Black Sea Rally 2009

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by the venturer, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. Dave-in-Turkey

    Dave-in-Turkey Mild Mannered Adventurer

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    Hi V,

    Great RR :clap:clap, you took so much stuff with you for just one person lol.....Its good is'nt it when you meet other travellers at campsites and swap stories, good therapy for the soul.

    So whats this about a trip to Syberia??

    I am thinking of doing an Iron Butt next month across Greece and Turkey, toooooo hot at the moment!!


    Cheers

    Dave..
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  2. econan

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    The pictures reminded me sometime in late 90s I was camping in a similar tent near Marmaris, my neighbours who pack every possible stuff and a 4 room tent and a fridge to go camping, couldn't believe their eyes that me and my girl were to stay in that little "hole". :rofl
    They offered us to stay in "the guest room" of their tent... Of course we refused...

    Great ride! Great pictures! Hope to see some nice pictures of Trabzon area ;) (My family town)
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  3. the venturer

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    Morning Dave. Thank you very much. I bought a lot of things with me, especially clothes. Nevertheless, that was good. But experience is the best teacher. Next time, it will be different.
    Yes, I met a lot of tourists touring. And we chatted for long hours.
    The trip to Syberia is a dream ride. But I am keeping some records and possible routes for ''one day'' Who knows?:evil
    Same here, boiling here, too.
    Take care and ride safe.
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  4. the venturer

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    Thanks econan. My tent is best fow two, much smaller than a 4-room one.
    I have so many to post here and it's so difficult to choose. Right now, I am on holiday with family members. I rarely have internet.
    There are some Trabzon pics as well, including Sumela Monastery, The Long Lake and those highlands, too.
    Your family? From Trabzon? You are a Turk?
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  5. econan

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    I don't want to hijack your beautiful thread... Please continue. :freaky

    I had exactly same size tent as yours, but for "memur" campers it looked like a small hole compared to their huge tents :D They had three of these with a full size Arcelik fridge in it interconnected. The lady was saying: "Vah vah vaaah, evladim gece bogulursunuz siz bu cadirin icinde! Gelin bizde kalin" :lol3 (Translation: Vah vah vaaah, [it is a pity sound that turks make] my son, you would suffocate in that tent at night, please come and stay over in our tent...)

    Yes, I'm a Turk. ;)
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  6. Capotourer

    Capotourer CapoNoMore

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    THAT IS FUNNY OR INSTEAD OF SAYING "vah vah vaaah "they would say allahallah....:lol3 :lol3

    Yes Im a Turk too... Thanks for a great report!!!!
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  7. Durangoman

    Durangoman Yeah its me!

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    Neat Pics

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  8. annunaki

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    Great tour and nice pics.
    Solo tour and two cups of tea, were u really alone:beer

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  9. the venturer

    the venturer Long timer

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    Sorry guys for the delay but been away from technology for a while.
    Promise to continue with more stunning pics ASAP.
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  10. the venturer

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    Will go further with the report.
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  11. the venturer

    the venturer Long timer

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    Thank you very much for your interest in the thread.
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  12. the venturer

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    Ohh piggish me. I am just too greedy for Turkish tea though I know greediness is the seventh sin.
    Noobs are always so curious at first. Why not introduce ya'self to us first?
    Of course I wasn't alone. But I just can't stand seeing more Marine Corps pics here.
    The gang:
    The one scrubbing the neck in the morning, my buddy, is the highest in rank.
    He stopped following us due to the failure of his KaTooM. And afterwards,
    I slept all by myself in the tent. And this made me learn how to erect my tent:D
    And of course, we weren't driving the caravan in the background, Mr. annunaki.
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    Another comrade. We went on together but we departed on the way home.
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    So I was alone half the Rally.
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  13. the venturer

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    After dinner, I slept very early. It was hot and mosquitos were all around.
    Next morning, I went to swim and then had my breakfast. Some more tea with the German couple and then, I went on to ride after packing up.
    Destination: Samsoun.
    Road: Getting much better. Full throttle. Being stopped by cops many times. Regular check-outs. I learned the radar hide-outs from many of them.:evil
    Samsoun,seems so crowded to me after staying in deserted places.
    No pauses, just for food and fuel.
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  14. strommer

    strommer Ride for balance

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    Nice tour, eager to read more
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  15. the venturer

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    Thank you Strommer. I have a couple of problems copying and pasting the picture codes. I am trying to sort it out.
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  16. the venturer

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    And this reminded me of a famous mountain pass named Soganli.
    Just a bit greener with more trees around.
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    I photographed as I rode. Entering another big city named Ordu. I covered quite a long way today, thanks to the four-lane road along the coast.
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  17. the venturer

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    I went faster to arrive at destination. I didn't want to take pics of tall buildings but the nature.
    After leaving Fatsa, Unye and Ordu in turn, I took the road along the coast and higher up though there was one highway. I preferred the difficult one.It was getting darker but no hotel visible around high cliffs and the road only. Suddenly I saw a restaurant stopped the bike suddenly to ask for a room or a camping site. He said ''No''. I was angry and rode further to see what was more ahead.
    Another restauant sign with a picture of a tent on it.
    I met the owner and he was kind. He showed the spot for the camp. Both the restaurant and the camping spot were great with TV, internet, some papers to read.You will see that below
    Great name. It's called as ''Secret Garden''
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  18. the venturer

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    The next morning
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    This shot taken from just inside the tent. worth camping here, right?
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    These local chaps woke me up in the morning with ''Kolbastı''.
    A folk song and its dance with strange figures.
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    Outta, there you'll will soon visit Iason Church.[​IMG]
    And one more from the sea
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  19. the venturer

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    The route taken yesterday
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    Cape Iason and the church
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    Out of others, I like this picture most.
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    And the church

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    Really gorgeous, isn't it?

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    The coast in front of the church

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  20. the venturer

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    As I went on, I saw many professional fish farms. Bass and gilt-head bream are popular to grow and sell.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Up to the mountains, so many places to visit such as Iaoros Hill and cliffs but didn't want to spend my time on each sightseeing place.<o:p></o:p>
    Back to the road. I went on hitting the road and approaching another big province named as Giresun.<o:p></o:p>
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    Entering Giresun, One could easily see the change in the weather conditions. Sunshine changed into clouds and mist above the mountains.<o:p></o:p>
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    Giresun...<o:p></o:p>
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    And its island<o:p></o:p>
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    Tirebolu, A small town<o:p></o:p>
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    Approaching Görele, I have another contact. A close friend. He has a house 20 km up to the mountains. 30 degrees on the coast but as I was climbing up, temperature was around 17 to 20 degrees.<o:p></o:p>
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    No end with green colour and water springs<o:p></o:p>
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    I arrived at the destination and he took me a tour of his village.<o:p></o:p>
    His uncle's old house. Appr 150 yrs old.<o:p></o:p>
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    Tea and nut together<o:p></o:p>
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    Such vehicles are so popular in Black Sea. The are professionla climbers.
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    I spent about 5 hours chatting, touring around and eating of course. Then, I made my way down the coast and rode east.<o:p></o:p>
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