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  • Day93

    Arriving at the Aegean Sea

    August 30, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Before leaving the gas station, our personal "gas station guard" brought us coffee. Then we cycled about 20km on a main road, turned off the highway and stopped at a small gas station to have more of Şeref's homemade sourdough bread for breakfast. An older man invited us for tea to his house, but we understood what he wanted to say too late. So we missed out on this.
    Instead, we continued a hilly ride on some quiet secondary roads. It was extremely hot, so even those 50-100m climbs were really exhausting. After another 35km, we had to go back on the main road as there was no other option in our direction. The highway here has a wide shoulder and smooth asphalt, so it's safe. But it's no fun sharing the road with all the fastmoving cars and the noise they make!
    We stopped for a second breakfast at a restaurant that Şeref had recommended. It was one of the best breakfasts EVER! And even with our need of calories, we were completely full afterwards.
    From here, it was one more climb in the heat and then we could see the sea - FINALLY! We had to fight against the strong headwinds, even on a downhill, but eventually reached our campground and jumped into the clear turquoise water. What a luxury after a sweaty day!!
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    CundA aus NY

    Schöne Abwechslung, Berge, Meer, Berge, ...

    8/31/20Reply
    Michael Burghardt

    Das Essen wird immer Besser je weiter ihr in die Türkei hinein kommt 👍. Schön zu sehen das ihr am Meer ausspannen könnt.😎

    8/31/20Reply
     
  • Day94

    Next stop: Asia

    August 31, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Our night was pretty short as the next tent kid seemed to be sick and cried all night. At 5:45am, we decided to get up as we couldn't sleep anyways. We cycled to Gelibolu to have breakfast before continuing along the coast to Eceabat. We had strong tailwinds, so it felt like flying on the main road. On the peninsula, there was a huge battle in World War I between the Ottoman soldiers and the Allies, so it's a site of historical importance with some war memorials to visit.
    At Eceabat, we took the ferry across the Dardanelles strait, the geographical border between Europe and Asia. We saw the fortress of Kilitbahir on the European side and enjoyed some views on Çanakkale on the Asia side when we were on the boat.
    From Çanakkale, we had to cycle another 15km along the coast until we reached Güzelyali, our destination for the night. The village is nice. It has a decent beach where we went for a swim, of course, nice seafront houses and a few shops and restaurants. Here, we were welcomed by Firat who cooked a delicious dinner for us. Unfortunately, Herbert had to miss out on the food because he wasn't feeling to well. Hope he'll get better after some sleep, so we can go on tomorrow.
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    CundA aus NY

    Herbert, hoffentlich geht es dir bald wieder richtig gut.

    9/1/20Reply
    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Gute Besserung Herbert👍An welchem Tag seid ihr denn eigentlich 1 Jahr unterwegs ? Der müßte doch jetzt bald sein 🤔?

    9/1/20Reply
    Her Bert

    Danke. Wir sind letztes Jahr am 7. September gestartet. Eine Woche also noch.

    9/1/20Reply
     
  • Day97

    Troy

    September 3, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Yesterday, Herbert still didn't feel 100% and for some reason, I was knocked out, so we spent another day at Firat's. We were very happy that he didn't mind at all - he was only sad we couldn't eat all of the yummy food he cooked but were happy with dry potato.
    Today, we were good enough to continue riding. The road led along the coast at the beginning before turning inland. It was all nice quiet roads with almost no traffic.
    We arrived at the ancient site of Troy, UNESCO World Heritage. Of course, we climbed up the famous horse before visiting the site where you could still see remnants of those 9 cities built on top of each other. The good thing about travelling in Corona times is that you can visit the tourist places almost by yourselve. Except for some 10 other visitors, we had the whole site to ourselves.
    We continued cycling on secondary roads until we reached the coast again. When we saw a beachfront campground, we decided to call it a day and rest in the afternoon. So we went swimming, relaxed at the beach, visited the nearby ruins of Alexandria Troas and enjoyed our dinner with a view.
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    Florian Köppl

    Ein Pferd? War das nicht ein Hase? 🤓

    9/7/20Reply
    Her Bert

    Bildungslücke beim guten alten Homer 😂

    9/8/20Reply
     
  • Day98

    Coastline cycling

    September 4, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    As it's really hot every day, we left early and only had breakfast after some 20km. We found a nice spot with picnic tables on the beach.
    The day felt pretty tough as we are still a little weak. So again, we decided to have a short day. After visiting "land's end" Babakale with its well maintained fort, we went to Akliman Beach to camp. And as we are on the Western side of Turkey, we could enjoy one of those cheesy sunsets over the ocean :)Read more

    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Gar nicht kitschig, sondern richtig romantisch💕😉

