great kings in Persian empire.From left to right - Darius II, Artaxerxes I, Darius I, Xerxes I.

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    The triumph of Shapur I over the Roman emperors Valerian and Philip the Arab

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    With few days in Shiraz,I decided to move up north.Next was Isfahan before we hit damavand and Gilan province.

    Cheers
    Biru
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  7. Indirider

    Indirider In search of Butter Chicken

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    While you are in Shiraz,don't miss the Shirazi sweet dish.While i was at it,i almost forgot to take a photo to tease you guys.I reached Isfahan from shiraz with no photo breaks as me and my single cylinder 390 cc partner were burning due to the immense heat on the way.I settled in Amir Kabir hostel which is economical,recommended and comes up with complimentary morning breakfast.

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    Forgot to exchange email id's to share this picture though :)
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    Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, standing on the eastern side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran
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    Naghsh-e Jahan Square. and Jame Abbasi Mosque in background,Isfahan,Iran

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    Ali Qapu,Grand Palace in Isfahan,Iran
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    Khaju Bridge.built by the Persian Safavid king, Shah Abbas II around 1650, on the foundations of an older bridge.
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    Due to lot of sanctions, motorcyclists in Iran doesn't have much options and they have to design and build super-bike :)
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    And do not miss to indulge yourself in the delicacies of Tandoori food.It's delicious :)

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    As you move towards Tehran from Isfahan,you will notice lot of sign boards saying motorcycles are not allowed on the expressways.But usually they let the overlanders pass without much noise.At check posts in between they might just check your passport,nationality and documents and will let you continue.

    Some road side food to cool down.This is called 'Falooda' in India,not sure what it is called in Iran.

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    Can be scored from a shop like this.
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    Tip for staying cheap in Iran.In case you don't want to pitch your tent or unable to find a cheap hostel.Better go the Roadside restaurants or big hotels and ask them if you can stay in the prayer room.In couple of occasions i stayed in prayer rooms of road side restaurants for free.However,in one occasion where i was not able to find a hotel in budget,they let me stay in the prayer room of the hotel for 10 USD.

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    I skipped Tehran and took the route towards Mount Damavand.Irani people are not much different from Indians. They are quite welcoming, easily approachable, helping and mostly free with no work most of the times , always smiling and curious about everything. I met these guys on the road while I was looking for directions to Mount Damavand and I have to explain them all. How I got here and what m I doing here,what is this bike, what is the price, is it indian make, how many CC.. etc.Explanation goes like this in sign language and bit of common words in Parsi "Hindustan..Turistii..Mumbai..kishti..Bandar Abbas..Musafir..Iran"(Assume the hand signals with this)
    They were selling some fruits next to the road and offered me some ,they asked me to give them "Yadgar".While you are in Iran,you might hear people as asking for "Yadgari",which is basically something in return for a memory of each other.In most of cases it is currency of your country.Handed over 10 Rupee note to each of them :)

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    One of the guy also asked me to show some indian porn, I don't know why he asked that,but i told him to keep his distance from Indian porn.I told him it's quite lame :D ..I hope he understood and took my word of advice.

    Cheers
    Biru



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  8. Indirider

    Indirider In search of Butter Chicken

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    Trail to Mount Damavand was quite fun and it ends at one point from where you have to trek to reach the summit.I camped for the night as the weather was cloudy and it did rained during the night.

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    To my disappointment weather was not clear next day as well and i could get only this much glimpse of the highest peak in Iran and the middle east.
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    It is also considered as the highest volcano in Asia.Mountain and the region around is not only beautiful but has a special place in Persian mythology and folklore.

    Wiki - "Damavand is a significant mountain in Persian mythology. It is the symbol of Iranian resistance against despotism and foreign rule in Persian poetry and literature. In Zoroastrian texts and mythology, the three-headed dragon Aži Dahāka was chained within Mount Damāvand, there to remain until the end of the world. In a later version of the same legend, the tyrant Zahhāk was also chained in a cave somewhere in Mount Damāvand after being defeated by Kāveh and Fereydūn. Persian poet Ferdowsi depicts this event in his masterpiece, the Shahnameh"

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    I moved towards Chalus to get a glimpse of Caspian Sea.Northern Iran is heaven for motorcyclists,totally different from the flat and boring southern region.

