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April 28, 2014
ERZURUM to YUSUFELI 166 Km
Otel Almatur. 125 TL (dbl w/breakfast)
Sunny 24 C, late clouds
The main route from Erzurum to Yusufeli was supposed to be extremely scenic and only 2.5 hours, ...
... was dark and unlit. We pulled over to get a better look as soon as we found a suitable spot. It turned out to be the biggest dam in Turkey at 817 ft. high, 2,360 ft. long, and built with 3.4 million cubic meters of cement. While the top is only about four feet wide, the base is a whopping 200 ft. thick. Just completed in February 2012, it was definitely among the most recent additions ...
... Kackar peaks.
Unlike the northern side, which was constantly under a shroud of mist and fog, we had full view of the paradise that is the yaylalar: endless cascading streams running down the mountain, mixture of dense pine-forests and wide and verdant pastures dotted with boulders and wildflowers, tiny village settlements with no connection to the outside world other than the requisite power lines and satellite dishes, and small tracks ...
This is the first place I have stayed for two nights since I left home and the first day I've not been on the bike. I did have a quiet word with her this morning to explain things. Her response was something along the lines of
"About bloody time too"
So we're both happy!
I took a stroll westwards and people watched. Farmers farming, road menders mending, ...
I must have chai insists the young man. Thank you. Then chai turns to the possibiity of a full Turkish breakfast. I hope my refusal is gracious. I ride out of Otlu on a broad dual carriageway. About 18 kilometres later I turn left on to a minor road towards Yusufeli, possibly my destination for the night. I pass a couple of ruined Georgian castles on outcrops, each on an opposite side of the junction of the Penek and Oltu rivers. ...