DickyB's Turkish Delights

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Dickyb, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. Dickyb

    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    I don't think so. She's only 1 metre at the shoulders. She has recently recovered from a nasty bout of Leishmanisia ( a parasitic blood infection similar to Malaria in humans). It was touch and go, we nearly lost her, but now she's happy tearing about with the five other rescued mutts.

    This was her as a pup before the onset of the disease.

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    Cheers,

    Dickyb
  2. strommer

    strommer Ride for balance

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    Glad she is well
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    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    İf you follow the D400, mentioned in Strommers post

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=11141101#post11141101

    past Kas you will come to Demre. The road on the way is rather pleasant

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    Taking a fork off the main road brought me to to a strange sign

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    Aha, a driving school. Apparently the locals like to practice before hitting the road or the central reservation unlike we Brits who prefer to unleash mayhem on the public highway. Must admit I've never atually seen anyone careening aound one of these places.

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    Further along the road drops down to Adriake

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  4. Dickyb

    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    ....................To the East of which are the geenhouses of Demre which play their part in keeping the worlds tables supplied with tomato ketchup

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    Adriake was an important port in years gone by. There are ruins dotted all over the place. The main business today is ferrying tourists across to the local islands including Kekova.

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    Further along you come across a sandy beach somewhat reminiscent of Blackpool without the pier, donkeys, candy floss stalls and Kiss me Quick hats. İn fact devoid of anything interesting whatsoever.

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    The view further along though is nice

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    though dotted along the way with the empty shells of some folks dreams

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    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    ..........Grand villas dominate the high ground (Beauty being in the eye of the beholder, etc)

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    While less permanent looking habitats, on wheels, line the shore.

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    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    ..........................Demre itself is a fairly workaday down dedicated to plastic agriculture. İf it thrives in a greenhouse it will thrive in Demre. A bite to eat, with tomatoes, revived the spirit.

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    Around the 4th century AD a chap called (latterly) St Nicholas (Santa Claus) was the bishop around these parts and had his own church, as you would expect. It still ain't finished

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    but his statue is! For some reason the town is popular with German tourists.

    Riding back home was a treat as the sun went down on Demre,

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    Adriake,

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    and beyond.

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    Cheers,

    Dickyb
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    strommer Ride for balance

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    Glad you made it out, I ended up stuck in the flatlands.
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    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    Temperatures are dropping here on the Med coast, though the sun still shines

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    The heap of rock and wood in the background needs heating. I know 'cos the wife told me so. The heating bit used to be done by me splitting logs and feeding two woodburning stoves. Being idle by birth I've enlisted a new recruit a.k.a. the Beast

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    However, the Beast has needs. The main one of which is ensuring he has a full belly.............
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    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    ....................Better take the back roads to Kalkan and see if I can locate some fodder. Um, nice day!

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    Lots of Autumnal type changes going on

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    Ey up, these Villaaahs weren't there the last time I freewheeled past this way!

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    .......Now the Beast is pretty undemanding. Not for him the delights of eating Al Fresco or ordering Cordon Bleu. He would rather have a belly full of olive pulp. Better find an olive pressing establishment then. Oh, there's one:eek1 Where? There, on the left of course.

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    An establishment where unsuspecting olives are turned from their present state


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    to a much more satisfactory state

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    by the application of machinery

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    to the delight of their harvesters/owners/local co-operative

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    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    ...........Now, the waste product is what keeps the fire burning in the belly of the Beast

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    The deal works like this. The locals get their olives pressed for 6 Turkish Lira per kilo, half what you would pay for virgin olive oil at the shops or forfeit 10 per cent of their produce to the press owner for their olives to be pressed. The waste is dried and makes excellent boiler fuel at 50 TL per tonne when wet or 200TL per tonne when dry. Looks like I'll be getting four tonne of wet and drying it myself!..............
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    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    ..................Job done, time to be heading home. 2 clicks from home and a view I'll never tire of

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    Nothing menacing behind either

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    Got home, told the Beast he wouldn't be going hungry at which he flared up and warmed the house up and beyond the call of duty. Told the wife and got myself a new job. "Glad you found a press, I've always wanted my own olive oil". Seems like I'll be stripping our trees of olives tomorrow after I've given the Beast his breakfast, of course:lol3 .

    Cheers,

    Dickyb
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    strommer Ride for balance

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    Just got home, 8 celsius outside...
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    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    Um, 23C outside today, Cooling off a tad now though. Better feed the Beast:freaky

    Cheers,

    Dickyb
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    Ha.

    I'm looking at the thermometer now.

    26 celsius.

    Inside the apartment.
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    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    After teaching Kimangao ( http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=527617 ) how to take photos:lol3 I was presented with three more crazy Germans so İ had to go for a ride, taking my new Panasonic Lumix with me:clap First up was Wolfgang who held his borrowed bike together with sticky black tape:eek1

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    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    ..............ably assisted by Burkhard, a veteran of these shores.

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    Jurgen is pretty camera shy but that's him in the blue wandering off looking for Wolfgang's lost glasses lens:cry

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    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    ..................No lens but a rather nice cedar tree.


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    We saw a new sign

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    But I preferred the old sign

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    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    ....................which led up this track (can you see the bikes?)

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    to here

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    Now what are those crazy Germans looking at?

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    Oh, I see. Um, not so crazy!

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    Dickyb Bewildered Adventurer

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    ...............Back along the coast ıt was the same old, same old.

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    The view was no less pleasant though

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