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  • Day132

    Ovit pass

    October 8, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Today was definitely one of the most scenic stages of our tour. We had breakfast at our campsite and had to go back into climbing mode straight away. After only 18km, we had climbed over 1300m to reach the highest point of the pass and our Europe trip so far. We could have cycled through a 14km-long tunnel and save 450m, but of course we chose the scenic road over the pass. It was tough, but totally worth it!
    Going down was cold, but great fun! Most of it was a smooth 4-lane road which we had almost to ourselves. The scenery was very different on this side of the pass. It had changed from green to brown again and at the top, there was no vegetation at all. Unbelievable how people can live there permanently in those wooden sheds or tentlike buildings.
    After the descend, we had to climb again. We made another 450m of elevation gain and then pitched our tent a bit away from the road. We had great sunset views here, but it's also VERY windy. We hope it will calm down once the temperature decreases as well.
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    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Danke für diese phantastischen Bilder! Diese leuchtenden erdigen Farben, passend zum Herbst. 🍁

    10/8/20Reply
    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Wovon leben die Menschen in dieser kargen Landschaft ?

    10/8/20Reply
    Her Bert

    Vermutlich von Luft und Liebe. Einige haben Kühe oder Schafe. Vegetarier gibt's dort also keine.

    10/8/20Reply
    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    😅

    10/8/20Reply
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  • Day135

    Cold and hot

    October 11, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    The first time on this Europe trip, it was below 0°C during the night and our tent was frozen when we got up. It was hard to get out of the warm sleeping bag, but we hurried up to start cycling.
    After about 20km, we reached Karliova where we bought some bread for breakfast. People greeted us in a language that didn't sound like Turkish, so we assumed it was Kurdish. At the exit of the village, we saw a gas station with a bench, so we stopped here to eat our breakfast. The guys at the gas station were so friendly. When they heard our story, they brought us tea to warm up and some cake.They even got more bread from the bakery for us. One of them used to live in Hamburg, so he could translate. He told us that the majority of the people in Karliova are Kurds and speak Kurdish. When we finally left, they gave us a bottle of water each.
    The next 45km were rolling, up and down all the time, but with nice tailwinds from the North. Then, the wind changed to South unfortunately, so the rest of the day was harder. There's also much more police and military presence in this area. Unlike anywhere else in Turkey, we got stopped twice today for a passport control.
    We stopped in Genc for lunch before conquering the hardest part of the day: 3 steep climbs (around 10%) of about 200m each. And by now, the afternoon sun was burning, so we sweat a lot. Shortly after the top of the last pass, we found a spring to fill up water. And as we like camping up in the mountains, we decided to pitch the tent nearby, have dinner and watch the sunset. At least, it's already a lot warmer than last night.
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    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Romantik pur ☺️Das Bild könnte Werbung für Radreisen in einem Reiseprospekt sein👍

    10/12/20Reply
    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    So wenig Verkehr auf dieser schönen Straße, herrlich.

    10/12/20Reply
     
  • Day138

    Batman sweets

    October 14, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Our destination today was the city named "Batman". We passed by the "10-Eyes-Bridge", an ancient stone bridge across River Tigris where we had our breakfast. The rest of the route led through a relatively flat and dry landscape. Again, we received quite some invitations for tea. We turned down most of them, as we didn't want to cycle too long in the afternoon heat. One car stopped and insisted we take one of their watermelons. They are definitely no cyclists because watermelons are very heavy and way too big to pack. We still took one and ate it a little later.
    We passed many cotton fields and sheep and cow herds. There's also many turkeys and gooses running around. The people are rather poor and kids usually take care of the animals rather than being at school.
    We arrived in Batman early afternoon where our host Mustafa welcomed us. He's one of Fırat's friends and treats us like some special guests even though we can only communicate via Google Translate. He made sure we got enough to eat and took us to a kebab place first. Afterwards, we went to a spice shop where we drank coffee and tried almost all of their sweets and dried fruit before buying some dried apricots in the end. Although we were already full, he also took us to an icecream place. At the end of the night, we had tea and chips at his apartment and watched football: Turkey against Serbia.
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    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Ich beneide euch, ihr könnt so viel essen, wie ihr wollt und all die Köstlichkeiten probieren 😉

    10/15/20Reply
    Her Bert

    Mit dem Kalorienhaushalt haben wir derzeit tatsächlich keine Probleme 😉

    10/15/20Reply
     
  • Day140

    Mardin

    October 16, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    For breakfast, we got soup this morning. It was good, but definitely not enough for a day of cycling. So we bought bread at a bakery and had a second breakfast after just 15km.
    Shortly after, we stopped again. This time, Abdullah invited us for a coffee and some water. He insisted quite firmly, so we had no chance to decline the invitation. He spoke some German and told us proudly about his farm, explained that this region is mainly Arab and showed us videos of his daughter riding the horses on his farm.
    Just about 2 kilometres later, a family stopped us. They gave us maybe 2kg of grapes and a glass of green peppers. Just like that... In order to actually make it to Mardin today, we declined the upcoming invitations for tea 😂
    When we arrived in Mardin, we were very impressed. It's like an outdoor museum and a great setting for any Arab movies. Many old buildings, markets, spices everywhere. We checked into one of those stone house hotels and just walked around to discover this huge maze. Small streets, tunnels, stairs everywhere. A great city to wander around!
    In one street, we met Mehmet, a film director who invited us for coffee at his workshop. He also invited us to his apartment later to have tea on his terrace overlooking Mardin and Mesopotamia. Before, we had dinner and enjoyed some excellent Syriani wine from one of the roof top bars. Hard life!
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    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Was für ein schönes Land, was für eine tolle Reise 👍☀️

    10/17/20Reply
    Jim Cochran

    Beautiful!

