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... this, we had several nice camping days, including at Ihlara, where we spent the day walking along a shaded valley. Met some swiss and german motorbike tourers and swiss and french camper-van tourers, who were all going the same route as us for a few days.
It's a bit strange to finish cycling; to change the routine we've had the last 3 months. We remember having mixed feelings when we reached Demascus, ...
... south as we wanted to get some information from the border before we crossed tomorrow.
At the border we met some Syrian guys who had driven from Latakia. They said there was absolutely no problems with the roads and everything was "perfect". The only they said was don't drive at night. Gary was now feeling confident which was good, it was nice to get confirmation that we would have no problems going through.
So back into ...
... look. The bus eventually arrived at the rather featureless port of Mersin and then eventually Adana where I got off the bus and sat down at an outdoor kebab restaurant, happy to order anything on the menu and grateful to be alive after that bus trip. So far on this trip through the south coast of Turkey, I'd tried the typical Doner Kebab which most of the western world is familiar with as well as several variations such as Iskender Kebab which is served with yoghurt ...
... found forkfulls of the stuff being proffered from all sides, syrup dripping everywhere! Combined with the dancing, shisha, raw lamb (šiğ kofte), sugay šay and a shot of extremely strong kurdish coffee, we barely noticed the abscence of alcohol.
Anyway, back to the cycle...
After Adana, we had a fair bit of the D400 at it's monotonous best- a long, straight dual carriageway with ...
... but it's (1) a
building site, (2) not like the book describes - White stone, maybe
star shaped with script all around, and (3) we can't find the statue.
But what we do find is so prestigious it must be the right place. We
have asked a policeman and he has ridden in front - our first police
motorcycle outrider escort!
The whole area in front of the building
is hidden behind metal shielding. We are nearly run down by a ...