Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 55 – Split to Zadar

20 September 2011 Tuesday’s ride to Zadar was relatively straightforward. Follow the coast north west to Zadar. No borders or crossing coastal mountain ranges. It did start to rain as I checked out of the hotel in Split. No problems. Will have an espresso while I wait for it to clear. It wasn’t heavy rain […]

Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 54 – Mostar to Split

September 19 2011 It’s been some time since I had to deal with anything other than hot weather. No rain since Romania. The 10th of August was the last day I donned the wet weather gear. Two and a half wet days out 54 is not bad going really. But it was very humid on […]

Turkey Motorcycle Tour Days 53 & 54 – Mostar

18-19 September 2011 I made it into Mostar about 2130. Better late than never I say. I found a hotel near the old town. It looked ok so I checked in. Mostar is not quite Dubrovnik but any bed at the end of a long day in the saddle is welcome. It was not that […]

Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 53 – The Route to Croatia (Part 5)

18 September 2011 There was no point feeling sorry for myself although I wanted to. All my concentration was needed to navigate the single track road to make it back to the main highway towards Mostar. Just before the highway I stopped at a restaurant in the small town of Ravno. I asked about petrol […]

Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 53 – The Route to Croatia (Part 4)

18 September 2011 I’ve never heard it said that all roads lead to Dubrovnik. Rome maybe. In the UK there are about a zillion London Roads headed to the country’s capital. And I can confirm that very few roads lead to Dubrovnik, especially from Bosnia and Hercegovina (BIH). The paper map showed there was one […]

Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 53 – The Route to Croatia (Part 3)

18 September 2011 As always on this Turkey Motorcycle Tour, the plan was simple. Skirt around the eastern edge of the Bay of Kotor and then reconnect with the coastal highway, cross the border into Croatia and stay a night or two in Dubrovnik. After following the bay coastline for some distance the road started […]

Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 53 – The Route to Croatia (Part 2)

18 September 2011 Montenegro hid its splendour from me at first. Roads were not quite as good as Albania and the air quality remained poor. Blue skies were nowhere to be seen. But gradually it started to reveal itself to me. The rugged coastline at first. The the beaches and resort towns. And it has […]

Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 53 – The Route to Croatia (Part 1)

18 September 2011 This had been a dilemma for me even when planning the trip. I was still undecided on my arrival in Skopje. There were two basic choices: via Albania or Kosovo. I’d been recommended a route through Kosovo prior to leaving London. My insurance didn’t cover me there though. I was apprehensive about […]

Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 52 – Skopje to Ohrid

17 September 2011 Saturday’s run from Skopje to Ohrid was relatively short with a fair bit of Macedonian motorways to get to the country’s most popular destination. So I decided to take the scenic route via Debar which was a little longer and skirted the Albanian border. Before setting out I took a short walk […]

Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 51 – Record Mileage Today!

16 September 2011 It was my highest mileage day out of the 51 days I’ve been away. In fact I did about 450 miles (725 km) today. My previous best on my Turkey motorcycle tour was 415 miles. And it seemed too easy. Can you tell I left Turkey today? I did have a short […]