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Old 26 Nov 2012
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From Bulgaria to Georgia? By ferry?

Hello Folks!

I'm looking for a way to get myself and the bike from Bulgaria into direction Iran, with avoiding Turkey. I will have stayed more than half a year in Turkey till March 2013, will leave to Bulgaria and then can not enter till September next year. So I'm looking for a way how to circle around for getting forward into South-East direction into India...

Didn't find anything detailed, so far.

Has anybody suggestions for this project??


Alex
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Hello Alex,

ı think you are not seriously talking..sent you some messages but didnt get a reply yet.
From Varna to Batumi there is a ferry line which you can travel with your bike but doesnt have a normal schedule.
just talked with Doug Wothke,he is in san fransisco currently and has a motocamp in idilevo.
You can send an Email to Mr.Ivo asking for details in first hand.
motocampbg@yahoo.com

This motocamp is highly recommended by everyone.
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Seems this is the only solution for you.I know other options but do not recommend you as they will be adventure and very expensive.

I know all the problems you have met in ıran but you are in turkey and many biker friendly guys here..I am welknown by many bikers as the right guy in İstanbul to contact...
This is just to be helpful to you honestly.


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Thanks for your help and advices again, Mehmet!
I'll appreciate! What do you mean I'm not seriously...??

I remember the msg. according to the tires and your friend at Iran boarder, but that time we already left Iran further south.

If you are talking about sth. else, I'm not sure if I got it?

But anyway, thanks again! I heard many good things about the motocampbg and I think I will get there in middle Dec, if I'll not freeze like hell.... and find a place to store the bike for a couple of months.

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My message askıng where u are stayıng in istanbul and need any medicine..nop..hope you will overcome all soon.

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+1 for Doug & Polly's motocamp in Bulgaria...a real haven for bikers and always a friendly welcome. I cannot recommend this place highly enough for any bikers travelling through Bulgaria.
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Oh!

We are staying in Kadiköy at motorbiker, I met through CS. I introduced him into HU, because he is going into a longer trip himself next year...

His name is Alp, he mentioned that he already found some contact in HU here in Istanbul. Was not sure, maybe he was talking about you??

According to my health! Thanks I'm doing fine again!!

What do you think? Maybe we come over to the European side and stop by at your place and have some nice talks? Maybe at the weekend???

Thanks again for your help!

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But anyway, thanks again! I heard many good things about the motocampbg and I think I will get there in middle Dec, if I'll not freeze like hell.... and find a place to store the bike for a couple of months.

Alex
I'm flying to Sofia on 22nd December and will stay the night at Motocamp. On 23rd I'll head for Turkey. Will park bike back there latest 4th Jan for a 5th Jan flight. Maybe see you there?


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+1 for Doug & Polly's motocamp in Bulgaria...a real haven for bikers and always a friendly welcome. I cannot recommend this place highly enough for any bikers travelling through Bulgaria.
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Hello Folks!

I'm looking for a way to get myself and the bike from Bulgaria into direction Iran, with avoiding Turkey. I will have stayed more than half a year in Turkey till March 2013, will leave to Bulgaria and then can not enter till September next year. So I'm looking for a way how to circle around for getting forward into South-East direction into India...

Didn't find anything detailed, so far.

Has anybody suggestions for this project??


Alex
Hi Alex
If the ferry from Varna falls through, you might want to consider riding 400 miles further on round the Black Sea to the seaport of Odessa in the Ukraine which also has a ferry to Georgia this usually runs once a week.
In fact, looking at that company's schedule, they also run a Varna option, the website is pretty informative and I found their agent in Odessa was good at responding to email questions.
Schedule of cargo ferries in the Black Sea between the ports of Illichivsk, Kerch, Batumi, Poti, Derince, Varna

Good luck and ride safe - tell Polly and Doug that I WILL get to their campsite one day!
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Hello Tiffany!

Thank you very much for this great information!
I checked the website and it look very well...

I think I will look into this, when it comes to that time!

I'll let them know at the camp when I stop by there...

Ciao Alex
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I'm flying to Sofia on 22nd December and will stay the night at Motocamp. On 23rd I'll head for Turkey. Will park bike back there latest 4th Jan for a 5th Jan flight. Maybe see you there...
Hi Chris!

Man, you are way braver than I'm. I'm hidding into Bulgaria from Istanbul on Fr and schedule two days to get there. Just to make sure, because today there was the first snow with 20 cm at the BG/TR -boarder. I guess it will not be barbeceue-time on Newyearsday...

I will leave BG already on 13th, so we will unfortunately miss each other...
Maybe the next time!? I will store my bike at the camp and come back in July

All the best and have a safe winter-ride...


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Hi Chris!

Man, you are way braver than I'm. I'm hidding into Bulgaria from Istanbul on Fr and schedule two days to get there. Just to make sure, because today there was the first snow with 20 cm at the BG/TR -boarder. I guess it will not be barbeceue-time on Newyearsday...

I will leave BG already on 13th, so we will unfortunately miss each other...
Maybe the next time!? I will store my bike at the camp and come back in July

All the best and have a safe winter-ride...


Alex
Shame we'll miss each other. Ivo at Motocamp did mention something about snow in December . I'm hoping I can get the bike out of the village and onto the main road which will hopefully be cleared (or not?). If I can't get out of the village, I'll be forced to drink a lot of booze and maybe rent dirtbike and go for a ride in the forest.

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I arrived at the moto camp today and had an interesting riding. It was around 1°-3° most the time and very rainy in the mountains.
I was veeery happy, just 5 mins after I arrived in idilevo at started snowing and still keeps going on....

I wish you fun, if you really want to take out your bike...

In the meantime your transalp has some more nice company...

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Hi Alex
Yeh. should be "fun" getting the bike out of Idilevo and to Turkey. Wish me luck!


Be careful, I might borrow your bike for the trip, if it's more suitable

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Be careful, I might borrow your bike for the trip, if it's more suitable

Hmmmh,

she will very hardly deny to enter Turkey again.....
I'm sure!

Take care and I really wish you a lot of fun in Bulgarian winter riding...!!

Alex

P.S. Ivo thinks you are crazy....
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Please give Ivo (and Harley and Peach) my regards. I'll see them on Sat 22nd December.
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