A false phoenix

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

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Dedeman Rize
Read my review - 1/5 stars

Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Black Sea Coast,
Monday, March 21, 2011

Had breakfast in the "hotel". Amazingly good, considering the state of the bathrooms. The breakfast was a frying pan of fried eggs, sizzling hot but a bit too salty, bread, olives cheese and coffee. All for 15TL, about 6 for both.
Would have set off more quickly, but for the gang of Kyrgyzstan lorry drivers who gathered round, wanting to discuss our route, theirs and of course the car. Very friendly bunch.
Had a normal type day, would have started with fixing the windscreen wipers, but it was raining and we didnt fancy getting wet.Lovely scenery, but difficult to describe. Stopped off for petrol, and were were offered a coffee as well. Then the staff all gatehred round for photos, questions. Just as we were about to leave the padron came up, so it all started again!

Stopped off to get some more Turkish Lira as we were running short. First bank couldnt help, but directed me to an HSBC. They couldnt help, but told me to use the ATM! There I was expecting to have to produce my passport.
Went outside and found a proper parking place, which we manoeuvered the car into with the help of some (many) locals. They offered to show us where to go for lunch. Had a kebab type meal, meat with salad (which I just tasted, no more). Given a cup of tea. We seem to be plyed with free tea and coffee whereever we go!
Headed out along the Black Sea, and almost made it to where we should be stopping. We are now 2 days ahead of scehdule, which is comforting, time for delays, resting or repairs wont have dire consequences.
I was driving in continuous rain, cant see properly, wipers have to be operated by hand, luckily not that much traffic. Booked into the first hotel we found. Expensive, and quite frankly it annoys me that the service and all is so low! Food wasnt that good, cold plates.I wonder who stays here, the car park is full, but there dont appear to be many guests.

Mileage 317 Av speed 37.7  max speed 57.9

Martin's (melancholy) moment
We'll come to melancholy in a bit but first the next instalment of our saga:

"There were heroes in plenty,good men known to fame
In the army then led by the Czar"

Time for a new character to appear - stay faithful dear reader.

So last night was spent in the largest public toilet in Turkey.Even in my sleep I was seeing cracked ceramic tiles and loo seats falling off the pan - yours truly was displaced at an early hour.There were two washrooms,each with mixer taps.Only the left hand tap works in the right hand bathroom and the right hand tap in the left.Either way there was no hot water until I discovered the cattle washer in the corner.
We set up home in one three bedded room only to be moved later on to another when Lurch discovered that the gurgling sound coming from our radiators did not bring heat with the noise.But the kindly soul did give us a cup of coffee for our troubles.For 10 per night it was fair value.Why three bedded rooms?
Melancholy? I discovered after 83 miles on that I had left my faithful jacket behind - bought it with Polly last century.I get sentimental about such things.Still decided not to return - 160 mile round trip would take up rest of day.Only thing in pockets (I think) were spare car keys.Still - there is a spare set in England (and America).No doubt we'll find a key cutter here.
Put a bit more air in Stanley's tyres - upped the back to 35.Should reduce drag a bit and help manouvreability (man over ability?)
Staying in swish hotel tonight (second time I've typed this bit - last one seemed to vanish from screen).Charges in US Dollars and is boil in the bag replica of a European business hotel.Romada type.Washed my knicks and hung them in bathroom.Luxury.
Everywhere we stop we end up with crowds gathered - what age car,what value?Where you come from,where you go?Is a holiday or you go round and round.?
We did get a free coffee at a petrol station.Now thats a thing.Huge overstaffed petrol stations everywhere.Goodness knows how they survive but 95 Octane is about 2 per litre,so maybe there is a lot of profit.
Most petrol stations have mosques nearby and we hear them calling faithful at all hours.Some structures look hugely expensive and their number must place quite a cost on the community.Are they schools as well?Maybe they own the petrol stations.
I haven't told you about tonight's ballroom singer - yes he is here and certainly worth seeing the look on Roger's face when he realised that this little gem rounded off his total disappointment with the hotel. Rained all day but dry in here.