    9/4/20Reply
    CundA aus NY

    Bei dem Natur Schauspiel muss das Bier besonders lecker gewesen sein

    9/5/20Reply
     
  • Day100

    100 days Transeurope

    September 6, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    It's been 100 days now, since we started our "Covid-postponed Americas Substitute Trip" how one of our warmshowers host once called our bike tour now.
    We had a short day to Ayvalik where we were going to stay. In Akcay, we stopped for breakfast at the beach, before flying to Ayvalik with strong tailwinds from Eastern directions. This time, we didn't mind the highway as we could go really fast on the smooth surface.
    We liked Ayvalik straight away. It's a good sized town with an old center with tiny streets, markets and stone houses. The harbour is also nice with all the bars and restaurants. It's touristy, but in a good way, mainly Turks and in Corona year only half of the normal amount.
    Tara, an American lady immigrated to Turkey some 30 years ago, welcomed us in her home. She loves animals and has a dog and 9 cats. We spent the afternoon exploring the old town and taking a ferry to the peninsula Cunda which was also really cool. At night, we cooked dinner while Tara introduced us to some good Turkish wines.
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    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu 100 Tage "Go East" und einem Jahr unterwegs sein. 👍🚵👣 Wie wählt ihr eigentlich eure Route aus ? Habt ihr eine grobe Orientierung bzw ein bestimmtes Ziel ? Oder laßt ihr euch treiben und inspirieren ? Oder folgt ihr Tipps von anderen ? Ich bin jeden Tag gespannt, welche Richtung ihr eingeschlagen habt.

    9/7/20Reply
    Her Bert

    Danke. Wir haben eine grobe Vorstellung von der Route und den Highlights die wir sehen möchten. Die genaue Tourenplanung ergibt sich häufig aus den Tipps der Einheimischen.

    9/8/20Reply
    Michael Burghardt

    Freut mich das ihr eine gute Zeit in der Türkei habt! Wenn wenig los ist... visiert auf jeden Fall Kapadokien an!

    9/9/20Reply
     
  • Day106

    Another beach day

    September 12, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    We continued along the coast to Güzelcamli today. On the way, we came close to Ephesus, one of the 7 wonders of the world. However, we didn't stop as it only opened at 10am and we expected many visitors on a Saturday. The region is quite touristy with those spa&resort hotels and one aqua park after the other.
    We had a longer breakfast stop in Kusadasi though, as we liked the atmosphere of the harbour and treated ourselves with a proper coffee. In Turkey, most people drink black tea and Nescafé or Turkish coffee don't count as decent alternatives for us 😉 Furthermore, we wanted to buy a local SIM card to not be that dependent on wifi spots anymore. However, this is quite complicated without a Turkish ID. Although it's theoretically possible to use a foreign passport for the registration, we tried at 2 shops today and it didn't work for unknown reasons. The system just shows an error message at a certain point in the process.
    The last kilometers to Güzelcamli, we could follow a bike path along the coast. There were many possible free camping options with toilets and showers on the beach as well. However, we had the opportunity to stay Mustafa's for a night. So after some swimming in the afternoon and dinner in the town, we headed to his guesthouse. Mustafa was busy fixing all the bikes of the kids in the neighborhood and seemed to enjoy it a lot.
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    CundA aus NY

    Schön, von Sonnenaufgang bis zum Untergang

    9/15/20Reply

    Wunderschön!! [Petra Deeg]

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  • Day110

    Finally we got one...

    September 16, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    The wind is predictable here: In the morning, it comes from the mountains, so basically Northeastern. At about 10am, it changes to West and blows from the sea. As we are going to go inland, this gave us a quiet morning with a last swim in the sea, breakfast with a view and a coffee in the harbour. We finally left at 10am and cycled with tailwinds towards Milas. Of course, we took backroads, so a lot of steep climbing was involved. The contrast between the seaside and the mountains was immense. Only 20km from Bodrum, people led their cows through the villages and horses and chickens ran around. What a difference to those million dollar yachts we saw yesterday.
    We arrived in Milas and here our really lucky day started. After about 20 attempts to buy a local SIM card in different shops and cities, we finally found a shop that seemed to skip some formal processes, sold us a SIM and it even worked after 2 hours. Wohoo, we are not dependent on restaurant wifis anymore 👍
    While waiting in front of a shop for the SIM card to work, the owner of the shop ordered tea for us - just like that. They use some walky-talky system here that is connected to a tea shop. 5 minutes later, a guy walked over with the tea on a tablet. Walking delivery service so to say 😀
    We also bought some bread in the bakery. When he saw our bikes and heard about our trip, he gave us water to fill up our bottles. Again - just like this. We then wanted to clean our chains and went to a car wash. The two young guys straight away agreed to clean our bicycles - and refused to take any money for it. The bikes haven't been this shiny in ages!
    Last but not least, we went to our host Alp. His mum cooked dinner for us and we spent the evening talking a lot about the Turkish society. He is also a bike mechanic, so he and Herbert also exchanged some technical information about the bicycles.
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    Petra Deeg-Brockhage

    Die Gastfreundschaft und Hilfsbereitschaft in der Türkei ist echt der Hammer!!

