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  • Day135

    Tea production

    September 17 in Turkey

    Our warmshower at the Çay house gives us a generous breakfast and we cycle to Hopa, the last larger town before the Georgian border. Along the way, it is full of tea plants everywhere. It is partly raining and the landscape is pretty green. We ask at several tea factories for a visit and at number 6, the women explains us how Lipton is producing the tea. However, entering is not allowed. Almost before dawn, we meet a very friendly security guy at the Çaykur tea factory, number 7, and he shows us the whole production site and explains each of the steps. Tea is made by fermentation. They add only water and heat. And as smaller the result, the better the tea quality.

    In Hopa, we meet a warmshower (a good friend of our host before) who is bringing us to his beach house. We can stay there for the night and listen to the ocean.

    It was our last full day in Turkey. From here, we can already see our final destination! Batumi in Georgia. It feels unbelievable that we have cycled so far. However, can't wait to cross the boarder and enjoy days of resting and holiday.
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  • Day134

    Das Bild von den Haselnussbäumen, welche bislang den Großteile der Hänge gesäumt haben, wird nun von Teeplantagen abgelöst.

    In Rize, die Teestadt der Türkei, wird eine Teefabrik mit Cafe und Botanischem Garten besucht, zu der es ziemlich steil bergauf ging. Jo wollte wie immer oben ankommen ohne zu schieben, schaffte dies auch. Doch oben angekommen wurde sein Licht ein wenig gedimmt und die Farbe wich aus dem Gesicht vor Anstrengung. Nach einer kurzen Liege-Pause und etwas Zucker ging es aber schnell besser.

    Zum Übernachten ging es zum Warmshower Mustafa in sein Cay Cafe. Mustafa ist begeisterter Radfahrer und hat schon einige Rennen gewonnen. Uns wurde das Spiel Okey beigebracht.
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  • Day133

    Breathtaking mountains

    September 15 in Turkey

    This day has changed my view of Turkey. Here is why. We organized us a rental car in no time and went to the famous Sümela monastery first. It hangs in the rocks. The Greece Orthodox monastery was founded in the 4th century, it was abandoned in 1923 after the creation of the Turkish Republic and the ‘exchange of populations'. It is now a tourist magnet and recently under construction.

    We follow the road up the hill to a village. We feel like we moved to Mongolia and enjoy Köfte, salad and tea facing this view. We move further up and up the serpentines and need so stop every minute to take a picture. It looks so impressive! The mountains are 3.040 metres here and the pass is small. It is 11° only. We plan to go down on the other side and hit a real street there again.

    We take an old men with us who is hitchhiking :) He wanted to go to the next village to drink çay with his friends. So, we join for one tea and they show us the Orthodox church in their village where the cross can still be seen in the stone but it a mosque tower was added.

    It takes forever to drive down. When it is already dark, we take a girl and a woman hitchhiking with us. They want to buy eftek (bread) at the next bakery. It feels as Turkey must be really safe when women hitchhike in the dark somewhere in the mountain villages.

    I wished to have a drone to catch more of these breathtaking views. Turkish mountains are definitely a must! And they are worth the trip in itself. So, my view of Turkey has adjusted even more to the positive than before!
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  • Day132

    Trabzon

    September 14 in Turkey

    Gestern Abend haben wir Yasars Restaurant mit Verwandten kennengelernt. Wir waren morgens zum Frühstück da. Es gab Suppe und Reis. Anschließend wurden wir noch mit den besten Haselnüssen und schwarzem Tee beschenkt. Die Strecke nach Trabzon war nicht besonders, aber mit Rückenwind.

    Unnützes Wissen:
    Der öffentliche Nahverkehr funktioniert hauptsächlich mit Minibussen. Es wird sich brav in der 100m langen Schlange angestellt und gesittet aus- und eingestiegen. Eine Fahrt kostet dann ca. 0,25€ und es darf überall ausgestiegen werden, auch wenn dort keine Bushaltestelle ist.Read more

  • Day131

    Cycling today was good and fast. After an early start we are eager to make some metres and cycle 90km at once. Then, we enjoy swimming in a small stony bay in Tirebolu. Found a cheap pension and had an amazing sundowner on the beach. In the evening we ate with a view and got to know a guy whose parents have been living in Germany, told us a bit about the region and invited us for desert. Delicious. Again. The name of the city: Tirebolu developed from Tripolis (meaning: three cities)

    Interesting historical fact:
    This part of Turkey was inhabited by 1.400.000 Greece people. In 1923, the Turkish and Greece governments made a deal: They forced an exchange of the ethnic minorities. The Orthodox Greece population needed to leave Turkey and got exchanged by the Muslim population in Greece (400.000). It was an 'ethnic cleansing'. Consequences today: Empty and unused Orthodox churches along the coastline in Turkey and abandoned mosques in Greece.
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  • Day130

    Psycho Stress im Tunnel

    September 12 in Turkey

    Der Weg an der vierspurigen Küstenstraße ist mittlerweile weitestgehend flach und verfügt über einen Standstreifen. Heute ging es jedoch noch einmal durch ein hügeliges Gebiet, mit einem 3,6km langem Tunnel (etwas länger als der Elbtunnel aber schlechter beleuchtet) ohne "sicheren" Standstreifen, bestückt mit einem kleinen blinkenden Rücklicht als Schutz.
    Im Tunnel hört man nur das ohrenbetäubende Heran-Donnern der LKWs. Die Angst sitzt einem im Nacken übersehen zu werden. Es ging aber alles gut.

    In Altinurdo ging es mit einer Gondel auf den Berg der Stadt mit einer schönen Aussicht. Es gab sogar eine Startbahn für Paragleiten.
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  • Day129

    Hamam

    September 11 in Turkey

    From Samsun, the very modern, clean, lively and big city, we pedal fast on the flat streets. A food stop at one of the local food restaurants and a nice break at a beach area in Terme and we almost arrived at Ünye. Another Çay and very nice conversations with a family from Witten and we arrive in one of the oldest cities in Turkey. Ünye is known for its small old streets in the city center. It starts raining and Jo is going to the local Hamam which is open for men only today.Read more

  • Day128

    Popcorn

    September 10 in Turkey

    Heute ging es nach Samsun zu Mustafa, der gestern auf dem Weg extra angehalten hat, um uns einzuladen. Neben uns sind noch zwei Tramper aus Russland seine Gäste. Es gab Pasta und "Popcorn" (Maiskolben vom Grill) und mindestens fünf Cay nach dem Essen.

  • Day128

    Prison, flat tire, dinner

    September 10 in Turkey

    The evenings live music on top of the castle yesterday was beautiful but tiring. We start late and visit Sinops historical prison firstly.

    Unnecessary knowledge: Sinops prison was built in 1215 and held famous prisoners as well as political exposed persons. It it said that the guards were like dragons guarding everything and not even let a bird flew over there. We were told that nobody could flew.

    Then, we ride trough Gerze, a wonderful cute town. We swim in a phenomenal place next to hundred metres of rocks. Then, we make it to Yakakent where Jo has his first flat tire. Meanwhile we fix it, we get invited for dinner which we agree to. So, we enjoy local food with a local family and communicate via google translate.

    After that, we 'wildcamp' at a gas stations garage with a roof above us. (Camping at gas stations is normal and always possible as a back up option).

    Tomorrow is the first day after we entered Turkey, without elevation!!! (Wohoooooo!)
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