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Emily on

I too am traumatised by news of the loss of the jacket. I didn't realise you bought it with Polly. It's the youngest looking old coat I've ever seen.
Well Martin, you're getting into the swing of writing- your entries are getting longer and longer. Keep it up, it's very entertaining and interesting.

Enjoy the clean knicks. Night night

Barbara Goss on

Really enjoying the tale of your journey. I have to say that I am full of admiration - had aa little bet with myself about how far you would get... and I lost!

Jemma on

Dad, you have just made me laugh so much I had to pretend I was having a coughing fit in the office. There were tears. The little luxuries that mean so much!!!
Please tell me you still have the red coat!!!
Polly, I think you can adopt that as your own what with its newspaper ink and oil design.
Hope Roger is feeling better.

Mary on

"what age car,what value?Where you come from,where you go?Is a holiday or you go round and round.?"

My favourite bit of the blog so far! Hahahahahaha am also spluttering at my desk, Jemma. Thanks for the good-humoured melancholy, Martin. Do tell more about this ballroom singer, sounds like a night to remember?!



Polly on

I remember buying that jacket. Clintons I believe, and you tried to get a discount if you paid in cash. I hate to say it, but I think that jacket is over 15 years old. Luckily dad we purchased another jacket last year in TK Maxx. That was also green, or was it brown? I think leaving it behind could be part of the clearing out process. are the windscreen wippers on a piece of string? Keep those chins up

alison on

Ididn`t realise that the flipping green jacket would cause so much heartache! more tears are beng spilt about that than all the other blips put together.I`m glad you are being positive about it Polly but if you need to fill a gap we still have the red coat which must be twice as old .See Josh for confirmation. Do tell us more about singer Roger , maybe a duet to finish off the evening?Hope it stops raining tomorrow- its very dry here, Polly had to water her garden.Pics of the lovely scenery?

Sara on

Isaac (age 2, for those who don't know!) was explaining to his friend Vasilis (age 2) about Gramp's adventure today- very funny!! Apparently you're going to have a very good adventure but you're not going to be back for tea on Sunday. But probably very soon though. Was aided by Vasilis' Greek Cypriot mum in explaining where Greece was, but couldn't get past the Turkey issue- Isaac's, not Thekla's, it's just like a big chicken with a red bit apparently. How on earth am I going to explain Georgia??!!
Hope to speak to you on Saturday before Isaac's party, he'll be very excited.

daniel on

just to confirm, it was just the green jacket and not the beige slip-ons with the wood effect heel

Emily on

Thank goodness for that! Actually hold the phone....I can live without the cuban heels and the see-throug/hglass socks, but the green jacket?! I can't reinforce enough about how it is the youngest looking old coat i've ever seen.

Don't even mention the red coat....it's not onboard is it?

Boil in a bag?? Designed to save time and effort, but surprisingly tasty Iand succulent 'Im told...

Have you left the country that's like a chicken but with a red bit yet?

Contrary to our micky-taking messages, we are with you all the way.

Tim on

If I had not know you 'lot' for 28 years, I'd have wondered what all that was about....green coats, red coats. Hilarious....only the Redmonds. Good to see that petrol prices are high over there too, who says that we have the highest petrol prices hey....oh well. Hope the studs hang on, if not, as well as operating the windscreen wipers, maybe Roger can hold the wheels on.

Chris on

Ivan Petrovski Skivar coming up I think!

Here's a verse for you Martin . . .

When you start on your journey to Ithaca,
then pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
Do not fear the Lestrygonians
and the Cyclopes and the angry Poseidon.
You will never meet such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your body and your spirit.
You will never meet the Lestrygonians,
the Cyclopes and the fierce Poseidon,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not raise them up before you.

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