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    • Day11

      Bus kaputt

      May 17 in Turkey ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

      "Ist ein Mechaniker an Bord"?

      Wo Rallye ist, wird geschraubt. Selbst am Transfer-Bus nach Antalya. Der Riemenspanner einer der Lichtmaschinen hat schlapp gemacht - einer der Schrauber aus dem rosa Volvo-Team kümmert sich bei der Pinkelpause.

      Update: Es ist 5 Uhr. Wir sind 120 km vor Antalya. Unser Bus ist kaputt. Also richtig kaputt. Wir steigen um im Kleinbusse vom Schlage Pussy-Shuttle, und weiter gehts.

      Update II: Um 7 Uhr kommen wir in unserem Hotel in Antalya an. Frühstück, Verrichtungen, und dann ab in die Stadt.
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      Traveler

      Ich schmeiß mich weg, Ihr erlebt Sachen ... seid Ihr sicher dass Euch nicht das Orga-Team ein bisschen hochnimmt? :-)

      5/16/22Reply
      Traveler

      Ihr macht es richtig. Wenn ihr es auf der Fähre nicht hinbekommt, sprecht mal mit Orly oder dem Grutarallye-Team. Wenn euch jemand in Israel jemand organisieren kann der das schnell hinpfuscht, dann die. - wer lesen kann 🙈. ist ja gar bicht eurer Bus 😂

      5/16/22Reply
       
    • Day10

      Ein Schiff wird kommen...

      May 16 in Turkey ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

      Pünktlich haben wir den Hafen von Mersin erreicht, wo wir nun unsere wüsten Schiffe auf einen Frachter verladen werden, auf dass man sie gen Israel schaukle. Vor den Fahrern liegt eine achtstündige Busfahrt nach Antalya, von wo aus es übermorgen in aller Herrgottsfrüh per Flieger nach Tel Aviv geht.
      Damit uns bei der Einreise in Israel mit verpflichtendem PCR-Test keine böse Überraschung ereilt, haben wir am Hafen schnell ein mobiles Testzentrum eröffnet und uns selbst nasal nach Viren durchsucht. Alle sauber.
      Ironie des Schicksals: Ab 20. Mai fallen in Israel eh alle Covid-Einreisebeschränkungen weg.
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      Hallo Maier´s Buaba und auch dem RestTolle Bilder und Eindrücke die ich (seit heute ) sehe. Euch allen weiterhin viele interessante Erlebnisse.Grüße aus Schwaben. Thomas [Thomas Märkle]

      5/16/22Reply

      Grüssle aus dem Allgäu - Carmen [Carmen Cremer]

      5/17/22Reply
       
    • Day118

      Der letzte macht das Licht aus-wir gehen

      December 5, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Schön war es in der Türkei und das Wetter sprach dafür zu bleiben. Doch leider wurde das öffentliche Leben so weit beschränkt, dass fast alles geschlossen hat. So holten wir noch schnell unseren Hundepass, verbrachten eine erholsame Nacht und nahmen Kurs auf Bulgarien. 😊

      Der Grenzübergang verlief nach einer kurzen Kontrolle glatt. :)
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      Traveler

      Schade, aber nun könnt Ihr von Euren Erlebnissen zehren und Eurem kleinen 🐕‍🦺 seine neue Heimat zeigen. Willkommen zurück in UF 👍

      12/10/20Reply
      Kaktuscamper

      Danke. Ja, es war eine sehr schöne Zeit in der Türkei. 🤩

      12/10/20Reply
      Traveler

      dank der Heizung seid ihr flexibel, das ist doch gut. Bulgarien hätte letztes Jahr auch gerne noch gesehen. viel Spaß ☺️

      12/10/20Reply
      Kaktuscamper

      Der Bus ist auch für kältere Jahreszeiten auagestattet. Unser Kleiderschrank leider nicht. 😂 Wir wollten eigentlich schon weiter im warmen sein. Werden jetzt erstmal etwas wärmeres zum anziehen kaufen ❄️😄

