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Looking back - 4 weeks of Anatolian Turkey
Sunday, 03 September 2006

Turkey is a BIG country – long stretched from west to east on the Anatolian high plateau. We took the shortest route to Erzurum crossing the plateau from Bursa to Erzurum experiencing the many faces a country can have. It’s been a hot dusty ride – crossing big cities like Bursa and Ankara and small villages with nothing more than a few houses. This route is the east to west transport route with mainly Turkish truckers mixed with Iranians and Romanians.

Coming from Europe – Turkey has a pretty distinct identity. Life on the streets is typical and easily recognisable as Turkish. First of all by the overload of public transport and the many people using it. From small Ford Transit busses to modern Mercedes Travego’s coaches all hauling people from A to B – 24 hrs a day all over the country. It’s practically impossible not to find transport – it’s simply all around on the main routes.

Unmistakeably next is the presence of Police, Military and commercial guards all well equipped with all sorts of firearms. At first we got to think there’s something wrong somewhere but we slowly remembered this from our 2000 journey through Turkey.

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Turkey - On the road to Erzurum
Tuesday, 22 August 2006
It’s been 6 years ago since we first travelled through Turkey overland. Crossing the landborder at Ipsala wasn’t a new experience, in 1,5 hour we were done and on the road to Bursa. We planned the shortest route through Turkey, pretty much a straight line from Bursa through Ankara to Erzurum. A trip of 2100 Km crossing the Anatolian high plateau. Along the route we stopped at Bursa for truck maintenance and in Ankara for visa info and an internet connection. The rest was just driving, however not completely uneventful.
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Alexandroupolis - 2 months in Greece.
Sunday, 30 July 2006
It's now almost 2 months since we set foot on Greek soil, starting our tour in Igoumenitsa. To be honest we didn't plan for a longer stay than 1 months but looking back the extra month sure was worth it!.

We're now set up camp in Alexandroupolis close to the Turkish border. A seaside town with lots of activity - a pass through point for all traffic from and to Turkey. The life for the Greeks seems pretty good here, the main street has a lot to offer, the long main seaside boulevard has a huge selection of cafe's, taverna's, restaurants upto posh lounge style bars. We decided to wait here for a postal package with spare parts for the truck and few other things hard to get in Greece and Turkey.

The road to Alexandroupolis went south through Preveza, then east through Nafpaktos and Itea and north again towards Lamias.

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Greek Country life
Tuesday, 13 June 2006
It’s now almost 2 weeks. We got a bit used now to Greek country life – and seeing the country in low season. The route from Igoumenitsa went through the coast down towards Nafpaktos en upwards from Itea to Lamias (near mountain Olympus). It took us about a week, travelling about 100 – 150 Km a day with one day of rest.
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In Greece again, the 6th time
Monday, 05 June 2006
We’re in Greece again! It feels like meeting an old friend. We visited Greece the first time in 1990 by car, now 16 years later it’s the 6th time we’re touching Greek soil. The first feel of the country is unchanged and the sun is as bright as in it’s name Hellas.

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