A DAY AT THE BEACH

•January 11, 2015 • 6 Comments

Today we’re of to Serigerme beach, a little run of about 20 miles, more riding practice for my daughter, firstly though its find “Little Vic” a tortoise that wandered in and adopted us.

Every morning find little Vic for his breakfast

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He quite often gets himself stuck on the gates and needs a little shove.

He climbs the gate to get from one side of the garden to the other

Up....

Stuck...........

This whole episode took about 20 minutes to photograph, you never get any action blur when photographing him!

Over !!

Thats the entertainment over for the day, on the bikes and off to the beach.

Today we are off to Sarigerme beach for a swim

V speeding past

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I like to take beach photos from in the sea with the beach in the background.

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Fag break

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Group shot

Dry-off and back on the bikes to Dalaman.

On our way back home

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MY DAUGHTER LEARNS TO RIDE

•January 10, 2015 • 4 Comments

My daughter came out to Turkey for a holiday, within two hours of stepping off the plane she asked to ride one of the bikes, having no experience other than being a pillion on her boyfriends bike back in UK , I insisted she learned on a scooter first.

Why learn on a scooter first?…It’s much easier, there’s so much less to think about, they weigh less, the brakes are what your used too, being on the handle bars just like a peddle bike that we all have ridden when we were children, also there’s no clutch and gears to think about, its all automatic, not having to think about these things frees up your mind to learn road sense. The highest accident rates on the roads are among new drivers and new riders.

Arrived in Dalaman

I repaired the scooter and checked everything was working.

“ This is a mirror Vienna, you don't need them in Turkey”

We went through all the switches and what they do, practiced finding the engine kill switch without looking, its best to find this one automatically because when you need to use it, your generally in a panicked/flustered situation.

Control practice

Next it was practice getting used to where the automatic clutch starts to bite, roll a few inches, then power off and gently brake, its important to get a feel for the front wheel brake, harsh stabby braking locks up the front wheel and never ends well for the rider.

“Go on you have my full attention”

Next was ride the length of the garden, gently stop and practice maneuvering, turning as if parking in town, the trick to not being wobbly on a bike is to look far ahead to where you want to be and not to look down.

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Getting better

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Lastly it was practice maneuvering as if parking in a tight place with the engine helping you shunt the bike around.

No problems - on the roads next

Next it was out on some quiet back roads to learn road sense.

Wild Hogs Baby !!

Everyone has their own idea about road sense on bikes, mine are to ride in the center of the lane not near the edge, and definitely not in the gutter as many novice riders start out in, all the dust, grit,gravel and various bits that drop of cars and trucks end up here, its slippery for a bike and also there is nowhere to go if you need to make an evasive maneuver.

Quick ride around and then off to the beach

She’s a very quick learner, so next of we went on to the main roads and a little 20 mile run to one of the beaches we like.

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Practiced the knuckle salute!!

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Stopped and had a quick lesson about riding on dirt tracks, you have to be very gentle with the brakes, power and no sudden harsh movements steering.

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Quick pit stop for a coke

Stopped at a little cafe for some lunch.

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Then its just a mile or so the the beach.

Nearly at the beach

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Just a quick paddle about at the beach.

Sarigerme beach

Had a quick paddle, water warm so coming back tomorrow

V and Linda

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Off for a run back home.

On our way back home

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We decided that tomorrow we’d  leave earlier and spend the day at the beach.

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BODRUM & EPHESUS

•January 8, 2015 • 14 Comments

Its July and very hot here now, mid 40’s most days, we thought a nice long run to Bodrum would be in order, its a good 4 hour trip each way if you dont need to stop for  a fag every 30 minutes. One of the “Quaint” traffic laws in Turkey is that all motorbikes are restricted to 70 KPH  (44 MPH) needless to say most bikers in Turkey are constantly stopped and contribute vast amounts of money to the police benevolent fund.

Trip up to Bodrum

The black tape over the filler cap key hole prevents the petrol bubbling out and spraying me when the tank gets hot in the sun with the engine running, a small modification but a good one!

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Our moody camera took a few hours off again, so not many pics of the views and fag stops.

Bodrum from the road

Bodrum in the distance.

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We chanced upon a pension right in the center of town.

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I really love this bike, even though she’s a cheap Chinese copy of a Yamaha Virago, she does all that’s asked of her and returned about 65 MPG on the run up here, petrol prices in Turkey at this moment are almost 7.50 Pounds a gallon (12 USD) The paint and bodywork are dire but the engines on these Chinese clones are good for the money.

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We stayed in the room for an hour to cool down and take advantage of the included tea and watermelon.

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the view from the balcony over Bodrum marina

The view from our balcony over Bodrum marina.

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We had a walk around town, Bodrum castle in the distance.

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St.Peters castle, built by good old English Crusaders Centuries ago.

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The Mrs. found the bazaar (Moody camera again) and unfortunately I had to endure 5 hours of being dragged around a multitude of tat shops and stalls before I was allowed to eat.

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I ordered International cuisine, English steak and chips in a Chinese restaurant in Turkey!

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The next day I wanted to explore the castle.

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The chapel above was built by King John in the 13th century, the tower had the top lobbed off in the 1980’s and converted to a minaret, very few Christian symbols are allowed in Turkey, people thinking and deciding for themselves would never do!

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After photo posing, more exploring.

