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05. May 2009 — Sightseeing in Istanbul

So after all the bike stuff sorted yesterday, today was sightseeing in Istanbul. As usual it took me a while to get going. Had breakfast in a small cafe close to the hotel and then got on to the Metro. I have to say public transport is light years ahead of Dublin.

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 05/05 at 08:19 PM
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06. May 2009 — Heading for the Black Sea

Took my sweet time getting ready. So came to the parking lot where my bike was parked and the guy points to his watch basically saying “what kind of time do you call this?” Apparently the bike was in the way and they were about to heave it to a different spot with the crane from the construction site next door…

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 05/06 at 09:00 PM
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07. May 2009 — Along the Black Sea

Weather was glorious when I got up around 8am. After making a coffee I started working on the bike. Took the rear wheel out, let the air out of the tire so I would be able to change the nut holding the spoke. Took some effort to break the bead of the tire and it was pretty fiddly to get the spoke nut in. Took a little more than an hour to get the bike ready…

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 05/07 at 09:02 PM
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08. May 2009 — Further on towards Trabzon

So staid in this Bungalow (more like a garden shed) and the price included breaky. So set of after that and the road continued like yesterday - twisty bits but the surface was still bad. Was thinking about stopping for tea and a smoke when coming out of one of those small villages I see the Jandarma (local police) with a traffic control…

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 05/08 at 06:04 AM
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09. May 2009 — On the Ferry to Sochi

Breaky in the hotel and getting on the road by 10:30.So same road - people just flooring it thru towns and villages. I now know why the guy at the petrol station in Greece said the Georgian guys transferring cars from Germany (recognizable by the German export plates) are the worse. Those guys would do 110 - 120 thru town. Ok, it was still a 3 lane road but there where people crossing the road - well more sprinting across….

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Posted by Marko Hauke on 05/09 at 06:25 AM
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