We started late this morning because of our trouble at the border last night and set out for Istanbul with a plan to arrive early afternoon. The roads are good in Turkey and almost all dual carriageway so you can easily sit at 70mph and crunch the kilometeres. Of course true to form with this trip we had done zero planning and so we just headed to the old part of town in the hope of finding some interesting things to look at. Well Istanbul has no shortage of things to look at, we had a walk around, went to a mosque had some lunch, took some photos then jumped back in the car. To be fair Istanbul deserves at least a day if not two but our schedule doesn’t allow for this so we punch on, well so we thought. One hour later and we had moved about 500 metres, we were sat wondering why people were queuing to get on the car ferry that appeared to just go to the other side of the water, we could see the bridge that went over it in front and we could see the other side. Another hour and we realised why people use the ferry, the traffic is bad in Istanbul. Amusingly you can buy anything you may need in the trafic jam from the street sellers, water, food, phone chargers and bow & arrows.
We got clear of Istanbul and we continued our journey east, it was at this point we discovered Turkish buses have wifi on them. So we followed a bus fo 20 minutes and found a hotel for the night just outside of Gered. The hotel sat on the side of a hill and looked like a ski lodge (its not far from the skiing area), we sat and had a beer in the bar and started to think about the final phase of the adventure. Our thoughts turned to disposing of the car in Azerbaijan, now some would say we probably should have thought about this before we even left the UK but we are on an adventure not a holiday. Our Internet research began, hmmm I come across a website that says right hand drive cars are not allowed into Azerbaijan. Euston we have a problem! A few other sources appear to confirm this, so thats problem number 1. Problem number two is since arriving in Turkey they have been stamping our car details into our passport, this is to ensure we don’t exit without it. We now check to see if Azerbaijan do the same, they do, so does Georgia. This is an even bigger problem as we can’t just dump the car and fly out because we will be stopped at customs and asked what we have done with the car. We need a cunning plan, we decide to sleep on it and sort it in the morning.
Electric windows are intermittent
Brakes (what brakes)
Rear wheel now making lots of noise
Glove box door fell off
2700 miles, 12 Countries
England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey
In Turkey when you fill up a man does it for you and give you a receipt. You take the receipt into the shop and pay then show the payment receipt to the original guy outside.
Turkey has toll roads that you need a tag in your windscreen for. We drove through about 3 points before we worked out what was going on. If you dont have the tag the alarm sounds as you drive through but their is no barrier so you are fine. We found somewhere that sold them, once purchase they last forever, no time limit. It cost 50 Turkish Lirar or about £15.
British people need a visa to get into Turkey but this can be brought at the border for £10. The car also needs international green card insurance, this can be purchased at the border for approx £45.
Both – blisters on our feet
Both – mozie bites
Simon – paper cut from map
Nick – pealing hands from steering wheel