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The evening was spent in the bloody Bazaar again, not much storage space left in the bike now. Next day it was back on the bike and a run to Ephesus, Mary’s house and the Tomb of St.John the Baptist.

Off to Ephesus near kusadasi

First up is Mary’s house (Jesus mother) Had my doubts if this was genuine as its a fair old way from Israel, so searched the Vatican website and they say it is, apparently she fled the Holy lands by boat after the Crucifixion.

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Franciscan Nuns run the place supported by American charities.

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Prayers are written by people and pinned,tied,taped to the wall around the house.

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Baptism pool.

I have one already

I already have a genuine fake watch but know where to come now when it breaks!

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St.Johns basilica.

St. John the baptist's grave

The tomb of St.John the Baptist, I must confess, I thought it would be grander.

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Next up is a little run to Ephesus then back to Bodrum.

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Ephesus ampitheatre

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The Ephesus library is quite magnificent.

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This way to the brothel

Follow the footprints to the brothel.

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Roman loo.

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Off back to Bodrum and the hotel for a shower, been a long sweaty day walking around.

Yes - I am sunburnt !!

Yes, I am proper, proper sun-burnt!

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The long run back to Dalaman.

Ciggie break

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The usual slippy melted tar on Mugla hill.

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Nice photo of my genuine fake watch!

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And home again, this is the longest run so far on this bike, several hours each way, it took longer to get home because of  rock bum and dead legs, torture on motorbikes is part of the fun!

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DATCA BIKE FESTIVAL

•January 7, 2015 • 6 Comments

With our friend Mick, on his Honda Dominator, we had a run to Datca for a bike rally and music festival.

Trip to Aktur near Dacta for a bike rally

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Ir’s a good 2.5 hour run each way from Dalaman to Datca.

first ciggie break on the way to Marmaris

First ciggie break.

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Stopped for another fag break in some town or other.

Ciggie break in Marmaris

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Skirting past Marmaris.

View over Marmaris

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Another fag break admiring the coastal view.

Ciggie break along the coast

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The Datca peninsular has some great views on both sides of the road.

Stunning sceanery

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ciggie break

The morning is warming up now and the stops for a drink and ciggie getting more frequent.

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The campsite where the festival is held.

We are here for the 3rd Marmok bike festival

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Met some interesting people walking around the camp.

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We just had to have a go of course, but its harder than it looks, Mick and I soon gave up trying to ride one.

I had to try it

It was horrible and scarey

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Mick had a go

Having both given up on the scary fally-over machine we explored the campsite beach.

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Our new friend !!

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Had a wander around looking at bikes.

The festival lasts for a week - bikes and rock music

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If ever I won the lottery, I’d have me a Goldwing.

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Time to relax after all that walking around

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Cool Goldwing

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Mick got asked to join a chapter, they didn’t ask me, bastards!!

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Mick and Linda made some new friends, I went for a swim.

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The sea was warm so just had to have a swim

Mick and I set of back to Dalaman early evening, Linda followed a couple of days later, it was good trip out and nice to see all the bikes.

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IAN & BEV CAME TO STAY

•January 7, 2015 • 6 Comments

Ian & Bev came to stay with us at the villa.

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Having spare bikes came in useful….

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…As did a volunteer to help with the polishing.

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Ian had a desperate need to feel the power of a Turkish copy of a Chinese copy of a Vespa 125cc scooter.

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Lazy days spent splashing around.

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Drying off in the garden.

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Evening drinks….

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THE ANNUAL VISIT

•June 14, 2013 • 15 Comments

Dave and Juliet arrived here in Bulgaria after a two day ride  from  Kas in Turkey.

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He’s ridden to Bulgaria on his trusty Yamaha XT660R.

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Next they’re heading off in to Romania and/or Macedonia.

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After lunch and a catch-up of a years worth of  gossip they have to head back to Veliko Tarnovo.

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Juliet’s helmet with the floppy ears attached is way cool!!

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Must try to take next years photos from a different angle or something, or better still, the Mrs. might let me have a day off so that I can visit some bike rallies, I wonder what bike he’ll ride up on next year :)

VISITORS FROM TURKEY

•June 16, 2012 • 18 Comments

A motorbike arrived at the gates the other day, Dave and Juliet from Turkey, he drove up from Kalkan in Turkey to Bulgaria in the car, they are staying at Dougs place near Veliko Tarnovo (VT.) and borrowed his girlfriends bike to ride around Bulgaria on. Doug is a legend amongst long distance riders and adventure riders, riding around the World twice plus many long distance rides, he now runs a bikers camp in Bulgaria near VT with his girlfriend Polly.

1996 Yamaha 660 Tenere.

I  love the twin headlights on the Tenere, just like the Africa Twin.

It was absolutely great to touch, feel and smell a motorbike again after an absence from bikes for a year now while the endless house renovations slowly lumber on, of course we had to sit on Polly’s bike and pose for photos.

I’ve “Virtually” known Dave via his blog (DickyB’s Turkish Delight) on the internet for probably 5 years or so now, it was great to finally meet up after all that time, Juliet is a fantastic painter, we  spent the whole afternoon chatting and Linda gave them a tour of the house (unfinished) then a tour of the barns (Unfinished) and a tour around the garden (Unfinished)

Before we knew it, the afternoon flew by and they headed back to VT.

The main gate is also unfinished :)

Heading back across country to Veliko Turnovo.

 
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