Riding along the Turkish Coast

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  1. nerudarider

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    Here are pictures from two trips I took this summer (2007) around the Turkish Mediterranean coast. Enjoy!

    The 1st ride began from Istanbul around 16:00h (i was late as usual) with the target of reaching Öludeniz on the Mediterranean coast before midnight.

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    View from modern Iznik, ancient Nicea:

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    Here the First Council of Nicea was held and resulted in the first ever declaration of a Christian Doctrine:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Council_of_Nicaea


    Here are pictures from the fields where the Battle of Dumlupinar took place in 1921 between defending Turkish and invading Greek armies during the Turkish War of Indepence.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Dumlupinar

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    If you look close you'll see the monument

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    The sun set was near

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    and soon I had to ride in dark. Which is generally OK.

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    This time, however, it caused problems. I hit a dog. I didn't even slow down because I thought 'the dog is not dumb enough to cross the road when I'm passing by'. But it did. It was me who was dumb to expect a logical behaviour from an animal. Now I know...

    I was going around 140 km/h and the animal just jumped in front of me so 1-2 seconds of braking means I must have hit it around 80 km/h. The bike flew in to a ditch and I was lying on the road. Some people helped me and an ambulance arrived.

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    I was extremely lucky and I'm utterly grateful that I got away alive. My foot was hurt bad but it wasn't broken. I suppose the dog died...

    After first doctor examination and some anesthetics they sent me with ambulance to a bigger hospital for x-rays. On the way, I asked the ambulance driver to stop where my bike was. Luckily the bike wasn't damaged, not even any scratches thanks to the crash bars. The Turkish Gendarmerie was securing the bike and I just told the ambulance and the soldiers that I'd ride it myself to Denizli hospital. It was a painful ride...
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  2. zadok

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    Nice 1. Great historic country. Would love to visit sometime.:nod
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    Don't know where you are writing from, but you are always welcome Zadok :D
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    Next day I was going to be more careful and try not to hit anything :D Some pictures from the road towards the coast.

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    Closing in to Mugla, I took a shortcut through some smaller village roads.

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    It was beautiful

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    It was beautiful

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    To be continued...
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    Yes, please
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    The sea at last!

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    Actually this isn't the sea, it's the Köycegiz lake just next to the sea!

    Moving on, I met a biker couple, stopped for a chat and decided to meet in Öludeniz for a drink. Hello Attila :wave. I'm looking forward to news from your ride to Katmandu! :clap

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    Enjoying the view once in a while

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    and moving on..

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    Finally I reached Öludeniz, which actually means 'dead sea', due to a lagoon next to the beach. It is not dead however, on the contrary it's very lively. See for yourself.

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    I'm sending a salute to my Lithuanian paraglider friends Andrej and Aleksej from here! :freaky They told me Öludeniz is a famous spot for paragliding :nod

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    Taking a swim in Öludeniz, I decided to move on to Marmaris that day.

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    I arrived just around sunset. This night I was determined not to ride :wink:

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    to be continued...
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    Hi Nerudarider,
    Thanks for sharing. It reminds me of one of the best rides I took in the the reverse direction back in ’99. By the way, the best dish I ever had :tb was in Kutahya at a restaurant on the exit towards Istanbul. It was some sort of a casserole with eggplant, ground beef, sour cream and cheese. If you stop over there, can you please ask them for the recipe?
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    Hi Paris :wave

    Eggplant, or auberguine some may prefer, or patlican in Turkish and Persian and maybe Greek (anyone?) is very common in Turkish cousine. From your description I'd guess it was the dish called 'Alinazik' (literally meaning 'Gentle Ali :D ) which is one of my personal all time favorites too. Or maybe I'm just hungry :nod .

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    If it is, and hoping you know anyone speaking Turkish, you can find the recipe in Turkish:
    http://yemektariflerimiz.blogcu.com/Yogurtlu+Ali+Nazik+Tarifi/

    Enjoy! :dg
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    I don’t know anyone who speaks Turkish but if you told me the name, I found a few translated recipes.
    Thanks!
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    Next day I decided to take a ride towards Datca as I'd never been there before. But first I needed breakfast and had my bike washed while I was eating some 'gözleme' together with 'ayran'.

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    The road to Datca is beautiful and very curvy :rayof

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    Riding around the area the whole day I moved on to the really touristic Bodrum and spent the night there...

    On the way I could take another sunset photo

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    To be continued...
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    You are welcome anytime :thumbup
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    Great pics. Keep it going, show us more pics of your country.
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    I had to ride back to Istanbul, so after taking a fast tour around Bodrum I moved on.

    Breakfast near the Bodrum Fortress

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    On the way you pass through the Bafa Lake. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Bafa

    You can see ancient settlements on the small island.

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    The way back through Izmir was boring so I thought I'd go heavy with the throttle :D

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    and got this! :eek1

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    Near Akhisar ca 120 km from Izmir my differential broke down :bluduh
    This was the second time it happened, the first time I was somewhere near Kozani in Greece but I managed to take the bike back to Istanbul before I got stranded. It was not a great way to end this trip. Or maybe it was a suitable finish to its unfortunate start... I don't know, I was just .... :dog

    I took a flight back to Istanbul and had the bike towed to BMW Service in Izmir. I would have to wait 20 days in the middle of my holiday before I got my bike back :bluduh

    To be continued...
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    OK VDG, but only if you promise to show some of yours! :tb

    Deal? :freaky
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    Turkey is one of my dream rides. I would really like someday to get back there and do some riding. I've always thought of it as a great place to winter. Flights from the US are very cheep. I could ride all winter and post ride report after ride report. I can't think of a better way to taunt my snowed in friends. :thumb

    Thanks for sharing.


    BMW is loosing their base over their final drive issue. People say that they don't fail that often. My issue was that every time I hit the road on my GS I was focused on it. It sure is a bad way to end a trip. To bad to because the GS is the best light touring bike ever.
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    great pics, and ride. It's a miracle you weren't seriously hurt when you hit the dog... :thumb I hope you'll be back on the road again soon.. :pope

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    Aaaaaaahhh! Kaan you lucky bastard... (except the dog hit :eek1 )
    You have beautiful perfect adv-country there!
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    Beautiful pics! I will ride in Turkey someday- for some reason pics of Turkey always get me super excited to travel. Maybe I was Turkish in a past life? :dunno
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