2000, Bolu to Samsun
a cold night at the lake of Abant (-1°C) we continue our drive towards
the Black Sea. The scenery is again beautiful: We are driving over the
high plateaus of Anatolia were lots of farming is done. The day was dominated
by waving schoolchildren, cars making light-signals and the Gendarmerie.
On the route, local governours have placed police and Gendarmerie (in
military uniform) to ensure traffic safety. On some parts of the route
there is a "Jandarma" every kilometer, busy noting down our
numbers to make sure that all the cars pass their way.
The Turkish officials are very friendly, waving and greeting all cars
going by. The police are also regulating the slow traffic, so that most
of our day is pretty trouble-free. In some towns we are even waved through
red traffic lights by police while at the same time they make movements
with their hands, telling us to drive slow and carefully.
Not everyone is sticking to that advice though, Turks and rally-participants
alike, and we see some pretty adventurous overtaking maneuvers. But anyone
with a knowledge of Turkey is already used to this and has learned to
adjust. Turkey unfortunately has one of the highest traffic fatality rates
in the world and sensible driving is badly required here as a driver cannot
expect others to be sensible.
We are again very happy with our results today, getting a three-minute
penalty on an uphill tarmac test sections. The uphill sections are difficult
for our car as we have a small engine but not many of the big engine cars
achieve zero or one minute penalty on this test. We are currently number
seven overall and number one in our class, so as absolute beginners we
can be more than happy with the results so far, we will see how it goes
|TC 41: Bolu OUT
|TC 42: Tosya Base
|TC 43: Tosya Summit
|32 (3 minute penalty)
|TC 44: Boyabat
|TC 45: Gerze
||71. 75 km
|TC 46: Samsun IN
Overall 28 minutes
official results can be looked up on this website
Those who enjoy
cleaning their car get a chance to do so almost every hour. Especially
our windshield is a good indicator of how intact the Turkish insect
Just like these
Turkish school-children, Turks along the way show us their enthusiasm,
support and hospitality.
waving us hello and good bye.
The Black Sea
A TV crew (German
ARD and private) is following us until Peking
Time check at
with this picture?
Well, we are doing about 110 km/h but our speedometer tells us we
are doing 0 km/h. After some heavy noise, rattling and spinning
of the indicator, we decide to disconnect it. A spare speedometer
has been orderd but for now we have to establish our speed by the
sound of the engine.
Time check Boyabat
is in front of the local headquarters of the traffic police.
The last mountain
climb before the Black Sea
on Turkish roads: overloaded trucks, not too many today, though.