Which Way to Turn?
Trip Start May 22, 2009
197Trip End Feb 16, 2010
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All the places I’ve looked before failed. Tourist shops, book stores, grocery stores, gas stations, junk stores, school supply stores. Where else could I look? I even tried a few car rental agencies thinking that when giving cars to tourists maps might go well, but apparently not!
People are certainly kind enough through
We’re experienced world travelers now. What do we need a map for?
Setting off, upon arrival at the first junction there was a looming ‘no bicycles’ sign on the entrance to the highway. And none of the other directional signs showing names of towns matched anything on our maps. Which way would lead to a better road? Which was going the way we wanted? Who knows! Seems as though you need to be born and raised here to know which way to turn.
We decided to head towards the coast and try following the water. It worked well for us in the Peloponnese, so it might work here…
Went through a cute little town and saw a sign for a campground! But the further we cycles away the more disheartened we became. Not quite a main coast road, this road got smaller and smaller and more and more filled with potholes until it ended at a dead end along the water. Where were the motels, restaurants, and sea-side campgrounds that were advertised on the various signs I followed? There was what looked to be one private residence and that was all
We must have stood around bewildered long enough led the dog to bark enough to alert someone inside. Turns out there are no coastal roads and we’ll have to backtrack to Cesme and try to find an old road that shadows the bike-banning highway.
But that something that can be worried about tomorrow. Now we’re being led through a property to have tea while listening to booming Turkish music and watching the sun glint off the waves.