I made a beeline for Safranbolu, a nice Ottoman era town. When I got there I found it all a bit too touristy and crowded. So I just had something to eat and kept going until I found a good spot to camp for the night. After getting up early and a quick stop for supplies I continuied on the back roads Eventually, I reached the coast where I stayed at a small campground near Sinop. I spend a couple of nights in Yusufeli, enough time to go rafting again. Yusufeli has changed quite a bit since 2009. The guesthouse was once a nice green place on the outskirts of the town. Now it's wedged in between ugly apartment blocks. I had to stop for some blasting. While waiting I noticed that my rear tire looked kind of flat. Sure enough, a huge piece of wire was sticking out. With plenty of people waiting there with me it was pretty easy to prop the bike up and fix the flat right then and there. I got it done just before the blasting was over. So didn't even lose any time. The dam building continues in that area. Villages disappear into the water and new roads are being put in higher up. Along the way was a little Georgian church After one more night of wild camping a few km from the border, I crossed early, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to hand over my guns.