Best Campsite EVER!!!
Trip Start May 22, 2009
197Trip End Feb 16, 2010
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Where I stayed
on a ridge overlooking the sea beside an ancient Lycian wall
Finally, we kicked our butts into gear and got things ready to head out
The terrain wasn't as steep as the last few days have been, bit I seem to b e a lot weaker than before. Combination of the sickness that drained us, and not keep up our stamina, I think. Brian doesn't have the same issues as me and keeps complaining about my speed. Funny how 2 people can be so different. i find the physical part challenging, and he's finding the mental part challenging.
Wild camping has always been a bit strange for us. We've done it a few times out of necessity, but now we get to do it out of choice. But how do you choose and find a spot?
We thought about along a beach, but I was worried that it would be too built up with resorts. Brian liked the idea of going near some caves we saw on a map, but I was worried that the terrain would be too steep for the tent.
Around 4pm with the sun already set behind a mountain I saw a little dirt road with a small sign indicating a beach 3km. This one would surely not be popular. No hotel signs visible. Actually, nothing was visible. Just a washed out gravel road heading up over the mountain.
Too steep for me today and my tires kept slipping on the loose rocks, so I ended up walking
Nearing the top of the pass, Brian began to question the sanity in plunging down towards the beach only to climb back out first thing in the morning.
An old Lycian wall or aquaduct (a little research afterwards tells me it may be the Patara Waterway or Delik Kemer) with archaeological digs all around. Walking through an opening in the wall led to a tranquil terraced olive grove sloping down to a rocky shore and unbelievable views. What a perfect spot to camp!
Getting our gear up to the site proved a little more difficult than planned. As part of the Lycian
Sat in silence and watched the stars come out. So bright I wanted to just sit and stare all evening. They looked like they were coming towards the earth to envelop me. Making a bit of cay to try and warm up the hands, I watched shooting stars light up the night.
In the morning I was greeted with a beautiful sky full of pinks and purples. Watching the sky lighten from our little perch, I made our first Turkish Kahve in my little pot. What a great way to greet the day.
What a place to spend a night, spend a life. But on we continued. A beautiful sunny day of cycling taught us exactly why they call this the ‘turquoise coast’. Shining waters, rugged coast, secluded beaches where the waves have pounded sand out of the rocks.
If only the weather holds we can enjoy a few more of these!