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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    By the time we got to Silven it was after 2 and we has lunch in the main park. This involved a bit of illegal riding thru the pedestrian area, but we finally found the grounds keeper who showed us where we could park.


    [​IMG]Bulgaria_-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Now we wanted to make some miles so we hopped onto the secondary highway and joined the main highway just before Burgas.


    [​IMG]Bulgaria_-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    From here it was a 30 km ride to the beach town of Sozopol.

    [​IMG]Bulgaria_-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The first place we booked using the wifi in the square turned out to be way out of town and when we arrived they seemed surprised someone had booked…weird aparthotel. That cancelled we headed back to the town and Assen rode about for 15 min and found a nice small hotel where the neighbor across the street agreed to park his car outside so we could put the bikes inside. We are not as concerned as everyone else seems to be about this issue. Assen did have to park outside, but we used one of our bike covers and cable locked it to the fence.
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  2. MaNDan

    MaNDan 'Old Japanese cycles & '26Chevy truck

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    So, did you get in or not?
    I can hardly believe that you all were not in there, but I see no photos.
    May be you ran out of time??
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    There was a tiny entrance you see Trevor poking out of. The drop from there inside to the ground was 3 m and to get back up would be difficult for me. I'm only 5 ft tall. Trevor said he did not think i would be able to get back up easily. Sadly we did not. A very tall Dutch rider just was there the day after and took amazing pics inside!!!
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  4. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    shame you didn't get inside Buzludzha it is quite the site to see.

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Paul

    I know we should have!! Getting back out was the issue, it was late in the day, and Assen wanted us to see the castle. Cool pics!!!
  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    During dinner we got a call from some of Assen’s friends who were at their weekend house 30 km south in Lozenets. After a few calls and text messages we finally decided we better go. We all squeezed into a taxi with poor suspension and arrived just before midnight to a party in full swing…

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Party-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Party-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Party-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Party-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Party-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Party-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Party-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Party-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we lazed about most of the day since we were out so late. We did have a bit of a walk about the old city and the sea wall.

    [​IMG]Bulgaria-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol-20 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol-18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol-21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    A toe in the chilly Black Sea.

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol-19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The gang managed to rouse for food by 430 and we found a really nice place on the water with excellent food. We had muscles and crabs and friend fresh caught (we saw the guy catch them) blue fish.

    [​IMG]Bulgaria-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    It started to pour so we headed inside for coffee and dessert.

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    It let up to a drizzle for the hike home and we did not get too wet. We are still in a holding pattern as we are waiting to go to Turkey when we know we have out LOI for Turkmenistan as we will pick up these visas in Ankara.
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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    So its a sleep in and back to our favourite place for amazing salads for lunch. We tried to find a spot with the International hockey play off, but the one that said it had the channel did not. No worries we had some rakia and listened to it in Swedish on Orvar's phone. It was too late for us and we are glad we went to bed to miss Canada’s loss to Sweden in a shoot out.

    [​IMG]IMG_0420 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Bulgaria Sozopol-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    Trevor needs to get Euros and wants to see about getting a different shock for his bike. He did some adjustments today, but will ride to either Greece or Sofia tomorrow and Orvar will go with us.
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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we had a few set back to our quick trip to Istanbul.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-05-24 at 19.45.07 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2017-05-24 at 19.39.55 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Great people at the hotel helped us with everything we needed including telling the garage guy he could not charge us double for an extra night.


    [​IMG]Bulgaria by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We did set out a bit late at 930 and when we were 5 km away Sara realized she could not remember picking the envelope with the Turkish Lira and USD for the insurance at the border. AGH…Dan rode back but did not find it at the hotel….that is because she had put it in a safe place and then promptly forgot where…in the luggage all along. No harm done other than to worry our hosts at the hotel. Luckily we could message Trevor who was still at the hotel to put them at ease.
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We bought gas 1 km before the border as it is pretty expensive in Turkey.


    [​IMG]Turkey Istanbul-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey Istanbul-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    You ride up to the Bulgarian border crossing and they asked for our bike papers and passports for an exit stamp. You then go to customs and repeat.


    [​IMG]Turkey Istanbul-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey Istanbul-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey Istanbul-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Then we rode up past the blown up cars to the first booth for Turkey and were waved thru.

    [​IMG]Turkey Istanbul-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_0430 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Next you get an entry stamp and they wanted to see our e visas, passports, green cards, and bike registration.

    [​IMG]Turkey Istanbul-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    They then told us we needed to buy insurance, which we already knew as our green card does not work here. We walked over to the insurance office and he took down all Orvar’s information and said he wanted 135 Euros for each of us. This is a scam as the rate as of a month ago was 30. He refused to budge. We refused to be scammed, but this meant getting out of Turkey and back into Bulgaria and then a 360 km detour to the main crossing.

    So back to customs at 2 different windows and then and exit passport stamp. The customs guys handed back the passports and said “Im sorry” even he knew it was a scam, but could do nothing. We then drove back to the Bulgarian border, passed thru decontamination, which appears to be free for bikes but you must give your plate number, and did then did all the previous steps in reverse.

