A false phoenix
Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
109Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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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.
My Review Of The Place I Stayed