BODRUM & EPHESUS

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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~ by travelswithmymotorbike on January 8, 2015.

14 Responses to “BODRUM & EPHESUS”

  1. Is this you back again?.. Missed reading about your exploits and missadventures 🙂

    • Hiya,

      These are old trips that never made it to the blog, lost pics or just forgot, but yeah I think I will get me a set of wheels this summer!

      Cheers,

      Dave…

  2. How wonderful Dave to see your pictures again, I see in my e-mail you’ve posted a few these past couples of days, please keep it up your story’s and photos always brighten up my lunch hour.

    Are you going to purchase another bike and continue the blogging again, I do hope you do!!!!!!

    Hubby and I managed to get away together for a week in France last year, I know what you mean now about a sat nav being essential in France HaHa.

    Eva

    • Hi Eva, theres been a lot of changes here in the past 6 months, I now have the time to do other things and was thinking of a bike this summer, fingers crossed 🙂

      Cheers,

      Dave…

  3. that sunburn looks painful lol

  4. Hi Dave,
    Found your blog some time back and hoped you might start posting again, love the pics, looks sunnier there than here in Canada, you gotta get another Transalp man!!

    • Hi Craig,

      Thanks for the kind words, yep a Transalp is on the short list,I’m still undecided at this stage but the classic 600 models are cheap and plentiful here compared to when I was in Turkey:)

      Cheers,

      Dave…

  5. Got any iseas what bike yet, another Alp??

    • Maybe, bikes are cheaper here than in Turkey when I last bought one and given the crappy roads in this part of the World the “Adventure” class of bikes will be more suited than ordinary road bikes…At the minute my mind has a shortlist of….

      Classic 600cc Transalp
      the 650cc Transalp I had in Turkey
      750cc rd07 Africa Twin
      650cc Yamaha Dragstar

  6. The classic Alp, arnt they getting quite old now, is to have a tinkering progect?

    • Hi James,

      No I dont really want too much of a tinkering project, I’ve no tools or anything here, the classic Alp is cheap and only 5 HP less than the one I used to have, it would have to be in the “Right” colours though, Alps look best (For some reason) in silver, Africa twins and Dragstars look best in Black.

      Cheers,

      Dave..

  7. Go for the classic alp, engine should still be good and if theres any little niggles probably electrics and wheel bearings it can be sorted out cheaply enough I would think, then you’d have a classic bike with cult status but still ridable and useful.

    • Hi Stan,

      I dont want to have too much to do on a bike, its a bit different here than Turkey, there isnt the number of mechanic shops about and I dont understand electrics at all, I’ve got a mate who knows electrics but I dont want to over bother him too much with it. Making racks and panniers is going to be difficult here for the same reasons.

      Cheers,

      Dave..

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