Troy and the Trojan horse

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Nov 12, 2010

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Flag of Turkey  , Çanakkale,
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The campground near Kavala was right on the sea. The view of the Med was beautiful and you could see how this campground would be very crowded during the summer months. It had a very nice beach, changing and shower complex, snack shops, and a restaurant - all closed while we were here.

On our way to the border, we went through the town of Kavala, which is perched on some cliffs over the sea. Beautiful small town. 

 Crossing the border into Turkey proved interesting. When we entered Turkey, it took quite a while to get through customs, showing our passports 3 times at several different stations. Each time, we would drive forward to another station where they would look at our passports and and send us on to the next station. Then, we paid for our visas and moved on. Overall, we were at the border for probably one and a half hours, waiting to talk to one official and getting his ok before being sent to the next official person. Quite an experience, but we were very thankful that we didn't have to go through this each time we entered a new country.

Soon after arriving in Turkey, we stopped at a gas station. After filling up, Dale was on his way back from paying and I was sitting in the van, when suddenly I heard something hitting the van and saw water droplets spraying everywhere. I had no idea what was going on until I saw a man with boots on and a hose in hand, washing our van. He did a great job and Dale tipped him. I guess this is something they do here in Turkey. Pretty good idea since the roads here are rough, dirt, part-gravel and generally in very poor condition much of the way. We would see whole sections of almost completed roadway to the side of where we were traveling. It looked like it had been that way for quite a while. 

Next, we took a small ferry across the channel called the Narrows and started down to Troy. By the time we got close, it was dark and we were out in the middle of nowhere, driving in the pouring rain on very dark roads. (not my favorite thing to do). As we got closer to Troy, we were looking for campgrounds or hotels, anywhere to stay the night. We suddenly saw a sign for campers, so Dale stopped to back up when a man came running out from the area signaling us. He told us that we should stay at his little spot, which had electricity, and a small restaurant. At that moment, I knew he was sent from God. I was so glad to see him and his place was a family owned business, very nice and well maintained.

The next morning, we were able to see that indeed his was the only place to stay the night. So cool how the Lord provides. We visited Troy that day and had coffee in his little restaurant where his mother does all the home cooking for people. Amazing place.
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