The next day after Motorrad Days, we left Penzberg towards Merano, Italy via the Jaufenpass. Jaufenpass is a high mountain pass in the Alps in the South Tyrol in Italy. It’s a very picturesque route and winding as well. There are also quite a number of switchbacks.
By IsraqAdv, July 8th, 2012,in Rides » | No Comments »
The second and final day of BMW Motorrad Days 2012 was jam-packed as it’s a weekend. Th crowd tripled up compared to yesterday. There were so much activities here at Motorrad Days.
By IsraqAdv, July 7th, 2012,in Rides » | No Comments »
It’s been more than a week since I’ve last jot down our adventure traversing from istanbul to Turkey for the inaugural BMW Motorrad Days 2012. Since our departure, we’ve been riding through Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic before arriving in Berlin, Germany via Prague.
Most of the participants arrived in Istanbul today. Since the bikes will only arrive in Istanbul the next day, it was free activity for us all. Everyone enjoyed the scenery of Istanbul and went sight-seeing for the day before resting at the hotel.
The overland expedition might have ended for the vehicles once they were loaded into containers due to the unrest in Syria, hence it was prematurely ended but as for the participants, the journey continues. We arrived early at 5am in Amman via flight from Istanbul.
It was another early morning as we left the hotel at 5am as the the Malaysian Embassy in Ankara prepared breakfast for us. We arrived at the embassy half an hour later and was received by Puan Nuryante Mohd Yazid, Counsellor of Embassy of Malaysia.
As per usual we ride in small groups instead of a large convoy to ensure that we’d not be blamed for hogging the road. The ride towards Ankara from Sivas took us traversing a total distance of 410km, enjoying the scenery of lush greenery and villages along the way. Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country’s second largest city after Istanbul. Ankara is a very old city with various Hittite, Phrygian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman archaeological sites. The hill which overlooks the city is crowned by the ruins of the old castle, which adds to the picturesqueness of the view, but only a few historic structures surrounding the old citadel have survived to the present day.
It was our second day riding in Turkey. One thing for sure, fuel here is more expensive compared to Georgia as it’s double the price. It’s about 2.50lira per litre notice here is Petrol getting more expensive from Georgia. Almost double the price per liter. Here in Turkey fuel is priced at 2.50 lira per liter, which is about RM7.50 per litre back home.
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It was another early morning for us all as it’s border-crossing, from Georgia to Turkey. Our departure was documented by TV crews from Adjora TV and as usual being the Expedition Leader I was interviewed along with some of the riders. Alhamdulillah, we had coverages at most of our destination.
Sleeping in Bakuriani with a temperature at 10degree at night without a working heater was quite a struggle for me. Apart from that being at a ski resort without going skiing might be awkward for some. But then we have to continue with our journey as the main objective is to arrive in Mecca and perform Umrah.
It was a short ride today as we only need to complete 165km from Tbilisi to Bakuriani. Bakuriani is a skiing resort in the Borjomi district of Georgia. It is located on the northern slope of the Trialeti Range, at an elevation of 1,700 meters (5,576 feet) above sea level.
Alhamdulillah we’ve entered the 7th country Georgia on the 42nd day of ‘DRB-HICOM: Kembara Bumi Suci sponsored by Bank Muamalat’ expedition. Our first town in Georgia is Tbilisi. The border of Azerbaijan – Georgia is situated about 150km from Gence, the last town we spend our night in Azerbaijan.
The sky was blue with a temperature of 28degree celsius as we leave Baku, and so we’re leaving the beautiful Caspian Sea. It was quite an interesting town, but I’d say it’s a bit expensive for me. Azerbaijan’s currency is called Manat. 80cents Manat USD1, hence being a stronger currency than the USD.
It’s another ride-free day for us. This time around, we get to laze around in Baku, Azerbaijan before continuing with our overland adventure ‘DRB-HICOM: Kembara Bumi Suci sponsored by Bank Muamalat’.
By IsraqAdv, May 30th, 2012,in Rides » | 5 Comments »
Makhachkala is the capital city of the Republic of Dagestan, Russia. It is located on the western shore of the Caspian Sea and is home to the Makhachkala Grand Mosque, one of Russia’s largest. Majority of the population is Muslim. Being here, we’ve been treated by a coffee shop owner once she knew that we’re on the way to Mecca for Umrah. The people here are friendly and kind, and so even though we’re only here for few hours, we’re quite touched by the hospitality.