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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/30/2013 7:00 PM
This was a lazy start for the day although I woke up early and had breakfast as well.

Left hotel Pamukkale around 10:00 and started riding towards Antalya. Nothing special planned for this day except to get into Antalya early to see the place where we would spend the next two weeks.

Did not stop on the way, just rode through fastest route that my Zumo 660 was showing. And some three hours later I was in Antalya.

To find hotel was not that easy, Kaleici – Antalya’s Old Town – had really complex roads and took few trials to find the hotel. My GPS was totally lost when driving these tiny streets between houses, but eventually I did find the correct place, got my GSA parked and to the Ninova Pension.



Arriving into Ninova Pension in Antalya Old Town Kaleici.



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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/29/2013 10:20 PM
Day started early again, I woke up way before breakfast time and had everything packed and ready to be carried to bike before I got something to eat.

After having breakfast I quickly carried everything to the bike and paid hotel, we were set with Stefan to 08:00 ferry from Eceabat to Canakkale on Asia side of Turkey.

Stefan also showed up as agreed, but he has second thoughts on which route to take to Istanbul and he had decided not to take the ferry but instead drive there directly. So it was time for us to say good bye and hope to see again somewhere.

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So I headed to ferry alone and got there just on time after riding some 100 m or so, ticket was 10 TL for the bike and me.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/28/2013 10:14 PM
This was they day to start transit towards Antalya, Turkey. Not much smaller roads planned as I decided to skip Macedonian gravels roads and try what happens on Turkey border. On 2011 we got speeding ticket which we were not able to pay at the time. So just in case, head to the border on Friday after noon, if there are any issues I could still take care of them in good time.

At first I thought that this was my whole breakfast in hotel Villa Diamond, Bitola.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/27/2013 10:11 PM
Had my doubts how this morning would go at the hotel when I got to the breakfast. Same guy was not working there in the morning with whom I agreed the hotel price and it looked like there was nobody else at the breakfast either, so again I was the only guest in the house…

But no worries, I got breakfast and when I was leaving got also to pay the room and dinner and price was agreed. I had even my water bag filled with really cold water from their tap in the bar. Excellent!

Next thing was to find fuel. First fuel station I went did not have any fuel, only coffee available. Next one had, but card was no-go, so needed to bargaining. Finally got the price agreed that I would get 25 liters with 30€ and I was ready to go.

Day started with 100km excellent curvy mountain road with newly done asphalt on it.

And then it started again. The Road.

In the very beginning I had my first occasion to take out my tools, right side mirror got loose again (last time this happened in Georgia 2011…)....
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/26/2013 10:10 PM
Got an early breakfast, packed bike and on the road again.

I headed through mountains again, really small nice paved road running through very green forest area. Yes, videos will follow soon…

It was about 80 km in two hours and I reached small border crossing Vermosh to Albania in the north. Border activities went smoothly, there was nobody else at the border when I arrived.

On Albania side road started as gravel road, but soon turned into paved one which was full of dust, sand and rocks. Needed to be extra careful while driving.

And this ended very soon as well and then started some really bad road which lasted some 60 km and it took almost three hours to ride this through. And this was the main road out from this area… Not much other traffic came across or needed to pass by.

After this I should have had my first special route, but beginning of it looked really too small for me to ride alone so after thinking two seconds I decided to skip it and go via bigger roads to next one.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/25/2013 9:05 PM
I woke up really early, 05:00 local time as my mind is still on Finnish time zone… And I figured this out when I went to pickup my bike from garage at 05:30 and wondering why everything is so quiet…

Anyhow, got breakfast right after 06:00 – a good one in this Hotel Elegance – and I was again ready for the road.

Checkout from the hotel tool longer than expected. Receptionist started asking where I was going and once she figured that out there was all the information from the route I was taking. I was glad that some of those roads that she mentioned was already on my plan, good to hear from someone local where to go!

But finally I was out from hotel and started driving towards Montenegro.

Did not take that long until it became obvious that this day was going to be an rainy one, so just after I got out from the city, rain gears on . Well, what can you do: When it rains, then you just drive in the rain.

Could be better.

Again I had some special routes selected and this took...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/24/2013 9:59 PM
This was an early morning for me, weather forecast was promising some 39 degrees for this day so better to take it early in order to be able to drive at least some hours in better temperatures.

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Other bikers...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/23/2013 10:40 PM
Early breakfast at this nice little hotel that I finally got into after the missed hotel that I had originally booked.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/22/2013 10:51 PM
I was leaving from Hotel Bratislava a bit later, my recovery operation from yesterdays drive was still on-going… but packing started quite early and I found my bike in same place & condition as I left it.

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By Ilpo Juvander on 6/21/2013 10:34 PM
I could barely sleep during the night as I was waiting already when to get On The Road again!

But morning came and I was carrying rest of the stuff into the bike while waiting Harri to arrive.

We took off 08:00 in the morning and headed towards Vaalimaa using almost direct route, except one detour at the end to see this last bits of Kuninkaantie between Hamina and Vaalimaa.

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At Vaalimaa border on Russian side we also witnessed a car crash: One Russian car jumped not once, twice but three times to another Russian car and then everything was totally...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/19/2013 9:01 PM

All packing and preparations are now over, next is few hours of sleep and in the morning 08:00 is the start of this Adventure.

I will be having companion GSA rider to escort me for few hundred kilometers through Russian, but most of the journey it will be just me and my GSA.

Next entry from Kiev, Ukraine.

By Ilpo Juvander on 6/18/2013 9:52 PM
Almost managed to pack everything into bike, some small adjustments but pretty much all I was planning to take with me is going to fit.

Compared to last year, this time I need to take camping gears as well. There are couple of days when I'm in the areas where it would be really hard to find any hotel so I have now a backup.

Tomorrow I will still need to pack my so called hotel bag which has all the needed stuff for that purpose and also finalize rest of the smaller ones like snacks, video equipment etc.

First leg looks like this, some 1900...
By Ilpo Juvander on 6/16/2013 6:49 PM

As so many times before, I will be using SPOT for tracking and emergency device.

Public url to see where I am is this.

Link will be activated when I leave and is delayed by 24 hours.