A short trip around the Black Sea

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  1. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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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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  2. rtwdoug

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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!

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  3. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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  4. rtwdoug

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    The Georgian border was easy, & the guards friendly as always. I always like coming to Georgia, its one of my favorite places.
    The 2 big downsides to it, the drivers, who seem to gave gotten their driving license as a present, as the roads are total madness.
    And the cows. I guess fences still haven&#8217;t caught on here, the cows just wander the roads. Theres green grass everywhere, but they want to just stand in the road.
    We weaved our way to Batumi, dodging cars & cows. Poly hadn&#8217;t seen anything like this before. I warned her, but you really have to experience it.
    We found the Eiffel Tower hostel, which is run by Jon & Dan, who are on summer holiday while teaching English here. Nice guys, & a good place to stay.
    We decided to stay an extra day here & see the town. It&#8217;s a beach town, so lots of touristy crap, but the old part is pretty interesting.


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    The clothes lines went from building to building on pulleys
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  7. panhead rick

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    we are all payin attention doug,,,keep it comming best stuff on adv rider!!!
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    We all noticed, the rest of us knew it was a trick. Nice bike
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    Doug, please don't underestimate us :wink:
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  10. quicktoys2

    quicktoys2 ADVrider junkie :)

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    Doug, it appears that Polly has a direct effect on your ability to zoom in ......:rofl Not a single hottie yet to tease us with
    Enjoying your "little" ride
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    Nice work. Keep em coming. Also, so nice to see the Dirtster plodding along. This has to be the greatest Sportster in the world right now. How many miles have you put on since the "conversion"?

    Dale
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  12. eldomike

    eldomike Who Cares

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    I believe the pics of Polly could be construed as pics of "Hotties" :evil....be safe you guys and see you soon...

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  13. ata

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    will follow this post
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    funny and interesting as always.
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  14. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    I'm so in on this one! It looks like you're having your usual good time. Both of you stay safe! Great pix as always!:clap
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  15. C-Stain

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    Hey Doug!

    I was wondering where you were! Nice to see you on the road again and enjoying the sights.

    BUT.

    RR needs more Poly! :deal

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  16. Patrick46

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    I don't know what her secret is....but this does NOT look like a woman who's on a long motorcycle tour.
    It looks like she just came from church! :deal :freaky

    Keep up the good work son!! :norton
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  17. Poolside

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    Yes, you're busy, so it's just a short trip through 7 countries.&#8194;:D

    Thanks for the usual travelogue!

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    Poly doesn’t have enough experience offroad, and hasn’t got the confidence to just give it some gas & let the throttle help her thru the bad stuff. Not that Im any expert offroad, I suck at it, & I ride slow. But as most of the places I like to visit are not reached by pavement, I just do my best to deal with it. So we make it to the top. Its still working, and is full of nuns. It had been here a really long time, and from the look of some of the nuns, they may have been the founders.

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    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    We got to Gori, hometown of Mr Josef Stalin, some of you may have heard of him. We found a nice homestay, & the next morning we went around to see the sites.

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