Sailing/Party with the Australians

A few days ago I was asked if I would like to go and get a boat from Lefkas to Plataria.

I had time, so we drove to Lefkas (about 1 hour) and 7 hours back to Plataria. There was not much action (no sailing), but it was still a nice experience on a different boat.

The next day I could go with the boat and 8 young Australians to Sivoto, just 1 hour away. The boat was part of a flotilla of 4 boats and about 35 people.

Just before the departure Mike, who organizes the boats and the skippers, asked me if I want to go 3 days as the skipper. I accepted, packed some cloth and then we were on the way. Another skipper came with me to Sivota to show me how everything works and left in Sivota.

The next days where a lot of fun. Swimming, sailing, anchoring, barbecue and a lot of party.

I had a great time with the Australians. And I had an excellent crew on board.

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On the last day I invited them on my boat for a few drinks and I did not know that you can fit 13 people in my small cockpit.

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With my drone I shot some footage and cut a video of the 3 days:

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Fixing the Boat and exploring the Ionian Islands

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After I got to my boat it took me a few weeks of intensive work to install all the equipment I  had with me.

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I installed a new radar, solar panels, wind generator, Chart plotter, displays, Wifi antenna, new wind and speed sensors, and a mast to carry all the stuff. I also had to do some painting (antifouling) and many small projects. (I will post a tour of my boot in a later post)

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After that I finally was in the water again.

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I was ready for some company. My brother and another friend each came for one week. We did some sailing between Corfu, Paxos and the main land.

After that I had some time to finish another big Projekt. I wanted to have all lines in the cockpit, so I don´t have to leave it for operating the main sail.

It took me a few days and the help of one of my boat neighbours, but I like the result.

In the beginning of June I picked up a special woman, and she stayed one month on the boat.

Be proceeded from corfu south to the other ionian islands and came back to corfu. We sometimes had good sailing conditions and found some amazing bays and places to anchor.

 

 

 

I am back !

Hello everybody.

After I finished my biketour almost two years ago, you probably wondered what I was dooing?

Last year I bought a 34 foot sailboat and now I am on the ferry from Venice to Greece with a lot of new equipment and new ideas. 

The plan is to continue my world trip, this time by sailing.

So stay tuned for new stories, pictures and videos.

Hope you like to follow me again on my trip and support me.

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Day 523-529 – 28. June – 4. July 2015

I stayed five days at Velat . He had to work, so during the day I was alone. I spend some time walking through the city, but at 36°C ist was no pleasure.

In the evening Velat and me went out. Sometimes meeting some of his friends, smoking water-pipe or just had a drink.

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I received my new sim card from Germany and time went by very fast.

In the evening on July 2nd Velad and a friend accompanied me by cycling to the bus terminal.

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I took the bus from Diyarbakir to Kayseri. The bus ride took the whole night an after a very nice sunrise I reached Kayseri.

It was the first time on my trip I had to wear a light jacket. It was about 15°C. After on hour it was already 20° and was getting warmer by the minute.

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Just before I reached Cappadocia I had some hills to climb. Because I started very early I reached a nice camping place after 70 km at about 1 pm.

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The camping place was fairly empty, had a nice Pool and free internet. I stayed for two nights.

In the afternoon I walked to the nearby city for some shopping and dinner. The city is very touristic. Everywhere you can rent quads, motorcycles, bicycles or sign up for a Jeep safari or a hot air ballon ride.

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I was happy when I was back at my camping place.

I met a very nice couple from South Korea. They were traveling by bicycle and started 10 month ago from, I believe it was Hong Kong. We had a nice conversation an in the evening we sat together and shared some traveling stories.

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Just before sunset I climbed up some hills to take Pictures from the sunset and the scenery.

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Very early in the morning I woke up and took some amazing pictures of the more than 50 hot air balloons.

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After an some extra sleep I took a tour around Cappadocia with my bike. Again I could take some nice pictures.

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When I came back to the camping place, I enjoyed the pool and relaxed in the sun.

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Cappadocia is a amazing place. Only to manny tourists for my taste. But in the evening and early in the morning it is OK.

Day 528: 67,31 km  all: 15.565 km

Day 519-522 – 24.-27. June 2015

Day 519: I left Van and cycled south of the lake to the west. The road was nice and I had some wind from the rear.

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After 60 km I was half way to Tatvan and I had some mountains ahead. I was stopped by some young people from the Jandarma. They where very interested in seeing my bike. They offered me some water and gave me baclava to eat. One of  them lived in England and so he translated my story to the others.IMG_1467

I just told them that I might want to find a ride to Tatvan and 10 minutes later they found a truck driver who took me the next 60 km to Tatvan.

