08/08/07 Ankara

coming from istanbul, ankara is quite ugly.

most of the city is new and uninteresting and the old part is dirty and derelict. Also the old quarters doubles as a huge bazaar which is not adding to the fun factor.

the road from istanbul to ankara was surprinsingly fun for a highway. The first part follows the sea shore and the rest is in the mountains with a few 1500-2000m passes.

At the first gas stop, just outside istanbul we met four guys form netherlands (one Africa Twin, one Transalp and two BMW GS’s). They were going to Mongolia. We exchanged a few impressions, they were “veterans” as on previous trips they were in India and South America. They took a look at our ginourmous luggage and said “This must be your first trip” 🙂