Turkije: op de motor langs de Zwarte Zee naar Istanbul.

Turkije: op de motor langs de Zwarte Zee naar Istanbul.


I’m now in Turkey, just crossed the border here. It’s about 15 degrees Celcius, perfect weather, sunny. Now get a local sim card and some Turkish money and I’m all ready for it. I’m going to drive along the Black Sea to Istanbul. Just keep the sea on my right and the mountains on my left and I’ll arrive there automatically. It is new year’s eve and it is just past 12 o’clock, But unfortunately everybody forgot about the music, the oliebollen (deep-fried dough balls) and the fireworks So yesterday my clutch cable broke. I managed to remove a piece of the outer cover, and I connected it again. When I’m in Istanbul I have to get a new clutch cable. It was already dark when I finished the clutch cable, so found a camping spot right here. I went down a short muddy trail. which I can’t get up again. So I’m looking for a good path to get back to the road. Now going to try that way, also muddy, feeling a little bit exciting. And I hear you think: “you should not do this on street tires”. De choice for street tires was because I mainly ride on asphalt and street tires last longer on asphalt. And new tires are hard to come by far-away-stan-countries. But, if I would do it again, I would try a tire with more profile. I did not expect I would succeed, but I did anyway, Nice! I’m out of the mud and got invited to have some mandarins with this family. Really nice of them! From their own garden! Because of my clutch cable I take the shortest route, which is more land inwards. It’s late and I’m cold so I choose a random hotel nearby. The receptionist tells me that I’m the first foreign guest. Strange, considering the large number of foreign tourists in Turkey. Later I thought: no Japanese ever visits Appelscha (Dutch village) Every country has its own destinations that only domestic tourist go to. I’m entering Istanbul and the battery of my phone, which I also use to navigate, is almost empty, and it has a charging problem. So I have to navigate on compass and my sense of direction. But every time I take an exit the road turns into the wrong direction. Eventually I made it to the hotel. Looking at Google Maps I see the difficulty. If you want to go from A to B: Then the blue line is the shortest route. Then you have a problem navigating on a compass. I mean a challenge, We don’t think in problems here. I’m now in my hotel room in Istanbul. Through the whole City you you here this “Allāhu akbar” –thing I spoke to a young woman of about 23 years old, who stopped with her religion. And every time she heard this she felt guilty that she did not practice the religion anymore. And I think this is the reason of the speaker on the mosques. To keep the sheep with the flock. It took two weeks, but my packet from the Netherlands arrived. With a new rear tire and motorcycle parts. I also had to pay 40 euro’s to the mail man, They always make up some tax to get extra money. So, time to tinker. Here my new visor for my helmet, and you see during the daytime it is not a big difference, But if you are watching into the street lights at night… Look, new, old… Then these little scratches make a big difference. Repaired a number of things… Just when you want to say something this guy starts whining again. Repaired a number of things: new rear tire.. It had a crack, with which I drove for about 5000km. New rear brake pads, nice to be able to use the rear brake again. A new second hand brake cylinder, hope this stops the leakage. New switch at the brake so this light can turn off again. And most striking: my beautiful cover gloves. Well, Not beautiful, but useful it is. Turkey was the last country in which truck drivers wanted to have a talk with me. A little drive and I’m at the border of this and the next video.

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