THE LAST RIDE……

I sold my bike on Friday, but due to lengthy inefficient Turkish bureaucracy  we could not finish the paperwork in a whole day (No joke) so I kept the bike and the buyer kept his money.

We will have a stab at the title transfer paperwork again next week, as luck would have it, our neighbour Denise phoned early this morning and invited us out for a picnick along with Phyllis and Jemera……Brillient, a last chance for a little ride about on the Old girl, we just went to one of our local beaches about 15 minutes away.

Instead of all going in Denise’s car, both Linda an I took our bikes.

The new handlebar bag we made last week worked a treat, it’s now much easier to pick up and put down the camera quickly.

Denise led the way, we were firstly calling in at one of the new hotels where she is the Manager, then going on to Sarigerme beach.

The Alinn Boutique Hotel Sarigerme is where she works, the hundreds of tourists don’t arrive for another ten days yet, so we had the place to ourselves. The Alinn is a 5 Star all-inclusive hotel serving gourmet food.

We stopped a while and had a coffee, nice friendly staff, there’s just a skeleton crew on at the moment, the main body of hotel workers will arrive next week before the guests  descend by the plane load.

There are magnificent views everywhere from the Alinn hotel over Sarigerme bay.

I tried to get myself in at least one photo, but failed.

The view back towards the hotel is equally as good, it’s a very pretty looking building.

Leaving the hotel to head to the nearby beach, poor Montie suffered a catastrophic failure, his gear lever rather embarrassingly  fell off…..The retaining bolt had sheared off!!

One of the Security guards came over, took a look, then went off to find the maintenance man and borrow a hand full of various sized nuts and bolts.

The Security guard came back and bolted the gear lever back on….Supervised by the Ladies!!

All fixed, we headed off to the beach for a picnic.

Easter is  still early in the tourist season, so its easy to get a table at Sarigerme beach, next month it will be full of people down here.

Denise and Phyllis brought enough food for ten people, after eating I had a walk along the beach leaving the girls chatting.

Next Denise suggested we take a look at the festival on the way home that was celebrating the 75th anniversary of Ataturk Bridge.

Happy 75th anniversary, the bridge not Linda….Then its was back to Denise’s other house for tea with her parents, and more food.

A nice end to a nice day….And I got another ride on the Transalp!!

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~ by travelswithmymotorbike on April 4, 2010.

25 Responses to “THE LAST RIDE……”

  1. You were bowled a googly there, does anything ever go smoothly out there LOL

    Very nice looking hotel like a fairy tale castle, at least you got another ride!!

    Stan

    • Hi Stan,

      A queer pitch for sure, but hopefully can bowel the Maiden over next week lol……We start the paperwork (sigh) again 09.30 Monday morning, with a whole week ahead of us we stand a chance of completing a simple title transfer lol…..

      Cheers,

      Dave…..

  2. What a beautiful beach…and right on your doorstep, I can see why you continue to put up with the difficulties over there. A lovely place with lovely friends.

    • Hi Donna,

      Yes Turkey really is a beautiful country and we have some good friends here, its good to be reminded of that sometimes 🙂

      Cheers,

      Dave….

  3. Poor Monties falling to bits….and you’ve not even taken him off road yet lol. Pretty place where you live mate!!

    • Hi Rob,

      Montie will be fine once I get my hands on him next week, soon turn him in to a kick-ass enduro machine lol…

      Cheers,

      Dave…..

  4. Lets hope the bureaucracy doesn’t leave you Caught out LBW lol

    • Hi Stan,

      Got my pads and box on lol…..Finished the last bit of silly pre-paperwork ready for the paperwork to begin, we’re all set for title transfer tomorrow lol…

      Cheers,

      Dave….

  5. Dave:

    glad you managed another ride to a deserted beach. it looks beautiful there. happy also that it was just a minor repair to get Montie mobile again.

    bob
    bobskoot: wet coast scootin

    • Hi Bob,

      Yep tis pretty here mate, there are some quieter more remote beaches we use when all the tourists come…I’ve just got to see if I can fit some knobbie tyres to Montie first lol.

