July 26, 2010
Dogubayazid was a good place for me, back to sleeping in a tent. It was a nice place and cozy, you guys have seen the pictures by now. With hot shower and clean toilet and good host.
Early morning i went up to Nemrut Dagi. This is the place where the ancient ruins located. Go Google. According to the map it’s about 500km. So I guess if I start at 7, I should be there by about 6 the most. Bikes of any capacity in Turkey can’t be more than 78kmh on the road. In a way it will save my fuel since fuel in Turkey is more than USD2/ litre. Phew. This bike runs about 35km a liter with full fuel uphill riding I guess I can make about 140km tops full tank.
Too bad it was wrong data on the map. The range is more and I dont have GPS. I reached the jetty point right after the ferry left. Duhhh. And it was already 9.10 at night. Now I have to find a place to sleep. Went to ask for hotel at a petrol pump nearby and the owner got so excited to see a tourist on a small bike. He offered his sofa at the petrol pump for me to put up a night. Good shower and chai on the house and I slept like a baby in safe hands. Couldn’t do much talking with the owner because of the language barrier but sign language helps a lot.
Sunrise and time to ride again. Reached the jetty point and waited for the ferry. It was only 15 mins ride if u take the ferry. 5 Lira and I set foot on the other end. If I chose to ride, it’ll be another 160 km and few hour on the road. Fuel saved. On the way up the Mountain I met another overlanders, Italian couple.
“You make me feel so small and nothing”, thats the first word that came out from Stefano. He is riding a Trans alp, a big bike. And touring Turkey and Eastern Europe, he thinks I am another crazy Italian on a moped. What made he thinks I am Italian? Well, it’s the boxes that Lil G carries. They are made in Italy, can be easily recognised from far.
E-mail exchanged and we will try to meet up in Italy soon.
Found a place to camp in this nice and cozy place close to the top of the mountain with a wonderful view and quiet. Tent piched annd I head up to the Nemrut Dagi.
Enjoy the pic.
Kinda tiring walk to the top. This is what happen when u ride for so long and less exercise. Need to walk a lot when u have the opportunity. View from the top is superb, enjoy the pic. Few good hours spent enjoying the view and I met this guy from Saudi Arabia at the parking lot.
He just got back from Kuala Lumpur 3 days ago and now he is here. Taking his summer break riding and touring Turkey. Had some good chat and I went down while he is heading north to the black sea coast.
Back to my camp and this place has a free internet, and a wifi too. Isn’t that wonderful!? Updated my blog and FB. Some laundry done and there I was sitting in front of the PC not realizing that it rain suddenly out there. There goes my laundry and they were all wet. My tent is a bit damp. Hmmm…it’s just a sign that I need to have another day here to enjoy the internet and dry all my stuff.
Heading to Capadoccia tomorrow.
Have a good week ahead ppl.