Thursday 7th May: Can’t believe I’m writing this, but it looks like the trip might be over. I was involved in an accident last night whilst looking for my hotel in Kars (far eastern Turkey).
Firstly, I’m ok. Nothing broken, just battered and bruised.
The bike came off worse – front / side on collision with a car – we hit at right angles – my wheel hit the front of his van, my helmet smashed his windscreen and my shoulder has made another pot hole in the road. The wheel is probably ruined, brake discs definately, forks bent, fork clamp snapped in two, assorted bits of plastics scattered around the street. There’s no way I can tell if the frame is bent (I’d be surprised if it wasn’t). No idea if the radiators are broken.
Police and ambulances arrived straight away. 10 minutes later someone who could speak English.
It was probably my fault – unused to the city, pitch black, the end of a 600 mile and 11 hour ride. I thought I was on a straight road, didn’t realise it was an unmarked cross roads. The van driver is local and knows the area. He says it was my fault. I’m not sure I can argue with him. But frustrating all the same. 100 yards from my bloody hotel.
I’m in touch with a really helpful member of the Horizon Unlimited forum – Mehmet Zeki Avar – who has been really helpful (both before, in planning, and late last night). He has suggested getting the bike on a train to Ankara on Friday morning to let a BMW dealer assess it on Saturday (it’s a 24 hour train). Hopefully something can be salvaged, but any delay will affect my plans for Iran, Pakistan and ultimately India. I was due to cross the border into Iran today for the start of a 9 day crossing… But this clearly isn’t happening. Instead, a day of lying in bed, aching and getting up to date with the last few days worth of blogging. I’ll sort train tickets later and the hotel has already arranged for a truck to take me to the station at 7am.
Words escape me to describe how disappointed, angry and upset I am.
The day can only get worse if that git Cameron wins the general election back home in Blighty.