Originally Posted by locrep
we made our way back to Kirikhan & got through into Syria via Antakya, this border crossing was by far the most dangerous on our whole trip it was like entering a scene from Armageddon. Dave.
I've looked through an old passport and found that the TIR crossing from TR into Syria was at Cilvegozu - Anatakya and the Syrian border gate was several km's further along a two-lane road (not much more than a track) then at a place called Bab-el-Hawa. The traffic queues along this stretch of we used to refer to as 'no mans land' could be horrendous. The Syrian border used to close overnight regardless of the amount of traffic waiting to enter the country.
Is this the crossing you used ??
My passport stamps reminded me of one incident that happened at Cilvegozu: Three of us were travelling in convoy and on arrival at Cilvegozu we handed in our documents and passports as usual. About a quarter of an hour later, an official called us into a back office and told us we were in a lot of trouble and .... we were to await the police. Not good news !
Eventually, it transpired they were able to deduce from our passports that we had transited Turkey too fast and we were going to done big time for speeding. In those days, the passport entry stamps (at Kapicule) in addition to being dated, had a time mark around the outside of the stamp. Hi-tech stuff or what.
We knew we had crossed TR faster than usual because we had done it virtually non-stop, i.e. without sleep (with the help of dexedrine tablets which was fairly normal practise for those days).
After being threatened with court etc, the police eventually agreed on a fine which was reduced if we could pay in dollars - which we did. I never crossed Turkey without stopping for sleep again.
PS: Before someone tells me, I know the stupidity of taking drugs to stay awake whilst driving and I don't do it now ... honest. In those days, we were paid by the trip and earned very good money ... if we weren't delayed.