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    • Day154

      Fortress beasts and night guards

      October 30, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Our day started with breakfast at the hotel and a swim in the sea. Not bad! We had decided to take it slowly today, so no rush. Our first stop was after 10km only. We visited Marmure Fortress after Recep, the gardener of the site had invited us to a glass of tea. The fortress is huge and you have a great panoramic view from the top of the tower. The moat is full of turtles guarding the fortress.
      Afterwards, we cycled along the beach of Anamur. There's a long sandy beach and some hotels, so not too appealing to us. The city itself - like pretty much all villages around here - is full of greenhouses for banana plants.
      Our next stop was an ancient city again. We had our lunch here with the ruins in the back and a view of the ocean - what a nice place!
      Before setting up camp, we wanted to cycle a bit further and climb one of the upcoming hills. On the ascend, a scooter stopped on the other side. The driver indicated us to stop and handed over some bananas. On the other side of the hill, we followed the old road and reached a bay again. The village and the beach looked deserted. Cars don't usually pass here anymore as the new road with its tunnels leads through the mountains. However, there was a police station, so we asked them if it's ok to camp at the beach. Of course, it was. The police men also gave us food and water and offered to watch us during the night. And indeed, once it got dark, they checked if everything was ok, if the fishermen bothered us and if we needed more food.
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    • Day80

      Traumfleck irgendwo bei Silifke

      October 28, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Weiter ging es in Richtung Mersin. Auf dem Weg lag dieser Traumstrand umgeben von hohen Felsen. (Die 10 minütige Holperpiste nahmen wir dafür gerne in Kauf). 😁
      Uns gefiel es so gut, dass wir am nächsten Tag nach einem kleinen Einkauf wieder kamen und noch 2 Tage verbrachten. 🤩🌞🏖️
      In Mersin selbst suchten wir einen Stellplatz und fanden ein großes Fest mit Livemusik. 🎷
      Im nachhinein stellte sich heraus, dass der 29.10 ein Nationalfeiertag ist. Schöne Art Feiertag, an dem sich die ganze Stadt versammelt und feiert. 🥁🙃
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    • Day153

      Tunnels and hills

      October 29, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Today's route took us along the Mediterranean coast. It was a really beautiful but also exhausting road, as it went constantly up and down. We also passed some tunnels and the Turkish Government is building even more. We think that in maybe 3 years, cars can basically go to Antalya in a straight line through the mountains.
      We ended up staying at a small hotel, had dinner in the center of the village and watched the sunset. And of course, we jumped into the sea to cool down after a day of riding!
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      Traveler

      Da bekommt man gleich Lust auf Meer.

      10/29/20Reply
       
    • Day152

      Heaven and Hell

      October 28, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Finally, we got out of the very busy traffic and into a more quieter area. As most of the time here in Turkey, there were some sights on our way as well. We saw "Kız Kalesi" (Girls Castle) which is in the middle of the sea, about 500m from the shore. Next, we visited "Cennet - Cehennem", the Caves of Heaven and Hell. The caves are a natural phenomena and quite impressive. There's an underground river that had formed a cave system. And when the roof of the caves collapsed, those two big "holes" were left and you can now visit them. The "hell" is a 130m deep hole, 50m in diameter which you cannot access but admire from a platform at the rim. "Heaven" cave is bigger and accessible, so we walked down the stairs to explore. There's also a little church built inside which looked kind of cool. And of course, there's also a Greek myth around Zeus related to these caves which gave them their names.
      Afterwards, we visited Astım Cave ("Asthma Cave") with its colourful stalagmites and stalagtites which is believed to cure asthma, hence its name.
      We then continued cycling until it was time to find a campspot, go for a swim and cook dinner.
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    • Day151

      Finally at the Mediterranean Sea

      October 27, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Turkish times... Instead of our usual start around 7am, we adapted to the Turkish rhythm today. Around 10am, we left the apartment and drove to the wedding dress shop where our bikes were waiting for us and where we had breakfast. Before leaving, Süleyman had a surprise for us: Each of us got 4 (!) bike shirts designed and produced by him and his girlfriend. This more than doubled the number of shirts we carried with us for the last 14 months 😂
      Dressed in the new shirts, we left the shop. Süleyman then had another surprise for us. He took us to the townhall where we got to meet the major of Yenişehir, one of the 4 districts of Mersin. This was quite an experience as he came out of the townhall with his security personnel and a professional photographer and journalist. We shortly talked about our trip, he wished us all the best for the rest of our journey. They promised to send us the pictures, so hopefully we can add one later.
      Afterwards, Süleyman cycled with us on the 15km bike path leading out of the Mersin before waving goodbye. It was now past noon, when we hit the road - Turkish schedule 🤷‍♀️
      Finally back at the sea (now by daylight), we first had some icecream. Then we went on for a while but didn't feel like biking too much. So we stopped at a campsite after only 45km, set up camp and went for a swim.
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      Traveler

