Summer 2001 (9.2)
Oil Odyssey 2000
On August 22, 2000,
a group of 26 riders set out on a dozen IMZ (URAL) sidecar motorcycles
to travel along the length of the proposed 2,000km Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan
pipeline route. Ten days later, after traversing rivers and mountains,
Baku-Ceyhan Oil Odyssey 2000 arrived at the Turkish port of Ceyhan
(pronounced Jeyhan), making history and drawing attention to
the mega project that symbolizes Azerbaijan's (and Georgia's)
Itinerary for the motorcycle
trip along the proposed Baku-Tbilisi-Jeyhan pipeline route
Organized by Thomas Goltz, author of "Azerbaijan Diary"
(M.E. Sharpe, 1998/99), the core team consisted of Ewen Patterson
and his son James, Thorlief Nilsen, Karl Griffen, Paul McAuley,
Svante Cornell, Mike Scholey and Lesia Rudakewych (who got engaged
during the course of the journey), Robert Corzine, Mehmet Kilic,
Valeri Gelashvili and Shahin Nazarov, along with Jim Doheny and
Burt Richmond from Lotus Tours in Chicago, and Terry Adams as
a symbolic fellow-rider into history.
Cobbling together a
last-minute group of sponsors that included everyone from Azercell
to BOTASH, Conoco, SOCAR, Statoil and Turkish Petroleum, among
others, Oil Odyssey 2000 received its symbolic first symbolic
barrel of crude oil from President Aliyev before blasting off
across the deserts of Azerbaijan, the forests of Georgia and
the high plateau of eastern Turkey, and finally arriving in Ceyhan.
Left: Vardzia, an 11th-century monastery in western
from top right: a
crossroads at the Georgian-Turkish-Armenia border; one of the
few women who were among the 26 riders in the Oil Odyssey 2000;
President Aliyev presents the first symbolic barrel of crude
oil to the riders; Statoil's sidecar navigates a mountain road
along the route; and departure from the Government House in Baku.
To find out how to participate in this year's "Oil Odyssey"
motorcycle ride, e-mail Thomas Goltz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(9.2) Summer 2001.
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