After a nice rest in Istanbul we left on our journey to Georgia. Rather than taking a direct route Matt and Sarah decided there were a few things they wanted to see and do en-route and so rather than simply taking the Bosphorus Bridge to get into Asia they decided to drive down the Gallipoli Peninsula to Eceabat and cross via ferry to Cannakkle and enter Asia that way.
As you can imagine I was the centre of attraction both while on the ferry and through Turkey with with loads of people taking photos of me and signing blue spots to the extent we have now moved onto the blank areas of the other stickers. I've also managed to pick up a few more Angels en-route to Georgia.
Anyway I managed to deal with all the differing road conditions without too many problems. The sump guard took a ding or two and one of the towing points is now bent but at least I haven't sustained any damage. Once in Tbilisi Matt arranged for a service where my oil was changed. The mechanic noticed that the half shaft seals were leaking but it wasn't serious so it was decided not to use the spares. Diff oil topped up and Matt will have to keep an eye on this and probably top up again.
The chap who did the service also noticed that the nuts on the U bolt holding on the rear dampers were working loose so these were tightened too (another job for Matt). The speedo connection to the gearbox was also tightened hopefully stopping the small oil leak from the gearbox.
Finally got by bits greased and so am now ready to take on Russia and Kazakhstan and into the next stage of our route to Uzbekistan and Central Asia. Some stats of the trip so far;
- Miles traveled from Potton to Tbilisi - 5,105
- Miles traveled to last tank full - 5,039
- Gallons of petrol used - 120
- Miles per Gallon - 41.95
- Actual days driving - 20
- Number of speeding fines - 1
- Number of other fines - 1
- Number of problems requiring a mechanic - 2
- Number of minor problems solved by Matt/Sarah - 0