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 […]

Turkey Motorcycle Tour Days 49 to 51 – Aussies in Eceabat

16 September 2011 I’d expected to meet Aussies here. Probably three out of every four tourists staying in Eceabat are Aussies or Kiwis. Must be Oz/Kiwi overload on 25 April. I’d decided to stay at Hotel Crowded House. Seemed the right thing to do. Was a good place too and highly recommended. No sooner had […]

Turkey Motorcycle Tour Days 49 & 50 – I Made It!

14 September 2011 I’d always wanted to come here. Many Australian’s and Kiwi’s do. It’s almost like a pilgrimage. It was one of the main reasons for doing the Turkey motorcycle tour and I’d gotten there via the scenic route. At about 17:58 on Wednesday, the 14th of September I finally made it, after about […]

Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 48 – Çeşme

13 September 2011 The ride to Çeşme was a pleasant motorway blast of about 100km due west of İzmir with nice coastal views. İzmir is a big city, shrouded in a haze of pollution and humidity. As I escaped the city limits clear blue skies once again emerged, creating the perfect backdrop for the ocean and coastline. Çeşme is […]