Today marks the 4th week on the road for Steve and I and so far we are keeping on track with our expected plans. It is safe to say that the first month has also been the “easy” section, travelling through mainland Europe where most things are not too different from home.
It it is fitting that we spend this time in Turkey, the country where the East meets the West.
The journey today took us from Gallipoli town down to ANZAC Cove to take in the history of the ANZAC’s. Upon visiting the Turkish Museum and taking the time to view the hour long educational movie reliving the famous war, but this time from Turkish eye’s certainly has been interesting. Either way you look at it, it is a demonstration of how futile war really is!
We moved on from Gallipoli and headed for the ferry at Eceabat to Canakkale, which basically was a 25 minute drive on ferry ride that took us across the mouth of the Dardanelles in order to head South to Izmir.
We have stopped at a camp site at Troy for the night. I have even managed to wash my bike (part of the 1 month celebrations) and you will notice from the picture below that we no longer are carrying the black bags behind the rider. This is thanks to our wives taking the additional items back with them to Sydney and has made life soo much easier for us chaps due to the reduced weight and significant increase in space.
Sunday marked the 2 week mark for our Mad Ride! Steve is still in Venice with Jo, his wife and I and enjoying time in Nasice, Croatia. Today was another family day, lunch with relatives which involved lovely home cooked Stuffed Praprika and mashed Patato. I struggled after lunch as the food, relaxed lifestyle created the perfect environment for an afternoon nap! In the evening I caught up with a neighbours and went out for a casual drink, ending up at their place for a bite to eat. As you can see from the picture meet features heavily on the menu. It is lovely I must say. This is home made cured and really is yummy! Got home late (around) 10:30pm which was not bad as I had only intended a quick drink with friends at 5:00pm.
Today was a rest day, giving us the opportunity to do our washing and tend to a few house keeping items.
Steve and I wondered the streets of Menton looking for the laundrette (not so romantic that bit) and took the opportunity to stop for a coffee and a bite to eat.
Our first statistics for our Mad Ride; over the first week of riding we have covered 1,863km. The bikes are averaging around 5.5L/100km which means we can get around 550km between stops which is not bad for something as un aerodynamic as our bikes, weighing in at around 290kg without the rider.
Tomorrow it is off to to a lap of the Monaco GP circuit and then head up towards Turin, Italy.