Heading South

Trip Start May 22, 2009
Trip End Feb 16, 2010

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Flag of Turkey  , Kilis Province,
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Last day in Cappadocia was a dreary one.  Tried to go for another walk to see Love Valley from below and walked straight into a cold air mass.  Thinking that we would be shortly walking away from the clouds it would be OK.  But of course, the clouds changed direction and soon it started to rain.  Trapped in the middle of the valley there was no place to go but onward. 

The path filled with water and become overgrown.  Apparently we weren’t on the path at all, but some sort of water run-off.  Backtracking up and around was the theme of the walk, as when we tried to hit the high ground, those paths often ended and had to return down again. 

Seeing glimpses of civilization at the top of one of the bluffs raised our homes, but the walls are impossible to scale and another canyon came between us and the house I saw   But finally a picnic area came into view and the walls gradually flattened to a more passable grade (and were covered in grass for grip in the rain). 

Up on the highway we started to make a beeline towards town, but being up out of the valley meant the wind was strong and I was getting very cold.  Hearing a friendly little honk from behind I flagged down the bus to take us into town.  Spent the rest of the afternoon trying to get warm and dry before heading out a night. 

Now getting out of Cappadocia seems to be a bit harder than getting in.  Not that getting out is difficult, they just seem to know that they are out in the middle of nowhere and tourists and going to be leaving.  There’s also a bit of a fear factor about getting lost and not finding your way, and I think they’re capitalizing on this.  We paid 35TL for a ticket to get to Goreme - 8 hours by bus.  To leave and take a 6hr bus will apparently cost us 50TL.  But they’ll book it all for you at the hotel and arrange your bus transfer at the next town.  Something’s not right…So I decided that we could do it ourselves.  Get to the next town and then look for our own connecting ticket. 

It wasn’t a problem at all and was cheaper as I’d expected!  I guess the only downfall is that you don’t know the times of the connecting bus and will need to wait around a bit.  But for the money saved…?

Arrived in Gazientep bright and early at 5:30am with plenty of time to load up the bikes, eat some Kavalti, buy some famous baklava, and chat with the tea boy while waiting for the sun to rise. 

Cycling was a dream today!  Out of the mountainous region it was slightly downhill most of the way with a tail wind and sun breaking through.  Yipee!  Covered the 75 km to town before lunch.  Even 2 puncture repairs couldn't’t slow us down.  Crazy road surfacing…I hope Syria’s a might bit better as we’re running out of tubes and patches. 

Now we’ll spend a day in town waiting for some more laundry to dry and clean the mud off our bikes and bags to try and make a good impression at the border. 
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grantdodson on

Pictures...I want pictures!!!! (Yes, I am illiterate.)

2totango on

night bus wasn't too interesting, and then we were cycling so fast they all turned out blurry ;P

get ready, there are going to be a few entries w/o pics!

jaymyson on

Merry Christmas guys! Miss you tonnes! Looking forward to the family trip to get together again!

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