A short trip around the Black Sea

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  1. rtwdoug

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    At the clubhouse, with Mehmet, Fern, & John (who is also from the UK)
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    The next morning, we headed to Sakarya with Fern, for a bike festival.
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  2. 1TrackSam

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    Great pictures, that picture reminds me of the area north of Varna where I spent a week for work a few years ago. I can't imagine riding a bike in Istanbul, the old area was crazy enough with a driver who was rushing to make an appointment.:ear
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    place on the right: Titiz Carsik Fast Food....titties + car-sickness are NOT what I'd call the right way to name a fast food joint
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    I'm in again, I reckon I see most of the world through your RR's Doug :D
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    Awesome start once again .... I love your adventures. Look forward to following right to the end .... which would mean I will only get 3/4 coz you never finish your reports ... hahahaha:rofl
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  9. Flying Monkey

    Flying Monkey Been here awhile

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    Thanks, as always, for sharing your travels with us, Doug!
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  10. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    I havent had internet in awhile, but have been doing a bit of writing.
    But, I have been told that my writing is a bit like ex-lax. in small pieces, its just like chocolate, tasty and wont bother you too much.
    In large doses tho, it can cause irritable bowel syndrome.

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    So we are heading down the crowded motorway from Istanbul, and I notice Poly & Fern had pulled over. I stopped, but could not ride back to them, as the shoulder was only wide enough to pull over every once in a while. This was not one of those spots. Luckily, they had stopped at a wide breakdown area.
    I got turned around (which wasn&#8217;t easy, as I had a 6 foot shoulder, an 8 foot bike, and a never ending row of speeding trucks in the outside lane) I got as close as I could to them, & walked back. Poly had broken a chain. That was weird, as the chain only had a couple thousand miles on it, & I checked it before we left, & all was good. I saw the chain in the road, but could not get to it because of the traffic. It was getting run over & flopping around under the wheels of the cars & trucks, so I figured it was pretty much fubar, anyhow. So I had to go find a chain. It took about 3 hours to find a bike shop about 30km away, it was a Honda dealer, who didn&#8217;t have a 520 chain, but a guy there called around & found me one, then he went to get it, had the mechanic cut it to 110 links, & I was all set. Of course we had to have some tea before I could head back. Haha
    I got back, the girls were still where I had left them, put the new chain on, & off we went.
    We got to the party about 10pm. Erol, who I had met a couple years ago had been waiting for us, & helped us get all set up, we camped with some guys from the Istanbul bike club.
    Saturday was nice, weather was good, we were right on a lake out in the woods. Many people arrived, I think about 1500 total. Saturday they had the usual bike games, and a band played. Then for some reason they had a DJ that played this horrible techno music at a ridiculous volume until 2am. I haven&#8217;t figured that part out yet. No one we talked to liked it, and no one knew why they played it so loud & so late. It was hard to sleep! ( Mark from &#8216;fit ear&#8217; ear plugs who I had met doing the IMS bike shows this past winter had made me a set of ear plugs, so it didn&#8217;t bother me as much. Poly was not so lucky)
    The next morning we packed up & headed east. Fern was also going east, so she traveled with us for ½ the day. It was nice for about an hour, then the rain started. It rained hard!
    Another guy we met during the IMS shows, Paul, from British Motorcycle Gear / Belstaff had seen my old wore out jacket, & given me a new jacket & pants, & Poly a jacket. I have to say, that stuff works GREAT! We both stayed dry and warm. Thanks Paul!
    We rode in the rain all day, & stopped right before dark, about 100km before Samsun.
    It had been a rough day!


    We stopped by the fancy Harley shop, as I wanted to get a spare set of rear brake pads, mine are getting a bit thin. But as they wanted 125 dollars for a set, I figured mine would last the rest of the trip ok!

    and if you notice, there is a bank right above the HD stealership, They are willing to help finance a set of brake pads, or maybe even some chrome!


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    Then we had lunch at Popeyes. Damn I miss American food!
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    Poly, without her chain
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    Installing the new chain
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    I was really surprised, after the $125 brake pads, the chain was only about $40. and it&#8217;s the best Chinese quality! (I hope it makes it home!)
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  11. rtwdoug

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    Some pics from the bike fest

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    A local artist had some of his paintings on display

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    breakfast included for the low entrance price of….free! this bread is called Semit, its really good.
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    The ducks heard they may be on that nites menu, & all hauled ass
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    Homemade camp chair
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    I got on the local TV news
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  13. rtwdoug

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    Burn the oil out (very important)
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    Catch a duck, & install it on a stick a la Vlad the Impaler (just kidding, its chicken, but the ducks were scared)
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    Of course don’t forget the spices
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    Place the (now clean) oil can over the birds
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    Move coals/build fire around the can
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    Then go look at bikes & stuff for awhile
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    And remove can
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    Chicken didn’t last very long. It was really good!
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    This 54 matchless showed up, the guy had owned it 40 years

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    And, back on the road again
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    And don't forget to put a rock on top so the chickens don't knock the can over and escape. :lol3
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    Yeah Doug!!! Fun read as usuall!!! Hope we see you in the fall!!!!
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    Another great ride and report Doug!!

    GodSpeed kids!! :norton
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    Doug, who owns the drifter hiding behind the tree?
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    Patrick, I know, you are thinking that I messed up. But, actually that was merely a test to see if anyone was paying attention. I often put such 'mistakes' in my RR's on purpose, such as the Matchless pic. I guess you are the only one to notice it. There is no prize, only the knowledge that you are more astute & observant than anyone else.

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    We were looking for some dinner, & passed by a window where a guy was making these small pizzas, so we decided to try them. They were SO good! Thin crust, with sheep meat & some other stuff on them. Its one of the best things I have had in Turkey, and they do have a lot of tasty food here!

    Floods in samsun, at least the main road was open, we didn’t see the rest of the town
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    Traffic sucked
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