    9/21/20Reply
    Petra Deeg-Brockhage

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  • Day117

    Different world

    September 23, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    For the first time here in Turkey, we had a very boring route. Everything is relatively flat and dry in this region, only some rare agriculturally used land. So our goal was to cycle as many kilometres as possible. At first, we followed a busy highway which was no fun, but fast at least. After 75km,we were looking for a place to eat when suddenly a man came running towards us. He was the owner of the gas station we had passed 200m ago and he invited us to join him for lunch (which he had just cooked) and tea (of course). This can only happen in Turkey!
    After lunch, we had enough of the highway and turned into secondary roads. Finally, the noise of the cars was gone. However, cycling got harder as the wind had picked up (against us) and roads got a little worse.
    So after 140km we called it a day. We had arrived in Altinekin which is a small village and really in the middle of nowhere. In general, it seems like a different world here. People seem to be more religious (more women are covered and people greet in the religious way), houses look more run down, people stare at us even more... We asked around where we could possibly pitch our tent for the night and got pointed to a public park. What a perfect spot! Located on a hill with a 360° view, picnic tables and a water source. We didn't want to pitch the tent before dark, so we went back to the center to buy groceries. Here, we got invited to some tea again, so we sat down with some locals at the village tea shop. Then we started cooking at our campspot. 2 guys came by and invited us to their restaurant for dinner. Too bad we had started cooking already. Next, a family came up the hill to say hi. I think, the whole village knows we are here by now, so let's see if more people are going to show up.
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    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Mich beeindruckt diese unglaubliche Gastfreundschaft !

    9/23/20Reply

    What a wonderful trip! I've been following since I briefly met you in Gonzaga Bay, Mexico. You stayed at our friends place. All the best to you both!! [Bonnie]

    9/23/20Reply
    Meike Grothe

    It definitely is!! And of course, we remember you, Bonnie :)

    9/24/20Reply
     
  • Day118

    Salt Lake

    September 24, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We didn't make it to Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, but Turkey has a huge Salt Lake to offer instead. So that's where we went today. On the way, Hadji stopped us right at the time when we were looking for a breakfast place. He invited us to join him because he saw us on the road and generally enjoys company for his meals. As he used to live in Switzerland 20 years ago, he could speak some German, so communicating wasn't to difficult.
    We met lots of friendly greeting people and had to turn down some offers for a talk or tea as we still had a long and exhausting way to go. In order to get to Tuz Gölü (= Salt Lake), we had to cycle on a long dirt road through a lot of flat nothingness. As it hasn't rained since April, the lake was completely dry and we could walk, cycle and make funny photos on the white salt.
    After some time, we continued to Sultanhanı where we are staying on a small family run campground. Here, we visited the Kervansaray which used to be a safe accommodation for the merchants along the silk road.
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    Petra Deeg-Brockhage

    Amazing!!!

    9/25/20Reply
    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Witzige Ideen, mitten im "Schnee"😊

    9/26/20Reply
     
  • Day122

    Balloon watching

    September 28, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Wake up time: 5am. As we are in Cappadocia, we really wanted to watch the hot air balloons. And as they start before sunrise, we had to hike up to the viewpoint early as well. So we climbed up to a cliff right next to the town center. The village was still lieing in the dark, but we could watch the minibuses driving around picking up customers and transporting the baskets for the balloons.
    And suddenly, we heard the sound of the air getting blown into the balloons. It got brighter and all around us, we started seeing more and more balloons standing up. And one after the other left the ground. In the end, we counted about 70 colourful hot air balloons around us - what a fantastic view!
    After this start, we had a quiet day. We cycled to Avanos in order to get new chains for the bikes. The first bikeshop only had very cheap ones that are not suitable for our type of touring, so we tried to find another one with the help of some locals. The second shop had one good quality chain - and an Afghani mechanic who spoke some very basic English and was called to translate. As they had never worked on a Rohloff setup before, they were totally confused and didn't know how to change the chain. So Herbert had to show them. In the end, it worked out and everyone was happy.
    We checked out the town center, which was actually quite nice, and had some lunch. Interesting to see that prices are about 20-30% of the Göreme prices only because it's not touristy. Back at the hostel, we went for a swim in the pool and Herbert did some bike maintenance. Then we went for a walk around town again and hiked to the cliff again, this time to get a sunset view of the rock formations here.
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    Elisa Köppl

    🤩

    9/29/20Reply
    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Phantastisch 😍

    9/29/20Reply
    Katrin und Stefan

    😍wow sooooo beautiful 👌🏻💕

    9/29/20Reply
     

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