Black Sea Rally 2009

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

  1. the venturer

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    I ended up my visit and went on to ride along the coast. I was getting moreand more impatient for famous Akçaabat meatballs at the Master Nihat Usta's.
    Another province ahead.
    Trabzon and then I make my way to Maçka, very famous with its Sumela Monastery.
    My camping ground.Just on the riverbank. Gurgling water. Nice to hear it in tent.
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    Just taken in the tent. Nice, isn't it?
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    I had my shower and had my dinner. I checked my mails and went to sleep.
    Next morning, I woke up and had my breakfast. I didn't pack anything. I left everything in the tent and went to see the Monastery.
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    So many trout farms on the way, along the river
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    The river accompanied me up to the monastery
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    Typical wooden houses made of logs
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    Hitting the road
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    About 15 km up to the monastery with an appr. elevation of 1600m.
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    The spring of the river.So loud to stay but worth seeing.
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    BMW advertorial, one of my favourite pics
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    Elevation, but I went higher w/o bike
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  2. the venturer

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    A walk of just a few hundreds of meters but who wouldn't want a walk on such a path forever!
    Scent of fresh air with moss
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    Paths and everything around, nearly as old as history.
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    The monastery was the main reason for why I chose this route.
    Unfortunately, the main complex was under restoration, so; I couldn't picture the interior but the building only.
    Luckily, I got some close shots of other buildings around.

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    Aqueducts
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    Wonderful panorama!
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    Once used as a kitchen
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    Halls, connecting buildings to each other
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    With some Turkish Architecture
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    Time to see frescoes
    I start with tihs. I you see, three layers of lime plaster on the walls around and each belonging to a different era.
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    More with them
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    Who knows what they tell us!
    Anybody to translate?
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    Showing Jesus Christ in pain after crucifixion
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    Another one
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    Look at here carefully please. In this fresco, there is a miseable man wearing worn clothes, standing among others. He was one the artists who made these frescoes. So why so miserable? Simple: he regarded himself as a sinner whereas the others were definitely not.
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    The Holy Bible in the middle, Jesus and his 12 Apostles, I think.
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    One more
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    Mother Mary with his son Jesus Christ
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    From the lives of the Apostles and some Saints
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    Some showing the return from Pilgrimage, visits to Jesus, and the Prophet Jonah getting out of a dolphin's mouth.
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    I went out and took a few more pics
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    This one showing the main complex is the closest.
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    I saw a path going down and took it to see more
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    See what I got here! I saw what I had always wanted.
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    Last one
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  3. econan

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    Hey thanks for the update. Great pics.

    I visited Sümela Monastery early 94 and I'm happy to see from your pictures that the older frescos are now being revealed by the archeologists.

    Usually the Byzantine era icons are unfortunately defaced. (Because drawing faces are considered idolizing by Muslim traditions) The older ones behind the newer ones still have the faces since they were never visible (thus never defaced)

    Great trip and report. Please keep it coming! :clap
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  4. the venturer

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    Thank you econan. It is WE who still have been damaging those frescoes, not only Muslims. One can easily see all ABC's in the world carved on them. And that's a shame for all mankind.
    P.S. More uploads coming soon.
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  5. Capotourer

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    Great report Venturer, Thanks for sharing that side of our country which I have never been in. I'll be in Tekirdag at my Parents place in 2 weeks to go to Burdur for "Dovizli Askerlik" :gun2 yahhhhhhh. Keep it coming.....
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  6. the venturer

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    Thanks a lot. The rest is coming soon, a bit busy to post them up here these days.
    Just call me at 0505 629 42 07 when you are in Tekirdağ. I live very close to there. Would be glad to meet you ''Mehmetçik''
    P.S. Note my phone number, just in case.
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    Capotourer CapoNoMore

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    I will do that!!!
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  8. the venturer

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    Thumbs Up!
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  9. PerpetualMotion

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    Long time lurker here :D

    Did you say Tekirdag :ear???

    My parents live in Tekirdag as well, I haven't had the chance to visit them for awhile now. I'm not going this "bayram", hopefully I'll be there for "kurban bayrami"... I sort of consider myself to be "Tekidagli" since my ikamet is there.

