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... decided to go back to the original (expensive) place that we had rejected.
In a sequence of events too complicated to explain, Kim left her suitcase in our care so she could check out on some options across the river. So as we checked in to our hotel (waking up the manager for the second time was not much easier), we had in our possession a large suitcase whose owner had no idea where we were and whose contact info we did not possess. So M walked all ...
... Turkish words we had learned in our short trip - the words for thank you / How much? / slow / stop / water / Do you speak English? / anice-based alcohol / meatballs / tea / yogurt / etc. It's amazing how fast you can learn when you are forced to. We also thought back over the friendly people we had met, who were so patient with our poor Turkish and accommodating with our hand gestures.
... from one of the other rental
companies called the local number on our receipt and 10 minutes later, the rep from the company showed up with our car.
I should say that by this time, our discussions had regressed to mostly hand gestures. In this whole trip, most people spoke very little English, even at the hotels and touristy areas. Be sure to have a good English / Turkish phrasebook with you. We took ...
... a few more hours later, more tea and this time a full meal. More charades, but still very wet.
Third petrol station, not as impressive but they do give me a towel to keep. Still wet.
I eventually arrive in Samsun and for some reason in the rain my bike wants to overheat. I stop and wait in the rain for it to realise its not warm. Im directed to the hotel and park in the foyer.
Another 300km tomorrow and I'll be in Trabzon.
David and I parted in rain that had started just after we broke camp. It continued until I reached Havza at about 11am. I ducked into a lokanta for an Iskembe soup followed by Kuru Fasulye (Baked Beans) with a mountain of bread. It costs about 7TL.
The rain had stopped when I left and I climbed steadily up to 900m before sailing down into Kavak for another meal. This time I had Paça ...