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We put the bike into the empty truck and I had a very comfortable ride through a wonderful landscape.

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In Tatvan I stayed in the same Hotel like one year before.

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Day 520:  At 10 am I left Tatvan and climed 100m to 1800m. After that the next 70km was a very long decent. I remembered coining up the same way one year ago and it was so much harder.

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After 90 km I found a nice wooded area where I camped.

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Day 521: It was very hot and the road was a constant up and down. I was exhausted and happy to find a place to camp after 75 km.

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Day 522: In the morning a sheperd came to my tent and wanted to have some money for the camping. I gave him 1€ and he was not very happy about it, but he did not argue. Another man came (I thing it was his boss and he called him) and they waited and watched me packing. Just before I was finished they were suddenly gone.?

The 70km to Diyarbakir were very difficult because there where 7 or 8 big valleys and always a climb and decent.

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Finally I reached Diyarbakir and went to Vedat´s appartment. I stayed at his place last year for 3 days and we had a great time. Because I lost my iPhone6 in Iran and could not call him I went to a little shop close by and asked someone if I could use his phone.

There where several people sitting in front of the shop and offered me a place to sit. One of them called Vedat and said he was coming after about one hour. So I sat down and told my story to the people.

It was very nice to see Vedat again.

Day 519: 69,66 km  all: 15.253 km

Day 520: 92,15 km  all: 15.345 km

Day 521: 74,92 km  all: 15.420 km

Day 522: 69,63 km  all: 15.489 km

 

Day 515-518 – 20.-23. June 2015

Day 515: Faraz showed me the way to the bus station and a relativ was the bus driver. So for the first time I did not have to pay extra for my bike and luggage.

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The bus took me to Khoy. About 150km north. From Khoy I cycled west to the Turkish border.It was a very nice day and I was climbing the whole day. After 400m climb I decided to stop someone to take me up the mountain. I quickly found a Pickup who was willing to take me.

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After 25km we arrived at his house and he invited me for a tea. I not only got a tea but a full meal.

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Just 7km before the border I found a nice place for the night.

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Day 516: After only a few minutes I reached the border in the morning. It was a little chaotic, but someone helped me to pass the line and get my stamp very quickly.

The Turkish side was also busy and I waited in line for about 30 minutes. I got my stamp and was free to go.

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The first thing I noticed was the roads. A big, new four lane road lead to the border. I was back in Turkey.

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In the afternoon the wind was getting stronger and it always was a headwind.

So after 60 km I decided to look for a place for the night. In this area there are almost no trees, but I managed to find a perfect spot.

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Day 517: I had to go less than 60 km to Van. The wind was gone and the road fine. So after only 5 hours I reached Van.

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I quickly found a cheap Hotel (10€ per day) and stayed for two days.

The hotel was in the middle of the city. Because it was ramadan it was difficult to find something to eat. After 30 minute I finally found a restaurant and had a quick Döner.

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Day 518: I used the free day to do my laundry, update my Blog and I send a package to Germany. I managed to send back 8 kg of equipment I do not need for the rest of the Trip.

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In the evening I had something to eat and afterwards sitting for almost 2 hours at a very busy pedestrian street. After four tea, smoking a water-pipe and watching the people, I was very relaxed and happy.

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Day 515: 45,05 km  all: 15.068 km

Day 516: 59,26 km  all: 15.128 km

Day 517: 55,39 km  all: 15.183 km

Day 509-514 – 15.-19. June 2015

Saeed showed me the way to the bus terminal and after another 45 minutes I was on the way to Tabris.

In the bus I met Oliver, a young German traveler who started a few month ago in Thailand and made his way through Nepal and Iran and is going through Armenia and Georgia back to Germany.

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In Tabris I was picked up by my friend Faraz, who I met last year.

In the afternoon we went through the bazar and by coincidence met Oliver.

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The next day Faraz and two of his friends showed me a historical town where people build their houses into the mountains.

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When we came back to the apartment Faraz had invited another cyclist from Holland. We spend the rest of the evening making dinner and talking about our traveling.

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The next morning Faraz and I took the bus to his hometown Urmia.

Urmia is located at lake Urmia. A salt lake in the west of Iran. After in 1984 dams where build the weather level decreased and the area of the lake has diminished by about 70%.

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The next few days I stayed with Faraz family. We were always meeting friends and family, did some sightseeing, visited a mushroom factory, a zoo and where invited to a birthday party.

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One day we drove to the north and had lunch at a friends house. Afterwards we drove to the salt lake and they helped me to make my 15.000km picture.

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It was hard work and took more than 1.5 hours to scrape the numbers into the salt.

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