1st – 6th August Just a soft tourist now…

I’m at the Yacht Classic Hotel in Fethiye on the Mediterranean Coast now,. I’m sitting by the pool with a cocktail in hand…Just another soft tourist!

I’m awaiting the arrival of my son Stuart. He is flying in from Toronto. We have till 17th together and will go touring together. Wonderful!

Azulo is at rest till 14th when I ride to Istanbul. 

Already it seems like my ride from Vladivostok was ages ago!  Gone are the bad roads, the excessive heat and cold and the terrible food! Things are much easier now. I feel like the “expedition” is over and I’m now just another tourist along with the other millions! Mind you….that’s not at all bad!

Since leaving Cappadocia I have had a very easy time!

I rode the 250k to Konya and spent most of the day touring the Mevlana Museum. This is the former Lodge of the Whirling Dervishes. The Whirling Dervishes only perform on Saturdays and so I missed that. There are shows elsewhere albeit not in the “original location” so maybe I’ll pick that up later.

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I had a lovely Boutique Hotel in Konya, right by the Museum and  main square. It was called the Hitch Hotel. Excellent. Stay there if ever you visit!

There was ONE problem….Konya seems to be a DRY CITY…NO beer again. I couldn’t believe it. I was back to Water and Fanta

The next day I had another easy ride to Antalya where i booked into a lovely Boutique Hotel called Minyon Hotel in the Old City of Antalya called Kaleici. It was excellent and another good tip!

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Kaleici is lovely and dates from Roman times. It is not too crowded here either which surprises me as it is August but perhaps the crowds go to the Beach Resorts

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I spent most of the time here by the pool which was very relaxing

The Port of Kaleici was a major Port in Roman times. Looking at the Port one can almost imagine the Roman Galleys coming in

I’m glad to say I was able to have some beer and wine here so all is well

On 5th I rode the 200k from Antalya to Fethiye I spend three nights here at the very nice, Yacht Classic Hotel and then Stuart and I go touring. Actually he’s just phoned to say he’s been upgraded to a New Mercedes! Very posh.

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Stu arrived around 3.00. It’s great to see him. I’ve really been looking forward to this part of the trip

We had a really nice dinner in the Hotel restaurant…We both had Pepper Steaks which were excellent

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Stuart at the Yacht Classic Hotel Fethiye

I’m a biker no more for the next week and I will be travelling in style in my chauffeur driven Mercedes!

22 thoughts on “1st – 6th August Just a soft tourist now…

  1. Glad you are enjoying the ‘soft tourist’ lifestyle – & you have earnt it! But, we will miss your adventurous tales…

  2. Hi Geoff, I think after where you’ve been (and what you have eaten) a bit of soft tourism sounds just perfect. Keep writing the blog though – we don’t want you too soft.

    Enjoy the time with Stuart.

  3. Congratulations on your safe return to civilisation, Geoff. Looks very civilised indeed. When is the book coming out?

  4. Sounds like Bransbury G. is a well relaxed boy and now in cruise control for a while, now that Stuart is there and you have the chance for some good company, good tucker and liquid refreshments. Hope you have a great time together.
    Wenners sends her love
    Rod

  5. Well done in getting there to you and Azulo – been fascinating to follow your trip Bit worrying when seeing the UK news of that region at the same time !!! Seems bizarre that you could even get through some of the places but clearly you deserve the great break with Stuart Have fun in the Merc and enjoy the side trip!! Look forward to meeting up in UK – Be happy tourists now! Christopher n Kate

    • Hi Chris and Kate
      The Merc is certainly a different ride to Azulo! It would have trouble in Mongolia also… No Autobahns there!

  6. Hello Geoff and Stuart,
    Russia and Mongolia must seem a long time ago, and some of the odd food that you had to eat. The hotel looked lovely and it must have been so relaxing. It sounds as if you and Stuart are going to have a great time together travelling in style! If Azulo could talk he would be pleased with the rest as well. Have a great time, but don’t forget to take some pictures. All the best Alan and Wendy

    • Hi Alan and Wendy
      It’s great travelling in style but it’s only a week and then Azulo has to get back to work for the run to England…and to see you both and Karens gang too!

      • We’re really looking forward to seeing you; and also to sharing the adventures you have between now and then!!!
        As Norm would say …… “go well!”
        She who must be obeyed; & Alan

  7. Good to see you have arrived at the gateway of Europe in good form, enjoy your time as a tourist! As far as I know Istanbul is still happy to supply EFES beer so should not be too dry…
    Best wishes Cliff & Salette

  8. Welcome back to civilisation, or NOT, as the case may be!

    I thought the Whirling Dervishes were only Sudanese – Gordon of Khartoum and all that. They obviously get around!

    Glad that Stuart managed to meet you OK, and it sounds like you are really looking forward to the next few days. Glad that the alcohol is available again; going cold turkey is not good for you.

    Best wishes to you and Stuart from us both.

    Vic & Gill

    • Hi Vic
      Do they have Whirling Dervishes in Sudan? You’ll be pleased to hear my blood alcohol is nearly back to normal! Love to Gill. Has she settled back into UK life yet after all the time in NZ?

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