A different type of hotel

Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Truckstop Cafe

Flag of Turkey  , Amasya,
Sunday, March 20, 2011

20 March 2011

Woke up early this morning feeling decidedly ill. Must have been the salad last night. Very nice Shepherds salad, to go with the lamb chops and a coke. No beer on the menu, this is a Muslim country and were weren't prepared to go into confrontation. Hoever as we finished our meal, a guy came and sat at a table near us and ordered a beer, without any problems! As I said, must have been the salad - and we had been warned  not to eat any salads as you dont know  how well they have been washed. So I guess its my fault,, and I'm not going into any more details.

Set off today in some trepidation over the wheel studs. Martin drove most of the day, not sure whether that's in sympathy oveer my being ill, or over concern for my driving and his studs! Stopped off at lunch time for petrol, and as usual we had a great crowd of admirers, who spoke no English. The usual questions, what make, how old, look under the bonnet, etc. When I paid for the petrol the owner gave mee 3 mats/wipes with the name of his garage. We get accepted everywhere, just like whichever credit card it is. I digress.
carried on driving, the roads vary from amazingly good, equivalent to out M1 but without the roadworks or traffic, to amazingly bad, potholed and rough. We are on a main road, dual carriageway, but not the Autoroute.
Had a guy pass us, then slow down to take a photo. Well, had that MANY times, but this guy kept on passing us and then slowing down. Real pain. Eventually we lost him.
Pulled into a laybye which had water available. Martin got out his plastic bucket and started to wash the car. Doesn't an English gentleman always wash his car on a Sunday? Any way, the guy who passed us came in behind us and wanted to ask all the usual questions. Eventually he left. I drove the rest of the way, and here we are in Merizifon. Stopped at a truckers hotel, which looked a dive, so went on the the next one and booked in. This one is a dive! Still, only TL20 a night each, about 15 total bill. Bet it doesnt include breakfast! And avoid the salads!

Distance 265miles, av speed 39.8 max speed 57.9

Martin's moment:
Well what a difference a day makes. Yesterday I was exhausted by efforts in driving and then trying to both keep up with dervish who was attacking wheel stud replacements and second guess what he was going to do next, knowing that he would never have seen a BSF thread or realise that nearside hub nuts on pre-war Morris' undo the wrong way. Slept for 7 hours and did not want to get up. Raining again. I will have to fix those wipers - that'll stop the rain. Street scene changed from sprawling roadside small workshop units to open countryside with just a hint of agriculture and farming. Roger gone from light green to white and working his way towards a gentle terracotta. I think he is going to make it.
Still plenty of high rise developments Soviet style. Reminds me of a drive through North Prague.But here somebody found the yellow paint pot.And the pink,and blue and...Road repairers use humans instead of cones.Probably serves a number of needs.Some are usefully employed in waving a red flag in a desultory fashion whilst using either their mobile phone or is it an intercom to the previous red flag waver? Petrol/Benzine an outrageous price if I could understand it.We reckon about 1.70 alitre.A big improvement on yesterday.Feeling hopeful again.Booked in to a roadside truckers hotel.Seems a shame road builders missed it when flattening out the area.As Roger pointed out,price is good.Bad news is that we only have 40 Turkish Lira left.If its not enough for dinner and breakfast we will attempt to use Euros.If that doesn't work I'll sell Roger - he looks more like a monarch than I do.Just seen on telly that Istanbul is celebrating the Persian New Year.Confused between these images and those of West going in to Libya.Why?I think we know why.What is happening in Japan?Just noticed Hillary Clinton is smaller than Sarkosy.Who would have thought it?World seems to have gone mad since we left UK.Hope you are all there when we get back.
And Abdullah? Well I have not got enough verses for  next 7 weeks so I will keep you waiting once more dear reader.Time  to introduce a new character.But I'm sure most of you have recognised it by now.
Its difficult not to have sympathy with Gaddafy's character.If we are bewildered by world's reaction to supposed human rights violations in Libya when we have stood by and seen Africans and Europeans die by the hundreds of thousands - he looks like some of us feel. No just give us a major power (preferably one with strategic importance) like Libya and the Falklands and we'll show you how hard we are.
Back soon. M  
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Pats Sampson on

Martin, PLEEEEZE will you publish the whole of your "travel Ode" when you have finished your trip :)

Will it be another Canterbury Tale?

Peter (Moggerhanger) on

Glad to see your political and philosophical musings are up to their usual high standard. Please try to avoid generating any friction with the locals, as we don't have enough troops to fight 3 wars !!! Good luck in the "Stans".

Pats Sampson on

Arrrgh I'm such a (used to be) Blonde , Went back to read from the beginning and see what the ode is, did Kipling write it? ;-)

alison on

gettimg a bit worried about you Martin, you are beginning to ramble,Maybe withdrawal symptoms from lack of alcohol Don`t sell Roger off yet`food suplies might get low! Don`t forget you`ve got the SeanConnery look alike to fall back on.Keep up the good work.

Fiona on

Martin! You promised to bring Dad back safe! that does not include selling him to pay for your dinner
Dad, Alison's right Martin dles look a bit like Sean Connery, sell him!!!!

Love you both

Chris on

Very impressed with your progress. Now you have the difficult part ahead. Sorry to hear Roger has been ill. No lettuces east of the Bosphorous!

Emily on

Hope you feel better Roger. Sounds like you have had a better day today. Mum has just told me you have left your famous grey/green coat at a truck stop?! I can't honestly believe it- I had my name down for that. Just wait until Daniel finds out!
Can't you get it posted?

Emily on

PS. Pictures successfully put on wall with potato masher. Worked a treat



Daniel on

What grey/green coat?

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