Monday, July 18, 2016

Turkey is big

It is also a very confusing country full of contradiction. It is thoroughly beautiful though abused. It can be rather hot, but bitterly cold storms occur in July. The people are some of the kindest I have ever met. Turkey offers many surprises to the cycle tourist.

Just in case anyone was wondering- I am safe. Ralaxing near Antalya after a real slog through the centre of the country. Pausing to make sure that things have truly settled politically.  I have noticed and felt an ambience of celebration and pride since the failed coup attempt of only a few days ago. It certainly is an interesting time to be here. 

Over these last 11 days I've managed to cycle through some wonderful alpine valleys, dream like fairy chimney rock towns of Cappadocia, barren desert plains, vast mountain ranges, and seaside towns full of Greek ruins.

Here is a summary of the route since I last posted from Tercan. Total distance covered since Baku 2688km. As before; images of each daily route can be seen underneath.

DAY 15- Tercan to Erzincan

DAY 16- Erzincan to Refahiye

DAY 17- Refahiye to Zara

DAY 18- Zara to Sivas

DAY 19- Sivas to Gemerek

DAY 20- Gemerek to Goreme

DAY 21- Goreme to Aksaray

DAY 22- Aksaray to Konya

DAY 23- Konya to Seydesehir

DAY 24- Seydesehir to Side

DAY 25- Side to Antalya

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