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    Weather and temperature around this region was amazing.As you move around this region you will see,lot of hukkah shops around.Take your time and grab one of those,its an amazing experience to smoke those flavored hukkas.I personally liked the way,tea is server here.I stop for breakfast to have some tea,egg and breads.

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    Weather was quite gloomy when i reached Chalus.I guess it might have been raining here for few weeks,effects of which can bee seen in the muddy water of Caspian Sea.

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    I took the Chalus-Tonekabon-Maran-Piche Bon-Qazvin route for next few days.

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    Cheers
    Biru
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  9. Macsporran

    Macsporran never lost ,just on a different road

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    excellent write up ,love the photographs
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  10. Runswithscizzors

    Runswithscizzors Been here awhile

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    Really nice.....
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  11. Indirider

    Indirider In search of Butter Chicken

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    Next up was Gilan province.I got to know about this place during my stay in 7 hostels in Tehran.It's always good to seek some recommendations from the locals apart from your own planning.From Qazvin,i rode to Rasht.I stayed in Masal for the night,it's a small town with few stay options but pleasant weather.I had to talk about weather everytime as south Iran was so uncool and unreasonably hot to me.There are some very nice trails in this region,will keep you busy for a day or two at least.

    Around Masal

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    Northern Iran is filled with greenery all around,one common thing you will notice around the road is rice fields.One of the local told me that,"India buys a lot of fuel from Iran and in return India sends lot of rice as a payback,hence we have gotten pretty serious about growing our own rice as we need dollars not rice" :)

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    As i left Masal next day,i was welcomed with rains and dark clouds.

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    A family stopped and approached me to strike conversation,however we fail to understand each other because they did not speak English and i knew very limited words in Parsi.We had a group picture and a brief goodbye.

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    As i moved up towards Olazebelanga,weather became clear and i could see the notorious clouds from the top.

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    Somewhere before Khalkhal,made new friends :)

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    I took the Masal-Gilavan-Khalkhal route and headed to Tabriz to wrap up my time in Iran.Plan was to enter turkey through Bazargan-Gurbulak border.
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    I reached Bazargan and took refugee in a prayer room of a restaurant where i had dinner.Little did i knew that my plan to enter turkey is going to fail tomorrow.As i reach the border i could see a long queue of trucks stretching for miles.This was first international border crossing for me,so i thought this would be normal.But when i arrived at the crossing point on Iran side,i came to know that the border is closed due to the military coup in turkey.Damn that 15th of july of 2016,now i was left with one option only.That is to cross armenia,then to georgia and take a boat from Poti to Varna,Bulgaria.So i left from Bazargan and headed to Nordooz border.I did not had a visa for Armenia,but their embassy website mentioned that they provide transit visa for 2 days to most of the nationalities.Crossing to Georgia from Armenia was straight forwards as you can go to georgia if you have a valid schengen visa.
    I arrived at Nordooz,completed exit formalities on iran side,exit stamp on passport,exit stamp on carnet gates closed on the iran side and as i cross the bridge and reached on Armenia side i was greeted with disappointment that transit visa is not provided for Indian passport holders.I tried for half an hour to persuade various officers around the entry point but i failed miserably.That was quite a scary moment for me,as my visa for iran was single entry.I cannot go back and i cannot go forward.For a moment i thought,my trip is finished here.Officers from armenia asked me to leave back on Iran side,so i did returned and the border officials on Iran side helped me to return back to Iran by cancelling the exit stamp.

    Now,i wasn't sure how long this coup is going to last.I decided to return to Tehran and get a visa for Armenia.I returned back to Tabriz and stayed there for the night.Next day when i was on my way to Tehran,i was continuously checking the news and updates about military coup.I was continuously wishing about coup being finished soon and it did happened when i started receiving several messages from friends back home.I immediately took a U turn and rode all day and night and reached the same restaurant during midnight to rest until morning.

    Cheers
    Biru
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  12. twowings

    twowings Comfortably Numb...

