DAY 44 – HOME AT LAST

We left Canakkale early in the morning, Linda got the map out at our first ciggie stop, having been on the roads in Europe she could not believe we were on the highway from Canakkale to Izmir, despite the many road signs confirming this.

From travelling at 130kph on the fantastic Greek roads, then down to 70kph (43mph) really takes some mental adjusting, it feels  like walking pace, but thats the speed limit in Turkey, and to be honest its June now, the low grade tarmac is melting here under the sun, it would be suicide to take some of these bends at more than 20mph.

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Progress towards home was slow and it was hot again today, you can never drink enough water here in summer, once dehydration starts, so do the headaches, it all becomes quite a chore and you need more rest breaks in the shade.

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This was the ciggie stop where we realised Linda had left our map behind at the last stop, our LPS system had finally crashed. I was confident  though that I could remember the geography of  Turkey well enough to get us home. Pressing on a little further we came across a LINDA shop, by midday though it was hot and we needed to stop for a while, I pulled in to one of the many roadside kebab cafes, the cafe just happened to be opposite Ataturk Mountain, so named because the ridge has a profile of him lying down.

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Back on the long road once again.

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Izmir came in to sight at long last, we are now half way home, nightfall is around 10pm which means there is no chance of being home before dark, I really do not like riding in Turkey at night, its way too dangerous, we decided to get through Izmir then just carry on towards Aydin and then Mugla, find a quiet place and put the tent up. Izmir is a large busy city, the many building here trap the heat in and it was hot, damn hot.

We caught sight of a roadside temperature gauge and it read 44c the sweat was running down my back like a mountain stream and collecting in pools around my arse, then dripping down the inside of my legs and in to my shoes, the heat from the bikes engine didn’t help, I had to pull over and just ride in shorts for a while until we were out of the city.

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We had our first medical emergency in Izmir, Linda’s foot was now sunburned and painful, we had to pull over again and smear babies bum cream on her foot.

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On leaving Izmir a most pleasant surprise greeted us, the first piece of real highway we had seen all day, and it ran all the way to Aydin, three lanes, light traffic, so I opened the old girl up and blasted along.

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Passed Aydin it was back to half melted road and slow progress.

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We reached Mugla as night fall was descending, we were now only a couple of hours away from home so decided we might as well carry on even though we do not like riding at night here.

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We arrived back at the apartment before midnight, our tour is over, 24,500Km in  44 days with no accidents, bumps, scrapes, drops or mishap’s, just a sunburned foot and a blistered right hand !!

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THE END

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~ by travelswithmymotorbike on June 18, 2009.

13 Responses to “DAY 44 – HOME AT LAST”

  1. Well done Dave – what’a next?
    Did you really cover 24,500km? Tha’s going around the world twice!

    • Hi Nikos,

      Thanks for the well Dones mate 🙂 Nikos, the circumference of the Earth is over 40,000km, people who ride around the World clock up over 150,000km, some 300,000km, our little trip is only 550km per day average (340 miles) milage or put another way, just 4 hours per day on a motorway, it probably sounds a lot of milage but really its not when you ride every day, on two occasions during the trip we have done over 800km per day (500miles) again though thats not a lot.

      There is a competition amongst the motorcycle fraternity called IRON BUTTS, to qualify as a real biker you must ride 1,600km (1,000 miles) in a day, at 550km per day, Linda and I are but humble amatures lol…

    • Oops forgot to answer the what next Nikos ?

      One of the things I learned on the trip is that two people on a bike, day in day out is very hard on the pilot (Me) highways are easy but mountain twisties or manouvering around in a busy city all day is hard on the arms and shoulders, if I were 20 years younger or even fit, then perhaps it would be different. I plan other trips in the future but I want Linda to ride her own bike, I will buy her a bike in the next week or two, she can already ride but does not have enough experience to ride abroad, every month riding in Turkey (If you survive) is like 4 or 5 months riding in a Western country, she want to do this also.

      Cheers

      Dave…

  2. Oops Dave – That’s going around the world 1/2!

    From our first exploratory 800km trip ogether to Normandy last month I know what you mean about the pillion although I do love the shoulder massages! I wasn’t so keen on the side to side stuff at 140kph on the motorways – seemed to make the bike weave…Mrs Nikos does in fact own a bike and has a licence too. The former is being restored as I speak so we’ll see what happens in August!

    Have a good weekend, N

    • If you and Mrs Nikos enter IRON BUTTS dont forget to blog it lol……I cant imagine me ever achieving it…

  3. ROFL Dave

    FAT BUTTS is more our thing I’m sad to say.
    However I’ve just picked up the re-upholstured seat for my R15GS so I must have some bone near the surface.

    N

    • Hi Nikos,

      LOL……you must have clocked up some miles on your Beemer to wear the seat out..

      Cheers

      Dave…

  4. Hi Dave,
    Thank you for this travel that we read from here. Long way europe ends and welcome back.
    Baris…

    • Hi Baris,

      Thanks very much for the kind words, I really appreciate it……….So are you comming on the next trip??

      Baris, Teo said you will know where I can find a cheap Metzler for my poor bike, do you know any places in Fethiye ?

      Cheers

      Dave..

  5. Well done Dave, you have completed a great trip with no harm to yourself or your bike, you must be, and should be very proud of yourself.

    There appears to be so few congratulatory comments on your achievement, I would suspect, most of todays bikers and ‘internet bikers’ are either Sunday bikers or ‘wanna be’s and do not have the riding spirit in them, nor the experience that you have, and therefore do not understand just how well you did sir !

    Best regards

    Stan

    • Hi Stan,

      Very well observed mate…..of 700 comments on here only 4 people could be bothered to say, well done, Nikos,Baris,Wim and yourself. That translates to, 1 in the flesh friend, and 3 internet friends…..its the, in the flesh real family and friends who followed this from the begining that is disappointing really…such is life!!

      Cheers

      Dave..

  6. +1 on what Stan said…WELL DONE DAVE, you did a good job steering the old girl out of trouble.

    James

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