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Road to Istanbul! (18/34)

WooHoo! 2/2 Continents!

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Next morning we woke up early to head on to Istanbul. The roads were shitty on the way down especially near the border and seemed to take forever! When we got to the border we had a few polavas. Dale’s insurance which was in place of a green card as stated was apparently not valid! The guy wouldn’t even read the part though where it said that! WANKER! We had to pay for insurance there and this dragged out the whole process. It was 3pm by time we finished and we were not looking forward to the shocking roads we had been warned about in Turkey. Once through the first road was a nice fresh new road…a much better first impression than Bulgaria, but how long was this going to last? Well all the way to Istanbul as it happens! I can’t fault their road network absolutely excellent and any time we lost in Bulgaria we soon made up! When we got to Istanbul the traffic REALLY picked up and before we knew it we were in grid locked chaos! Very exciting. We had to jostle for positions to get off the motorway at what I could guess was our Junction as the map didn’t correspond to their road names and there were no junction numbers like the map had. So I decided we were on the right side of the river and needed to head north so just told Dale to follow the car in front. With literally no idea where we were going as the map was non existent for the section of the city we were in I am not quite sure how good an idea this was to base my navigation on follow that car but I am fairly confident in my sense of direction and I know we were going in the right way ish! We lost the car in front and then found a taxi rank where a nice young man gave us some directions towards Kilyos where we were heading. The directions were a little shaky and mainly involving town names (two of them and one shopping centre to be exact) but it was enough! We got out of Istanbul with hardly any trouble and arrived here at Camping Mistik. They luckily had room for us and we pitched up on their hard ground. They tried sticking us on concrete but I laughed at them! And that’s pretty much where I leave you for now all caught up! Looking forward to two nights and one day of relaxation!

Countries where McDonalds visited: 13
Community dogs dead on roads: 18
Locals openly foraging in community bins:2
Horse and cart spotted:62
Money won for charity off my Dad who said we wouldn’t last 5mins:£50 (for two weeks on the road)

http://www.justgiving.com/34countries28days I think everyone should make a donation now after what we’ve been through LOL!

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