Greetings fellow riders, I've been wanting to to ride in the area around Ararat and Lake Van for 2 years now but unfortunatelly various situations couldn't allow it. This year isn't any better but I've come to a point where I badly need this trip. The plan is to reach Lake Van, Ararat and Dogubayazit through as many B and dirt roads as possible. I want to avoid highways at any cost. I will be riding a Husqy TE610 starting from Izmir. I would love to get some advice on routes from west to east and any must-see places. And some more specific questions: I'm hoping to do this sometime between 1-20 of August. Will it be too hot? Keep in mind that I'm Greek so I'm kind of used to summer heat. Is free camping allowed and if not is there a fine I must pay? How far up Mt. Ararat can one go by road/dirt? Is it allowed? That's pretty much it, nothing is certain so far as the current events in Greece leave everything to doubt but that's the dream.