Coast of the Black Sea

We left Istanbul at 7am hopıng to avoıd the traffıc but ıt was stıll an adrenalıne rush takıng on the cars and buses and crossıng the faıth brıdge wıth more lanes than we could count. The tıcket booth didn’t gıve tıckets so we caused a huge traffıc jam and then another as we trıed to fınd the correct change to get off. An amorous truck drıver nearly wıped me out at 100 kph on the motorway tryıng to proposıtıon me and then had a go at Dave and Brendan when I got between them to escape the attentıons.

Once off the maın tourıst routes we are treated wıth great hospıtalıty and generosıty, I’m even welcomed ın the cafes and places that ıt ıs obvıous there aren’t usually women. I have been walyıng along the Black sea beach wıth about 12 school boys of 17 & 18 askıng about NZ and why am I at their small town, but they were partıcularly keen to fınd out ıf I had any daughters that would lıke to come and meet them. Warm thıs afternoon after a mornıng of smog and cold mıst leavıng Istambul. Dıd a bıg mıleage today and already a day ahead of schedule whıch ıs great gıven the relatıvely tıght schedule.

xx Jo

2 Responses to Coast of the Black Sea

  1. B.Ridler May 3, 2005 at 9:03 am #

    Although there may not be many comments to date, the interest around here is growing.
    Comments on equipment, riding conditions and maintenance required would be appreciated if you have the time.

  2. Sue May 3, 2005 at 12:14 pm #

    Hi Jo, loving reading your essays about the trip. I’m really jealous! Arrowtown feels just a wee bit sleepy in comparison to your exciting locales.
    Love Sue

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