    [​IMG]Turkey Istanbul-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We started on the route 9 at 1 pm and the GPS said there was a cut off road that turned out to be a muddy dirt road. This meant essentially a complete back track to the main road thru Burgas (40 km before our starting point at Sozopol). Once there we got on the A1, but took a cross road on the 55 to arrive at the border of Turkey again today.

    [​IMG]Turkey Istanbul-27 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Turkey Istanbul-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey Istanbul-17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We road past all of them and there were only about 5 cars in front of us at Bulgarian passport control. We got our exit stamp and review by customs. Funny they did not even comment on the fact that we had done this earlier today.


    [​IMG]Turkey Istanbul-22 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    From here you ride to the Turkish crossing where there seems to be about 20 lines, but only one was open. Luckily there was only 5 cars ahead of us again. We got another entry stamp and they wanted to see the bike papers, e visa, and green cards. We moved to the next window and they told to go to “D3”, which is an area about 500 m away and clearly makes with a Huge D3 sign. This was where we got our insurance. They were very friendly, but spoke little English. The guy entered our bike models into the computer and lo and behold the rate of ….29 Euros for the month. After you get your insurance paper you go to the next window for a passport stamp. There was a bit of an issue with our ICBC documents since in BC the insurance and title of registration are on one paper. Also unlike Europe this is very unofficial looking document. There was much discussion amongst all the agents, but finally they gave us our stamp. From here you return to the border and have “baggage inspection”. This consisted of the guy asking us to open everything, we open only the panniers. He did not even look and then said “thats ok”. Then he wanted to know if were going to Georgia and said that we had to go to Iran as it was so amazing”.


    [​IMG]Turkey Istanbul-24 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We left the border this time at 630 pm and we had 250 km to go.

    [​IMG]Turkey Istanbul-25 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey Istanbul-26 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We arrived to the main highway, which is a toll road, but they use auto tolling here and there are no gates or pay stations. They do not have Vignettes either. After the first “toll” crossing we stopped to ask the police how we could pay and they said just drive thru with the bikes. Technically all vehicles must pay even bikes, but the plate cameras are forward only. This meant we could do the 120 limit on the E 80 instead of the smaller D100. We had a 10 min break about 830 to lube the chains, but pressed on to minimize the riding in the dark. We had about 30 min of that, which at speed with traffic in the last 30 km was a bit hairy. The locals drive fast, veer over many lanes, and merge at very high speed onto the road and often across multiple lanes. They will cut between you from the left to take the right exit. Scary. The hotel we had chosen was located on the tram and metro lines, but also very close to the exit from the highway. We finally arrived at 915 pm. About 3 minutes later Orvar walked up with a bag with cold beers. We walked up the road from some traditional Turkish food. We were so tired we did not even wake up when the 430 call to prayer.

    Meanwhile ‘The Swede” had made a call to Sweden at 1 pm to add Turkey to his green card for free. He learned this from 2 German guys we met at the first crossing. Then he left us at Burgas and went back to Sozopol to the hotel where he found a shop with green paper and they printed off his “ Green” card. He then did not want to chance the closest border again with the scam insurance guy so he took the lower crossroad to the middle border crossing. Here he had every piece of luggage searched including his tent bag. The drivers behind him kept yelling at the guards to stop checking a biker for contraband! His spent more time getting his stuff, but had a much shorter distance to travel and actually arrived to Istanbul 20 minutes before us. He had gone for beers at the store as he had checked our Spot and saw we were nearly there!!

    Meanwhile Trevor had stayed at the hotel in Sozopol until 11. He then headed out on the road to Burgas and then to the highway. His plan was to go to Plovdiv and see if Assen had been able to contact the shock guys about how long it might take to get a new spring. It would be 4-5 days and so instead of going back to Sofia he headed to Greece. He needed to withdraw Euros for 2 days to stock up for the trip east. He was also checking our spot and was shocked to see we were actually an hour behind him.
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  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We only had one day here and there is a lot to see. We bought an Istanbulkart, which you can load up and use for multiple people. In the end we spent 4 dollars each all day. We caught the tram down to the old city and visited the Blue Mosque. Here you must enter thru the visitor gate and be properly dressed. I was let in wearing pants as they are loose and my head scarf. Girls in jeans or tight clothes had to borrow skirts or dresses with attached scarfs.

    “The cascading domes and six slender minarets of the Sultanahmet Mosque (better known as the "Blue Mosque") dominate the skyline of Istanbul. In the 17th century, Sultan Ahmet I wished to build an Islamic place of worship that would be even better than the Hagia Sophia, and the mosque named for him is the result. The two great architectural achievements now stand next to each other in Istanbul's main square

    The Blue Mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet I when he was only 19 years old. It was built near the Hagia Sophia, over the site of the ancient hippodrome and Byzantine imperial palace. Construction work began in 1609 and took seven years.

    Inside, the high ceiling is lined with the 20,000 blue tiles that give the mosque its popular name. Fine examples of 16th-century Iznik design, the oldest tiles feature flowers, trees and abstract patterns. The overall effect is one of the most beautiful sights in Istanbul.”

    [​IMG]Turkey-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-45 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-46 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-44 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_0445 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Turkey-36 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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