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Turkey 🇹🇷

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The trail has been put up by country based volunteers. The accuracy of the trail is not guaranteed, nor are the GPS co-ordinates. We do not represent or warrant that materials in the site or the services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We cannot represent or warrant that the site or its servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. If you stray onto private land, apologise and get back onto the byway or trail. These trails can be shut or permanently closed at short notice under local law. Do not ride trails beyond your capability. If unsure, get off your bike and walk the trail first. Trail riding alone, especially on trails you do not know is really unwise. Wear the proper safety kit. Many country trails are rarely maintained. You will find ruts, holes, floods, treacherous surfaces and the occasional booby trap hazard deliberately placed by people who do not like motorcycles using trails. When you use the trails, you are on your own. You exercise your judgement in your own skills and your own navigation. All we can do is show you where some of the trails are, but this can change at a moment's notice.

Practical tips for trails you do not know;

1: Ride in at least a pair. If you fall with a motorcycle pinning you down to cold and damp earth, in the Europe we do not have to worry about being eaten by exotic carnivores (usually!) but exposure, hypothermia and shock can do a very effective job of killing you. Do not rely on the trails having a regular through flow of users to come to your aid;

2: If your riding companion cannot pick your bike up off you then get a lighter bike, a stronger riding companion or ride in a bigger group;

3: Trails can vary immensely. A vehicular right of way can be a rocky or muddy scramble;

4: Adventure bikes – especially on adventure tyres – can struggle with some trails. Do not just bowl into trails because they are on a map – they can be horribly technical and totally unsuitable for even fairly competent riders on light machines or experienced riders on bigger machines;

5: Stop for horses and kill your engines to let equestrians pass. A horse spooking at a bike revving will be likely to result in criminal charges if the police get involved and a motorcycle is a lot easier to control than a horse;

6: On the trails there will be free running dogs. Do your best to be nice to them;

7: Mobile phone coverage can be patchy on the trails. Do not rely on calling an ambulance – if you’ve got stuck, the emergency services are going to get just as stuck trying to retrieve you. That is if you can raise them by telephone;

8: Finally, obey the golden rule, which is don’t be a dick by unnecessarily annoying other country side users or letting ego outstrip talent.

ROUTE INFO

1Length of TET in country
860km as of June 2018.

The length is likely to increase in the future versions. I have new trails in my mind that I want to include. There are two sections in the gpx file. Section 2, which goes into the heart of Istanbul, is totally composed of tarmac roads. Why? Because, as you get closer to Istanbul, trails get more and more tricky. Instead of putting you through very tough/unreliable trails, I have decided to provide the least crowded asphalt road that goes all the way down to the Bosporus. Section 1 is a 770km loop between Greece and Bulgaria.
2Expected time to cover TET in country
5-7 days depending on your tempo and riding preferences…
3Best time of year to ride TET in country
Starting from April to end of November. May and June is the best time for sure. However, keep in mind that this part of Turkey is relatively flat in contrast to eastern parts of the country. That means, you will have to pass through many muddy sections along the way. Also, in case of rain, the route will get much harder due to flat roads accumulating water/mud.
4Entry point into country
Ipsala/Edirne (from Greece)
5Exit point from country
Derekoy/Kırklareli (to Bulgaria)
6Language(s)
Turkish.

Foreign language literacy is usually very low in rural areas. So, note down the key words:

Hello: Merhaba

Beer: Bira

Fuel: Benzin

Food: Yemek

Water: Su

Mechanic: Tamirci

Police: Polis

Hospital: Hastane

Pharmacy: Eczane

7Currency
Turkish Lira. It is a volatile currency. 1 EUR is equal to 7.5TL as of August 2018
8Emergency telephone number
112: Ambulance

155: Police

156: Jandarma (Rural police – you may need)

110: Fire (in case you push too hard on the throttle)

9Drive on the...
Right
10Laws regarding wild camping
Very relaxed. You can sleep almost anywhere. Along the TET Turkey route, there is one section where camping is not permitted. The aim is to protect the beautiful forest from fire caused by irresponsible people. You will see the signs on the road, so don’t worry, you will not make a mistake. You can pitch your tent almost anywhere on the road. If you are unsure, ask a local, they are very helpful most of the time.
11Trail riding and the law
Trail riding is not regulated by law. So, feel relaxed. There’s no noise limitation and/or pedestrian only roads on the route. Yet, please put on your exhaust silencers and be responsible riders. Respect silent villages, old people, animals, sleeping babies etc..
12Bike events on or near the TET
Will be updated...

ROUTE OVERVIEW

Please read this section before you attempt to ride this route. TET Turkey will take you to three different seas. You will see the Aegean Sea, the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea along the route. The route starts from Greek border and immediately takes you off road into tiny trails between rice fields. You will most likely see the longest straight trails in Europe. After a visit to a national park lake (which is home to many different species of birds), you will climb the first small mountain and enjoy a view of the Saros Bay and the Aegean Sea.

You may notice some gates on the trail to prevent animals - just open the gate, pass through, close and continue. The trail will take you to the beach and you will meander between the beach and small villages along the road. When you reach Seydikoy, the landscape will start to change. You will climb the second mountain and descend into Saros Bay. You will enjoy a view of both the Aegean Sea and Sea of Marmara here. This is a must do section.

When you get down to sea level, the trail takes you south to the shores of the Sea of Marmara. From Kızılcaterzi, you will start climbing the real mountains. You will pass through wind turbines on the top of the mountain (you’ll see a “Stop, forbidden area” sign just before the wind turbines. Just ignore it. Trust me, I’ve checked it with relevant people.) The route will go up and down through the relatively silent and less known parts of Thrace and gradually ascend into the Ucmakdere mountains. This section is also a must do with great views of the sea and mountains.

After Naipkoy, the trail flattens again and start to head North and East. You will travel through sunflower fields. You will see the old Istanbul city walls and an ancient water transport facility that is more than 600 years old.

The route then splits into two. If you select East, you will follow an asphalt road taking you into Istanbul. This is probably the easiest and quietest route into the city. If you select West, you head to Bulgaria. The route visits the seaside and beaches as well as the towns and forest trails. This section is full of fast and hard packed forest trails.

The scenery reflects the Black Sea climate with the Igneada region covered with a unique type of forest. It is called Longoz forest, a unique fauna of trees partly living under sea water, which is also a protected national park.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

If you can, take time for the beaches in the southwest and the Black Sea beaches in the north. Camp at the ancient water transport facility (a unique environment). Try regional cuisine: satir et (lamb meat) in Kesan, meat balls in Tekirdag, local wines in Kirklareli (Chamlija is world class producer), peynir helvasi (a dessert from cheese) and Turkish raki.

If you fancy Turkish tea or Turkish coffee, just stop at small villages. The tea houses are usually located very close to the village mosque (you can spot them from far away by the tall mosque tower). You can drink your tea and spend some time with the local people in the coffee houses. This is the best place to drink local tea, socialise or ask for help or food.