    Give my regards to Tekirdag :clap

    PS: Venturer, I've seen your pics and I appreciate you posting a few glimpses of home :). Thanks!
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  10. the darth peach

    the darth peach eats crackers in bed

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    Amazing!

    Great pictures of the monastery and the art work.
    Well done!
    A great view of that part of the world.
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  11. the venturer

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    Yepp, exactly what you have heard:evil
    We, too, shall meet up for those famous meatballs.Hmm?
    Thx for your credits. Looking forward to yours. Take care.
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  12. the venturer

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    AMAZING EYES, the darth peach:eek1
    Promise to be onto it soon.
    Here's a little taster.
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    The Venturer
    Its been many years since I was there with my family, we lived in Cyprus on the coast in Kyrenia we were there from 1950-1952 and back in 1954-1957.
    I loved it of course thats from a childs view.I used to be able to do the call from the minerts spoke fluent Greek with a little Turkish throne in, as children we could go anywhere we wanted as the locals knew us and watched out for us. Loved the food the bread fresh out of the ovens round whole wheat bread and Pita bread too. Oh could I go on with this thread,
    I loved your pictures and story as it brings back so many memories and we visited Istanbul several times.
    Thank you
    roger'sklr:clap
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  14. Capotourer

    Capotourer CapoNoMore

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    Venturer, where do you live? Kumbag, Corlu, Marmara ereglisi? I'll be in Tekirdag next weekend. I'll give you a call. (Levent)
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  15. the venturer

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    So sorry for being late. Thank you so much for your interest in the thread. Great to see some townsmen here. Happy to help you recall your memories.
    Just let me know if you ever make your way to here.
    Cheers.
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  16. the venturer

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    I am from Istanbul but I live in Çerkezköy, 60 km N of Tekirdag.
    Looking forward to your phonecall, Levent.
    Cheers...
    (Birdal)
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    Leaving the Monastery back, I made my way to the camping spot to pack up everything and ride to Rize.
    The route taken yesterday
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    Today's ride will be more than yesterday's. Yomra, Arakli, Surmene and Rize in turn. I rode very fast to reach the destination. No radar points,luckily.
    I stopped at Surmene to buy this penknife as a gift for my son.
    A handmade one and so sharp
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    ADDED. From the monastery. They were both great players. Tourists watched as they played and sang.

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    On the way to Uzungöl (Longlake)
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    It was such an excitement to climb up to the lake. Lots of bends and curves.
    The road was fine. Tarmac mostly.
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    The Lake
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    A new road, being built around the lake.
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    Leaving the lake for Ayder National Park. Highlands and foggy mountains on the way.
    I stopped at Rize to have some local tasters.
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    Fırtına(Thunderstorm) Valley meets me up with a heavy rainfall.
    Fırtına Stream, lying along the road up to the park. Rafting facilities are possible.
    Wet and wind. I am cold, just can't even stop for a photo shot.
    Arriving at Ayder National Park. It was getting dark and I was soaked. I looked for a camping spot but nothing around. So foggy and I decided to stay in a mostel. The rain started again and I went into the room for a dry up.
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    The route taken yesterday
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    Waking up early in the morning...Final day...I am returning...
    No breakfast. I would have it later. I was so impatient just packed up and climbed higher to take pics and see what was around. It was difficult with a heavy bike and the road was getting worse. No need to take risk.
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    Still foggy
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    Taken in the centre of the village
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    Nice work done on it
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    One of the first houses in the village, 150 years old
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    The return was as inevitable as death. I had seen many places, camped, taken pics and had a great pleasure riding.
    I started riding home.
    I left the national park at about 10 am and rode till 6 pm. That was 900 km nearly and the GPS showed my arriving home at 1.30 am.
    I didn't want to ride at midnight so; I changed the route down to Central Anatolia, turned south at Samsoun.
    There was a thermal hotel on my way and I decided to stay overnight.
    The link : http://www.kursunlutermal.com/iletisim.php
    I had been there once with family and I really liked it.
    I stayed there for three days and hot water therapy was perfect for the body.
    On the way home...
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    That was a 4000 km ride story and I hope you have liked it.
    Ride safely and happily,you all.
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