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    Following along intently...thanks for sharing this great ride! The photos are breathtaking...:thumb
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  13. Indirider

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    Next morning i headed straight to the border check post.Exit formalities were simple,get your passport and carnet stamped for exit.there are some agents roaming around there who will try to make some money by pretending to help.Please be aware of them,they will also try to sell turkish lira which does not comes in good exchange rate.Always check the currency exchange rate online 1-2 days before crossing borders.I finally exit on Turkey side,got my visa verified and passport stamped,officers pointed me to buy insurance from a shop which was few hundred meters from the gate.I also got some advice on safety during this turbulent time,everyone advised me to avoid Ankara and Istanbul.I planned to exit Turkey as fast as i can, because during such times you never know when the tides can turn.

    As you enter Turkey and ride for few kilometers,you cannot fail to miss the mighty mount Ararat on your right.
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    While planning this roadtrip,i had included Cappadocia,Pamukkale,Selcuk in the plan.With coup issues looming over my head i wanted to skip all this and head to cesme and take a boat to Chios,Greece.
    With every kilometer passing by, I had this thought going on..whether to cross straight to Greece or head south for some excursions.Intially I decided to head straight to Greece and this photo is few kms ahead from the exit to Sivas,which further goes to Cappadocia.I took a U turn from here and headed straight to Cappadocia.Sometimes when you are on the road and your head is on split for some decision,listen to what your heart says
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    This home made food was delicious.
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    Cappadocia is a region and there are small towns in this region where you can go and explore the underground caves,fairy chimneys,tall-cone-shaped rock formations.Most recommended place for stay is Goreme.I have seen so many fancy pictures of those hot balloon rides over cappadocia and i wanted to experience it myself.Since the entire region was empty due to the coup,most of the hotels and business were closed.I got a hostel for few days,but only after 2 days the owner fled to his hometown after closing down the hotel as i was the only guest staying in the hostel.As i checked out from the hostel i was in two minds to stay here or continue my journey towards Cesme.If i leave,there goes my dream of balloon ride.But eventually i continued ahead as balloon tours were also halted because not enough tourists.

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    Sometimes i get to pose too :)
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    Sunsets in turkey were completely mind blowing.
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    View from the hostel where i stayed in Goreme.
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    While i was riding towards Pamukkale,i got caught by cops for over speeding.All this happened when i was overtaking a truck i didn't noticed the cop car with a speed gun on the right.I was quite happy with what was going on,first ever speeding ticket of my life.I was given a fine of 199 Turkish lira which i had to pay at a office in the next town.But it's shame that i got fined for just doing 101 km/hr on wide open and empty highway :/
    Finding the place where i need to pay the fine was another pain in the ass.

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    Cheers
    Biru
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  14. Indirider

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    After paying my dues to Turkish government,i reached Pamukkale.Though it's a very touristy place,but not be missed while you are around.With 35 TL as entry fee,it's totally worth visiting.You get to see lot of bikini clad girls lying around in thermal pools and taking selfies,make sure you photo bomb as much as you can :).On the top of it there is Hierapolis ancient city,these ruins are worth visiting as well.Main highlight was the theatre,still standing long and strong after all these years.

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    From Goreme,i followed this route "Goreme - Cavusin - Urgup - Ortahisar - Uchisar - Nevsehir - Konya - Aksehir - Denizili - Pamukkale - Selcuk".

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    Selcuk is another place in turkey which has lot history all around it.I stayed there for couple of days in a hostel.Meanwhile i had to share my space with this "tom cat".While going and coming out of the room,she needed a scratch before she lets you go :)
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    Ephesus which is just 3 km away was an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia.Library of Celsus,Temple of Hadrian and Ephesus theater was beautiful sight to stare at.

    St Jean Church,on the slopes of Ayasuluk Hill just below the fortress in Selcuk,Turkey.
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    I overheard a guide speaking about these head less statues in Ephesus.It used to be a status symbol to get your statues placed around the town area in Ephesus.But you had to pay some sort of money monthly to keep them there,in case you fail to pay the EMI,heads were removed from the statues.Don't know how much of this is true though,some of the stories these guides tells are always made up :D
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    Ancient greek inscriptions i guess,i don't know what it means but i liked the way they looked :)
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    Amphitheater Ephesus.