      Wie kommt es zu den Kontakten, die ihr habt ? Kommen diese spontan zustande ? Oder über Medien bzw. Plattformen ? Die Aufmerksamkeit ist ja enorm ! Und auch was so alles für euch organisiert wird. 👍

      10/27/20Reply
      Traveler

      Oft nutzen wir die warmshowers Webseite, das Netz hier in der Türkei ist super! Und viele dieser Kontakte haben dann wieder Freunde in anderen Städten, an die sie uns weiterleiten. Besonders gut funktionieren auch die Radsportvereine. Die sind immer total begeistert, wenn sie uns internationale Radfahrer aufnehmen können. Für sie ist es dann auch Publicity innerhalb der Stadt, um mehr Zustimmung für das Radfahren generell zu bekommen.

      10/29/20Reply
      Traveler

      👍Danke !

      10/29/20Reply
       
    • Day150

      Cradle of civilization 2.0

      October 26, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Cycling was terrible today, as traffic between Adana and Mersin is a pain! And there's not really any secondary roads to avoid it.
      However, we experienced Turkish hospitality at its best again. In the morning, Asiye took us out for breakfast. Tekin, the leader of the cycling group came by to say goodbye. He asked us, if we want to have a look around in Tarsus and meet one of his cycling friends. And as Tarsus is about half way and we knew the way to Mersin was relatively quick, we agreed. Because, why not stopping for a tea for an hour and meeting a local?
      But here, we had ignored all our previous experience again. The hospitality was overwhelming again. Of course, the guys in Tarsus had prepared a full program for us. It started with a reception at a primary school, the workplace of Göghan, our contact. The director of the school invited us for coffee, biscuits and tea, another teacher and cyclist brought lunch and we also got a tour around the school. They tried eagerly to convince us to stay in Tarsus for a night and were very sad when we insisted on continueing those 30km to Mersin.
      After the school, Mehmet Ali, another cyclist came by to show us around the city. The first stop was at the American Koleji where we met the director who spoke fluent English and gave us some background information Tarsus. The settlement itself is already some 10.000 years old and has been populated ever since. And centre of Tarsus is really quite nice: some excavations, old stone houses, covered markets, a Roman church, and a waterfall. So instead of 1 hour, we spent about 4 hours here and met many nice people again.
      In Mersin, we were welcomed by Süleyman, another friend of Tekin's. We had coffee at his wedding dress shop in the centre where we also met his girlfriend and her son. Afterwards, all of us had fish and Köfte for dinner at a supermarket where they prepare your meet on the bbq straight away. Maybe not the nicest place to sit, but the food was awesome! We finished the evening with a picknick at the sea before going to their apartment.
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    • Day1

      1. Day Mersin I

      August 22 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      I know, I'm late. Meanwhile 3 days, we are currently in Cyprus and leave today for Nicosia for 7 days, hope to catch up in time and be back up to date for you.

      Arriving in Mersin, we took bus number 11 to go to Pocso. What surprised us was that it is a very lively neighbourhood and that you can find many bars and restaurants there.

      After arriving at our accommodation, we visited the Archaeological Museum to learn more about the city.

      Afterwards we went to the sea and had a look at the promenade and walked back to our neighbourhood and sat down in a very trendy bar. Afterwards we went to eat Tantuni, unfortunately I was already so drunk that I forgot to take pictures. :)
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Mersin, مرسين, Mersin ili, Мәрсин, Правінцыя Мерсін, Мерсин, Província de Mersin, پارێزگای مێرسین, Mersinská provincie, Επαρχία Μερσίν, Provinco Mersin, Provincia de Mersin, Mersini provints, Mersin probintzia, استان مرسین, Mersinin maakunta, Մերսինի նահանգ, Provinsi Mersin, メルスィン県, მერსინის პროვინცია, 메르신 주, Mêrsîn, Mersinas ils, मेर्सिन प्रांत, Wilayah Mersin, Provinsen Mersin, صوبہ میرسن, Provincia Mersin, Mersin Province, Mersin eanangoddi, Mkoa wa Mersin, Lalawigan ng Mersin, مەرسىن ۋىلايىتى, Мерсін, صوبہ مرسین, 梅尔辛省

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