      Cheers,

      Dave….

      • HANG ON NOW JUST HANG ON THERE MR, No knobbly tyres no off roading I can see are going to have to go and buy yourself a Montie of your own!!!!

  6. Sarigerme beach looks nice without all the tourists on it!!!!

    • Hi Auntie Bev,

      Yes it does, its really nice….There are a few tourists here now for Easter, not too many but we have seen them sunbathing and in their swimming pools and in the sea Brrrrrrr…..Most days we still have jackets and long trousers on!!

      Cheers,

      Dave…..

  7. How come I’ve only just found your blog? You’ve obviously been here in Turkey for a while, I’ve been here since 2004. What a shame you have to sell it, a Transalp was my goal when I came here but funds and the need to shift bags of cement meant a different choice of transport. All power to your elbow. Chris

    • Hi Chris,

      Welcome, I’ve been here since 2005….I know what you mean about Transalps and bags of cement, any more than 2 bags on the back seat and they slide off lol. I’m Just going to ride out (Pardon the pun) these new residency restrictions and see what happens here over the coming months, rolled back, stay the same, or get worse…….As you live here also, you will understand the weirdness lol.

      Cheers,

      Dave….

  8. Dave:

    When you change over to the knobby tires you’ll have to get your Vlog machine started up again then get home and wash it really quickly before Linda notices.

    How about a dual sport, perhaps TW200, or DRZ 400 ? Can you get them cheap over there ?

    bob
    bobskoot: wet coast scootin

    • Hi Bob,

      Yep, soon as I figure out how/where to mount a camera, a new hard edged Montie will appear on video!!

      Cheap is not really a word people use in Turkey anymore Bob, as for bikes/cars if its imported (Most are) it starts life with 100% import duty added on and never gets ”Cheap” as we would know it in the West for old vehicles. There are some local made bikes ie..parts from China but nailed together here, they are cheap….I’ve had a few of then here in the past.

      I dont mind them at all, quite happy to have another but they are very high maintenance, bits are forever falling off, the electrics are the same as Christmas lights and the paint and chrome is only good for about a year….They are cheap and good fun though…as long as you keep a bag of screws, nuts and bolts with you at all times lol.

      Cheers,

      Dave….

  9. Dave…How did the paperwork go today, still got the bike?????

    • PAPERWORK DAY 2

      Yep, met Theo at the traffic police HQ first thing this morning again, not knowing what to expect. The same Sargent was there again, we explained that a not needed pre-zero from some number was missing and the Notary would not approve the Rusat (Title) The Sargent couldn’t believe it, he also new the pre-zeros were not necessary as every one does, apart from the old mental notary guy lol

      He phoned notary guy, had a heated exchange then wrote in big letters the number complete with all the pre-zeros by hand on my rusat…Theo questioned weather hand writing was acceptable on a rusat, so the Sargent inked a couple of pretty looking official stamps and stamped some on my rusat with more signatures.

      when we got back to town we telephoned the buyer, who very much still want the bike but it was too late in the morning now, he has a 5 hour bus journey from Izmir to here and he would not reach us untill 4pm leaving only 1 hour to do a title transfer. One hour is impossible here to do a title transfer LOL with manual type writers (Remember them) and a very slow old man Notary LOL…..We decided to try it tomorrow…Day 3 of paperwork lol…its very important to keep ones sense of humour here lol…

      Just so you can understand Stan…..If we do the title transfer from the town where the vehicle normally lives, the paperwork is faster and simpler HA,Ha,Ha

      Cheers,

      Dave…..

  10. LMAO…and they want to join Europe lol

    • …The modernisation programme still has a little way to run lol…

      Cheers,

      Dave….

  11. LOl thanks for explaining, if you didn’t laugh you’d cry. Is it the same carry on for property??

    Stan

    • Hi Stan,

      No, the property title transfer is much more complex, 3 to 12 months, IF NOTHING GOES WRONG….It was streamlined a couple of years back, then it used to take 1 to 2 years….There is talk of streamlining it again to do away with the military background checks on foreigners.

      Cheers,

      Dave….

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