September 18, 2002 GMT
Istanbul to Cappadocia

Thanks for the comments chaps, keep them coming...

After our last post, we wandered over to the Grand Bazaar for a look around. It really is quite a spectacle. Adrian thought that it reminded him of the Victoria Centre - and I must confess I could see what he meant. I had my first thick, black Turkish Coffee which had the texture of gravelly sand except not as smooth. It has kept me awake for 36 hours now and I'm starting to hallucinate!

We ate kebabs at a street stall and retired for a few beers at the hotel. In the cab home the taxi driver tried to rip us off for the fare but he didn't put up much resistance when we protested. More of this to come I suspect.

Next day we upped sticks and headed for Ankarra. We stopped en route to try and fix the intercoms and discovered a blown fuse and broken wire on Adrian's bike. We will fix this when we next stop for a few days.

We motored to Ankarra and again picked up a hotel for the night before pressing on towards Cappodcia which is where we are now as I type. We are going to spend the night in Goreme village tonight and go sightseeing the famous mud city tomorrow.

Oh, and we got moved on by a member of the Turkish army for stopping somewhere sensitive to check our maps. Needless to say we pressed on without much argument as I've seen Midnight Express and have no wish to re-enact the shower scene with anyone!!!!

Posted by Sean Kelly at September 18, 2002 02:32 PM GMT
Comments

So when do we get to see some piccies of this epic adventure -or did Adrian leave the camera behind?? Perhaps you should have bought one of those underwater cameras - I think I've got Jaques Cousteaus number somewehere.
Anyway, keep on keeping on, and keep us all posted. Oh, porsche fixed now (almost!!).
Cheers Liam.
P.S Should be picking up mums car this weekend - so a night in the Adelphi looms. Any reccomendations!!?

Posted by: Liam on September 18, 2002 06:29 PM GMT

Hi Sean,
any chance of posting or texting me Ian or Sues phone number?? Want to fetch mum's car this weekend and I can't get hold of Kev.
Thanks
Liam

Posted by: Liam on September 18, 2002 07:05 PM GMT

Hurray, I've got my car back!
Only needs a new ignition and door lock. Unfortunately I've got Anne back as well, the hospital couldn't cope with her demands any more ha ha. God I hope she doesn't read this or I'm a dead man.

Tell you what guys, I can tell it's definitely you pair out there cuz anyone else would be just having a boring uneventful trip, you know, nice weather, bikes going brilliantly. Terry Pratchett once said that if someone didn't like you they'd say " May you live in Interesting times" and you boys are certainly doing that!

Anyway, don't get crushed or mangled

Paul

ps Where are the photos ?

Posted by: Paul on September 18, 2002 07:46 PM GMT

Hurrah!Its only taken three of us 5 days to get into this website!Glad to know the two of you are still alive!!!

Posted by: hil on September 27, 2002 12:23 PM GMT

Hi Sean
Good to see it's going well. Hope you find the time and place to watch the grand finale of the Superbikes this sunday pm from Imola, it's going to be brill. As an Italian, I'm impressed you burned your horns out in Turkey, typical Germans under-engineering the most important parts of the bike.
John

Posted by: John M on September 27, 2002 04:47 PM GMT
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