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    There are lot of dishes which you should try when you are in Turkey.Turkish Kebab and Gozleme became my favorite in no time.Gozleme is a traditional savory Turkish flatbread and pastry dish, made of hand-rolled leaves of yufka dough that are lightly brushed with butter and eggs, filled with various toppings, sealed, and cooked over a griddle. The dough is usually unleavened, and made only with flour, salt and water.Also the tea served in turkey is slightly different what you get in iran.I liked the glass flask in which they serve it,enhances the drinking experience i guess.

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    In this side of turkey,everything was peaceful and normal..Like military coup never happened.I had a wonderful time in Selcuk.After few days i left towards Cesme.
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    Reached Cesme and booked myself on Erturk line for a ride to Chios.There i met a Spanish biker Antonio who rode all the way from Spain to Turkey and was there in Istanbul (if i remember correctly),when the coup happened.He spoke little English but we became friends in no time.I believe motorcyclists don't need a language to connect,they connect with a spirit and common agenda which keeps us on the road - "freedom,fresh air,open road and beer"
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    Waiting to board :).Customs and exit was pretty smooth on Turkey side.
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    Welcome to Europe.Ferry to Chios was quick but the next journey from Chios to Piraeus port(Athens) was bit long.Around 7 hours journey.Immigration on Chios side was smooth as well.

    Me and Antonio,we decided to park our bikes at the entrance of ferry terminal and went for few rounds of beer.What followed was sharing each others plans and stories from the road.He helped me a lot to decide on which places to go in Spain and which of them i should skip.
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    Cheers
    Biru
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  15. Indirider

    Indirider In search of Butter Chicken

    Joined:
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    Some videos from the ride.Pardon the quality of editing,i am too lazy when it comes to making videos.

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    Cheers
    Biru
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  16. rideslikeafish

    rideslikeafish Been here awhile

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    Fascinating! Some beautiful countryside, too.
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  17. Indirider

    Indirider In search of Butter Chicken

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    As sun shines over Greek coast,we mark our arrival at Piraeus Harbor.As Antonio had decided to take few boats back home instead of riding all the way back,his schedule was tight and he had to leave.We had breakfast and brief goodbye.I decided to stay back in Athens and do some sight seeing and my smelly clothes needed some treatment.As i broke my GPS in Turkey,i was now completely relying on my mobile for navigation.I had a handlebar mount for my mobile,but i couldn't see shit due to the waterproof case.So,I used to put on the head phone and listen to the pretty voice on google maps for the directions.It was difficult initially but then,i got used to it.Unlike developed countries,Back in India you can stop along the highway or on the streets anywhere and ask anyone for the directions.Too many people with too much free time on their hand :)
    Buying sim card for data usage and navigation on mobile can eat up lot of money.So,downloading the offline maps was the only option remaining whenever wherever free WiFi was available.

    In Europe finding a cheap place to stay with free parking for motorcycle was quite some challenge,if you plan to visit the historical city center area and stay around.You might find lot of cheap hostels but parking isn't free or available,infact parking charges can go more than your cost of hostel for one night.
    I booked Athens Studios hostel for couple of days.Much needed break to get my gears and clothes cleaned up.

    Instructions for toilet usage :)
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    We are used to breakfast which contains lot of oil,salt,masala and unhealthy stuff.Dealing with this kind of breakfast was quite difficult to me :).But it was free so shouldn't complain much.

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    Souvenirs in Greece comes in all size,shape and color :D
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    Some photos from the ancient Athens.Totally loved these ruins,they are so beautiful.I wonder how enchanting they would have been on their glorious days.

