Monthly Archives: July 2018

Iraq – Kurdistan Region, Zakho – 30 July 2018

I was told by my friends in Mardin that it was possible to visit the Kurdistan Region in Iraq without a visa. As both sides of the border are inhabited by Kurds it was quite safe but not to stray … Continue reading

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Turkey – Mardin, 27 – 29 July 2018

Short ride from Sanliurfa to Mardin with temperatures hovering around the 44c mark hahaha, road works and traffic through the towns meant slow going. I stopped to fill up along the way and could not leave until I had answered … Continue reading

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Turkey – Sanliurfa, 25 – 26 July 2018

Longer than usual ride from Goreme to Sanliurfa through the mountains so decided to hop on the freeway and see how the toll system works. Besides Istanbul this is the only other part of Turkey with a freeway. When I … Continue reading

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Turkey – Goreme, 22 – 24 July 2018

Ankara to Goreme, once again 4 lane roads that got a bit rougher when I turned off the main highway to Goreme. The whole distance was above 1000 metres so fairly cool. There were some big salt lakes on the … Continue reading

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Turkey – Ankara, 18 – 21 July 2018

The ride so far, 6,000 km. Eskisehir to Ankara, another easy ride, rising in altitude from 788m to 938m the high plains, vast open areas with farms. Its also cooler around 30c instead of 40c. There was a police presence … Continue reading

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Turkey – Eskisehir, 17 July 2018

I stopped in Eskisehir just for the night, arrive, eat dinner and ride on the next morning. The ride was in fine weather, good 4 lane roads all the way, uneventful except I forgot to take a turnoff and nearly … Continue reading

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Turkey – Eceabat, Gallipoli Peninsula, 12 – 16 July 2018

When I arrived at the hotel in Svilengrad there was only street parking for my bike and they wanted me to park it securely but it would not fit through the door from the street into the garden. It became … Continue reading

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Bulgaria – Svilengrad, 10 – 11 July 2018

Kragujevac to Svilengrad another stop on the way to Turkey, this time for a couple of days to rest my weary bones hahaha. It will also allow me to get to the Turkish border early which is always a good … Continue reading

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Serbia – Kragujevac, 09 July 2018

This was an overnight stop just off the freeway riding from Zagreb to Turkey. Toll road in Croatia and Serbia, the difference being the Serbian tolls are about a quarter of the price. Crossing the border from Croatia into Serbia … Continue reading

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