Don Madge in Turkey

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  1. keith

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    I just picked this up on Motorhome-list. As some of you may remember Don Madge I thought you may be interested in what he has to say, especially if you are heading that way.

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    EGNATIA ODOS (The Northern Greek motorway) A2 E90 January 2010

    The A2 (E90) motorway from Igoumenitsa to the Turkish border near
    Ipsala is fully open except for one bridge that has a 400 metre
    detour.
    The total distance is about 420 miles we do it in two days and then
    have a couple of nights at the municipal campsite at Alexandroupoli
    (€18 per night).

    Stopping places on the motorway are few and far between, the only
    service area we saw was 94 miles from Igoumenitsa; it is accessable
    from both carriageways. There were also fuel stations marked off the
    motorway.

    We went through two toll booths but both were unmanned. The only toll
    we paid was €2 near the start of the Thessaloniki Ring road.

    TURKEY UPDATE JANUARY 2010
    Ipsala Border crossing.

    The first kiosk you come to when entering the border complex you just
    present your passports.

    We then drive into the main complex and park in front of the duty free
    building, in there are two banks, ATM's, currency exchange counter and
    an insurance office for those who have no Green Card. We priced a
    Green Card for three months and they quoted £136 for third party cover.

    You will see about four or five lanes with the first kiosk marked
    "passports". Don't go down the lane until you have got your visa from
    the main building on the left, enter the building, turn left and the
    visa counter is on the right. The visa costs £10.

    Once you have your visa drive to the passport control kiosk, here they
    record your details again. Once that's completed drive to the other
    end of the lane which is the customs kiosk. Here they will need your
    V5C (registration document), Green Card and drivers passport.
    The customs sometimes check the van but in our case they are mostly
    interested in our back box.

    Once you have finished there you drive out of the main complex and
    present all your documents to the last kiosk, where they are all
    checked once again. Then you're free to go.

    This year (Jan 7th) we completed all the procedures in about 20
    minutes, bearing in mind this was winter time and we were the only ones
    going through at the time. The Turks have really got there act
    together, we can only assume they are trying to pull themselves into
    line with the EU.

    Note.
    The registration document and a Manual GREEN CARD are required to
    enter Turkey. Make sure the Green Card covers Asian Turkey as some
    insurers only cover European Turkey also the cover is fully comp and
    not just third party. They will not accept a photo copy of any of your
    documents, they must be the originals.

    A point worth remembering is the vehicle details are entered on the
    driver's passport and under normal circumstances the driver will not be
    able to leave Turkey without the vehicle. Make sure you have Travel or
    Vehicle Insurance that will cover the Duty/Customs Bond if you are
    taken ill and have to fly home or the vehicle is written off in an
    accident.

    Wild camping is not a problem in Turkey we have spent four winters
    there and never had a problem. The days of a cheap holiday in Turkey
    are long gone.

    Using an exchange rate of TL2.4 to the £Sterling the latest
    approximate fuel prices per litre are:-

    Diesel £1.30

    Petrol £1.54

    LPG £0.83

    The rural areas of Turkey are policed by the Jandarma (Military
    police) they set up road blocks but usually wave you through when they
    see you are a tourist. Don't under any circumstances park or camp in
    the vicinity of a Jandarma Post they will move you on, the posts are
    marked with plenty of white paint, large Turkish flags and soldiers
    with guns. The coastal posts are usually situated in very picturesque
    spots and it is very tempting to park/camp near them just for the
    views.

    We have always found the Jandarma to be very correct and polite. The
    rank and file are conscripts the officers and NCO's are usually the
    only ones who speak English. They also have a traffic division. The
    town/city police (Blue uniforms) are usually a scruffy lot compared to
    the Jandarma.
     
  2. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    An inspiration to all of us. Long may he continue.
     
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    He has problems with his neck now Brian & doesn't do much posting on the forums as it agravitates the problem so we don't get much chance to take advantage of his undoubted expertise in motorhoming.
     
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    Blimey not heard or seen from him for ages

    Real nice bloke.
     
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    I met him a few years back, a true gent, and a inspiration to us all.

    Andy
     
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    Good to hear from Don, I've never met him but had some great chats on Skype .. a walking encyclopaedia on long term/distance travelling .. nice bloke and a true gent .. :Cool:
     
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    I e-mailled Don a couple of years ago for some info on touring in Europe....I'll tell you what.....what he doesn't know isn't worth knowing..He came up with the info I needed I was well impressed he was bang on with what he sent me !!

    Long may he tour!! Nice one Don!!
     
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    Don is a great adventurer and proper Gent. I spoke to him last April and he was worried about never touring again because of health problems. Really nice to hear he is back on the road, and back in Turkey, I know he loves it there:Smile:
     
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