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I'm gonna depart from Munich mid- September, doing roughly the same route (a little bit of Greece in addition). Don't know the exact date of departure yet, still very much to do and still waiting for the OK for my Iranian visa. Perhaps I'll wait until the elections (22nd Sept.) and depart just after that, but thats already rather late.. I'm gonna tell U when I leave, hope we'll manage to meet somewhere on the road.
Good luck and have a nice trip so far.
thanks for your message, yeah if your going my way it would be good to meet up.
as a point of interest, i havent got my iran visa yet but have applied through a company called magic carpet before i left with a view to getting my passport stamped in istanbul, as it can take a few weeks to come through.
They seem pretty good and came from a few reccomendations from this site, if you need contact details for them go to there website and you can download the visa form and info on what to do.
Concerning my Iranian visa: I already sent off my application form to the iranian embassy, as I phoned with someone a few weeks ago, who told me it was no problem getting his visa (the only difference is, that he went there personally; hope that is not the point, would be about 500km of driving for me), so I thought I'd try it on my own. But the more I hear from other guys, it doesn't seem that easy. If I don't get any reply within the next 1 1/2 weeks, I'll try your magic-´carpet company.
Thanks for the tip anyway.
See you on the road (I'll tell you when I leave)
We went through Yugoslavia but obviously missed your pizza place - ah well next time !!!
We are doing much the same trip on two BMW F650's and are currently in Tehran, Iran. As we are going somewhat slower than you I think then perhaps we will meet you - maybe in India ( we intend to be there end Oct/ Early Nov for around 3 weeks or so ). Keep in touch via email and you can check our website at www.twowheeltrekkers.co.uk
We had fun getting our Iranian Visa also but we had 2 passports so left one in London at the embassy, got it posted to Jenny's parents who then DHL's it to us in Croatia once it was returned. It all took about a month. But we are here now and everyone is really friendly. You might find Iran is now more expensive than you expected - the "tourist" price can be a little scary and similar to English prices !
i am in romania a little behind you. Small world - first person i met in sighisaoria was a young guy called eddy who rides ktm and had spoken to you. Sends his regards and i told him of this site.
Romania has got to be best kept secret in the world !!!!
Bulgaria on 26th - any advice?
Yeah i entirely agree about Romania, not all good although alot of it is, but all of it is incredibly interesting and on the whole the people are great and very eager to talk, whhere posible.
I stayed at the same place high up in the old town with a great family who loved making me coffee and wanting to chat to me. A good time.
Because i have to be in Istanbul for the 23rd i decided to make some headway when i left there and go straight for the border. I actually intended to stop in Bucherest, but in all honesty took one look and decided too busy etc and headed for Giugiu on the border to crash out for the night and cross the following day.
It was ok but not a nice town and in fact some guys pulled me over claiming to be officials and demanded money, please be aware of this scam, when they wouldnt give me some sensible ID i just rode off but there were four of them and it was a little disconserting!
Otherwise the crossing to Bulgaria was a bit laborious and slow but fairly straight forward.
I am currently in a town in bulgaria called Veliko Turnovo and it is great, interesting and quite lively, well worth a stopover and easy to get to when you cross, ie. it is sign posted using the saxon alphabet, most places are not!
Another word of warning, change your money to Bulgarian before making the crossing. I did not and waited till i arrived at this town to change it, but no one wants it, to much of an unreliable currnecy. I have now got about a million and a half Lei that is just taking up space! There are cash points here where you can withdraw cash from a credit or debit card, handy for me that!
Anyway, i will stop going on, if there is anything else you want to know give me a shout, otherwise look after yourself and if you catch me up we can have a or two!
U'r right about Kosovo,especialy the 'idiots' part!
If someone told u that u shouldnt go there,thay wore right.
It's total anarchy down there!!! Problems that u expirienced are real 'on the small scale' of what could be expirienced down there.
The guy at the fuel station probebly did'nt understand a word u wore saying,and bare in mind that at least 80% of Kosovo population are completly iliterate(not sure 'bout speling),thay don't know how to read or write,and thay dont even speak the language of the country thay are living in for past 30-40 years,and not to mention speaking english!So if enyone of u does not speak Schiptarese(Albanien) u should'nt go there(if u dont mind speaking with the KFOR solders only)
I dont recomend enyone to take the dirt or poor local roads(in the mountanius region) if they are not up for an offroad adventure(mud,big hard rocks and all the 'fun' stuf for your wheels),so stick to the 'main'(magistral) roads(e.g. Prepolje-Bjelo Polje-Berane,the one Cliff & Jenny rode)
Well, it looks like we're ahead of you on the road. We set off on Monday the 9th from the UK and arrived in Istanbul the following Sunday to torrential rain.
We really just blasted through eastern europe as we are on a tight schedule. No problems at all in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. In fact the roads are superb really, what with all the ec money being pumped in to infrastructure. We didn't stay anywhere long enough to get hassled.
Anyway, if you head east to Cappodocia checkout the Kose Pension at Goreme village. It's full of back packers but not bad value and a nice place to stop. Roads are good all the way through to here and the scenery beautiful.
Hi William, We are a couple of Canadians currently in Greece, travelling on an old bmw and will be in Istanbul around the 23rd or so. We will probably be camping and will spend about a week in Istanbul. Perhaps we could get together for a drink?
Cheers Peter and Carol
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