    Propylaea (Monumental Gateway) of the Athenian Acropolis
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    The Parthenon a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron.
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    Acropolis of Athens
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    The Erechtheion is an ancient Greek temple on the north side of the Acropolis of Athens in Greece which was dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon.
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    Acropolis of Athens
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    From a Church in Ancient agora of Athens
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    The Temple of Hephaestus
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    The Temple of Olympian Zeus, also known as the Olympieion or Columns of the Olympian Zeus, is a colossal ruined temple in the center of the Greek capital Athens that was dedicated to Zeus, king of the Olympian gods
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    Somewhere on the streets of Athens.
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    Evening view from Areopagus Hill. The Areopagus comes from the Greek name Areios Pagos, translated "Ares Rock". It is north-west of the Acropolis and In classical times, it functioned as the high Court of Appeal for criminal and civil cases. There, in front of you, extends an excellent view of the southern side of the city. You can see the buildings of the Sky Observatory, the Ancient Agora of Athens with the Temple of Hephaestus/Theseion, the Philopappos Monument on top of Mouseion Hill, the Lykabettus Hill and other well known landmarks of Athens.

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    View of Acropolis of Athens from Areopagus Hill.
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    Don't miss out on the Syntagma square to witness the changing of guards in front of Hellenic Parliament.Atleast for me it was an amazing experience to watch those guards parade in slow motion.

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    Cheers
    Biru
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  18. Indirider

    Indirider In search of Butter Chicken

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    As i finished my chores in Athens,i moved south towards Sparti and Githio.All thanks to Antonio who suggested me to go and check out the pristine and peaceful coastline of Greece.Sparti reminded me of the Hollywood movie "300" and i was very keen to find a Leonidas statue and get a picture along with it.Small detour to Epidavros to check out more Greek ruins.Of all the structures Greeks made amphitheaters were the most strongest ones as most of the Greek ruins you visit,you might notice that the amphitheaters are in most immaculate condition.

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    As i leave from Epidavros I end up here around Nafplion.What beautiful coast and crystal blue water totally impressed.I wished if i could go down there and join other folks for the rest of the day,but then quite crowded for me to be at peace :)

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    There was a castle around,but too much steps needed to be climbed.I skipped it and started towards Sparti.

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    I circled around Sparti twice to find the Leonidas monument but, all i could find was the Acropolis of Sparti.Nothing much just some ruins.Later i found out that the monument lies on the other side of the Greece from where i arrived.Dropped my Polaroid action camera while riding towards Githio, managed to find the scattered pieces except the memory card.Reached Githio in the evening and as you cross the town and go a bit further you see couple of camping places next to the beach.I camped myself and the bike around a nice spot and went out to grab some beers and drown myself in the water :)

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    Cheers
    Biru
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  19. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    ... at Thermopylae:

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  20. Indirider

    Indirider In search of Butter Chicken

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    I had a good time in Githio,while doing some stunts at the beach i almost lost the other action camera i had.While taking a swim at the beach i was throwing the camera in the air to get some aerial shots,but in one such instance i missed catching it and there goes the cam in the sea.With the waves playing their part,it quickly moved away from where i was.With heart pounding and a lady laughing at me,i had to be quick to locate it to get away with as little embarrassment as possible.With few mins of struggle,i finally found it and waved it back to the people who were curious whether i could find it or not.Could have become a funny story or life lesson to tell but who cares anyway.This was the first time on the trip when i was living upto the agenda,beer and beach i couldn't ask anything more with life :)

    Githio
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    Next morning,Githio was a wrapup and i started for northern Greece.I took the route to Kalamata and then off to Patras.Meanwhile Githio to Kalamata was quite fun to ride.

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    Stopped for a coffee at a place and i was quite impressed by what i saw on the ceiling.That's a coffee map of the world.
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    Somewhere between Corinth to Patras.Was so tempted to take a dip but self control took over and we moved ahead.
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    I reached Arginio and took the route towards Thermos-Karpenissi.Plan was to find a camping site around Lake Trichonida,but failed to locate any.So i continued ahead until i found a nice and cozy B&B.I needed a good sleep on a comfortable and bouncy bed :)

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    Next morning as i wake up i found myself surrounded by beautiful landscapes.I later came to know that there are hardly any hotels in that area and i was lucky to end up here being the only customer from past few weeks.Owner also claims that,i am first Indian to land in their hotel. I guess i qualified for Guinness book of world record there :)

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    I continued my journey towards Karpenissi and the landscapes en-route continues to surprise me :)

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    Moni Prousou - Beautiful looking Greek monastery in the middle.Photo does not do any justice to the beauty of this place.
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    Cheers
    Biru
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