    10/19/20Reply
     
  • Day144

    Crossing River Euphrates

    October 20, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Next try: after 14km on the highway, we had enough of the busy highway and turned into secondary roads. What a great choice! We could cycle on decently paved roads with no traffic, nice scenery and many sheep and cows. A bit on the exhausting side with some steep hills, but we enjoyed it.
    We cycled all around the East side of Atatürk Lake until we crossed a fancy new bridge at the North of the lake. This is where River Euphrates comes into the lake. So after the Tigris near Diyarbakır, we now saw the other one of the two important rivers of Mesopotamia.
    The rest of our cycling day was exhausting. We could feel we were low on calories, there was just nothing on the way and the white bread and snacks just wasn't enough. However, we made it to Damlacık, where we wanted to stay for the night. Just before the last corner, the landscape changed dramatically all of a sudden. From smooth hills to rough mountains and volcanoes. What a view!
    The owner of the campground was super nice. Even though we asked (and paid) for a campsite, he offered us a room with a bed and an ensuite bathroom. We accepted the offer but still cooked our dinner in their garden, surrounded by apple and pomegranate trees, cows, hens and a squirrel.
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    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Tolle Fotos ❤️

    10/20/20Reply
     
  • Day146

    Day to relax

    October 22, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    After those exhausting days in the mountains, we decided to have a rest day in Adıyaman. There's not much to see in the city, so we spent the day eating, drinking coffee and tea and meeting people. Hasan and Apo were amazing hosts and took is to all those nice places.Read more

    CundA aus NY

    sieht lecker aus

    10/23/20Reply
    CundA aus NY

    Könnt ihr vielleicht eine Rolle Klopapier mitbringen. Hier sind die Regale schon wieder leer. 😊

    10/23/20Reply
     
  • 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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    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    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
    Meike Grothe

    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
    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    👍Danke !

    10/29/20Reply
     
  • Day156

    Exploring Alanya

    November 1, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Today, we had a relaxed day exploring Alanya. After sleeping in, breakfast and a short yoga session in our apartment, we went to the old part of the city and climbed the castle hill. Next, we went for a swim at Kleopatra Beach, had lunch in Atatürk park and went swimming again. It seems like there's 90% Russian tourists here.
    In the evening, we bought some beers and had a picnic at the harbour. The old city walls are all lit which looked really cool.
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    CundA aus NY

    wunderbar romantisch

    11/1/20Reply
     
  • Day164

    Saklıkent Canyon

    November 9, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We left Fethiye today in order to continue to Saklıkent. The ride was beautiful as we could take remote secondary roads through the mountains and villages full of greenhouses.
    Saklıkent is an impressive, super steep canyon. The first 500m are easily accessible via a wooden bridge. It's also possible to hike further into the canyon and climb up a couple of waterfalls. However, even for us it's too cold at this time of the year.
    As all campgrounds and most of the restaurants around the canyon were already closed, we decided to continue to Patara. There's some ancient ruins which we skipped this time. Instead, we tried to access the beach, but only got to a huge sand dune we couldn't cross with the bicycles. We found a small campground run by a couple of friendly hippies. They shared some of their delicious dinner, cake and lemongrass tea with us.
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    Jim Cochran

    You two look great! ❤️

    11/13/20Reply
     
  • Day173

    Last day on the bikes

    November 18, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Today, we cycled our last stage on our epic bike trip: From Kemer to Antalya. The cities are only about 45km apart and we could see our destination pretty much all the time.
    The road wasn't too interesting. It led through a couple of resort towns that are already closed for the season. Furthermore, the highway was busy and led through some tunnels, so cycling wasn't too much fun.
    However, once we got to Antalya, we were pleasantly surprised again. There's a bike path along the long Southwestern beaches with lots of cafés and many people exercising in the outdoor gyms. We really liked this area.
    We checked into a hotel in the old part of the city, had the obligatory Covid test done, went for a last swim (probably) and explored the harbour during sunset. The atmosphere in Antalya is very enjoyable overall.
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    Anne-Kathrin Ernst

    Schade, eine tolle Reise und damit ein wunderschöner Reisebericht geht zu Ende ! Danke dafür ! Gute Heimreise ✈️

    11/18/20Reply
    Ulrike Thees

    Viel Gesundheit und Freude 🍀✊

    11/18/20Reply
    Jim Cochran

    Oh no! What am I going to read before bed now! Please keep going! We are so happy for your fabulous adventure. Love you both! ♥️ Jim and Lisa

    11/18/20Reply
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