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Old 23 Nov 2012
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Hi guys
This autumn/winter/next spring I’m doing a little tour in instalments around south-eastern Europe and western Turkey. In October I rode to Bulgaria and parked my bike at Doug’s in Idilevo. I’ll fly there on 22December and head towards Turkey on 23rd. I’ll probably head for the Black Sea coast at Burgas and then head south, ideally avoiding any snow.

I’m very likely to be in Istanbul for the Christmas period. For New Year, who knows?

I travelled through that wonderful part of the world in late 1999 and it’d be great to check out some old haunts ( Chapter 2 The Big Trip and Chapter 3 The Big Trip ) and ride some new roads, very likely to be hugging the coast where it might be a little warmer (?!)

Anyone in that part of the world and this time and want to drink a or cup of tea?

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Hello Chris!

Just came back from Iran and rode along the south-coast of Turkey and got to Istanbul today. Will stay here for the next weeks, maybe even months,before continueing travell into south-east direction, next spring...

If you want stop by in Istanbul and we go for a ....

Also looking into some good advices from an experienced traveller!

Ciao Alex
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got your group mail..will be back in istanbul first week of December and our group will have a nice new year party at 31.dec.night...tell me which cities you will visit so ı can inform some friends to welcome you...lets keep in touch.
Please from me a big hello and best wishes to Doug and dear Polly.
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ı will call you silent biker..when and how you came to İstanbul.thought you were in İran.where a u staying now..How is your health..please tell me how ı can be helpful..Lets meet soon while you are here..city center is boring in bad weathers...

Today in istanbul for a meeting thats 3 hours later and will be back in Çanakkale again for 10-15 more days for Anzac Day 2015 preparations...may be back some earlier..

Said goodbye to Henry Nottage for Iran,Oliver Pingree for georgia a few days ago..Both UK.bikers...Seems this autumn and winter more UK. bikers will be on the road.

Preparing a new place for bikers in İstanbul by the lakeside with a free camping area and hope to finish until April..
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Lets keep in touch on facebook as best here.
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Wish you both all the best and happy,safe,lucky trips...

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Hello Chris!

Just came back from Iran and rode along the south-coast of Turkey and got to Istanbul today. Will stay here for the next weeks, maybe even months,before continueing travell into south-east direction, next spring...

If you want stop by in Istanbul and we go for a ....

Also looking into some good advices from an experienced traveller!

Ciao Alex
Hi Alex
I'll definitely drop you a line when I'm in Istanbul. It'll good to drink a cerveza or 2.

"Good advice"? Don't know if I can offer any of that

cheers
Chris
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got your group mail..will be back in istanbul first week of December and our group will have a nice new year party at 31.dec.night...tell me which cities you will visit so ı can inform some friends to welcome you...lets keep in touch.
Please from me a big hello and best wishes to Doug and dear Polly.



Preparing a new place for bikers in İstanbul by the lakeside with a free camping area and hope to finish until April..
Bing Maps - Driving Directions, Traffic and Road Conditions

Lets keep in touch on facebook as best here.
https://www.facebook.com/mehmet.avar.12

Some enduro and week-end activity photos here.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/kuzgunmotor/


Wish you both all the best and happy,safe,lucky trips...

Mehmet Avar
Hi Mehmet
Many thanks for the reply. Celebrating New Year with your group sounds like a great idea.

From Istanbul, I'm likely to head south and stay close to the Agean and Mediterranean coast as far as Antalya, just because the weather might be warmer there. Higher ground and eastern Turkey is likely to be too cold or too far in the short time I have. I visited some of the major tourist sites like Ephesus on my last trip and I have no problem vsiting them again (with the exception of Troy that I found to be a big disappointment the first time), but I'm very flexible.

I like nice biking roads (rather than straight truck routes or motorways) and meeting friendly people. I'll have no problem with the later: On my previous trip, all the Turks I met were cool people.

I sent you a FB friend request today. Doug and Polly are in the United States at the moment, but Ivo and Harley will welcome me in December.

As you say, let's keep in touch.
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Chris
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