Day 30, Aug 11 (112km) - Is this Germany?
Trip Start Jul 13, 2012
35Trip End Aug 16, 2012
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The ride itself was not too bad. The usual mid to high 30s with a mountain to cross but was just over 100km. I could take my time. About have the cars were German that passed me on my way down the Gallipoli Peninsula and I am sure some of the others were Germans in rentals based on their excessive speeds, especially around corners. AT least the roads are generally very good here but they drive like that on the mountain roads in fjord country in Norway where the roads are single lane but two-way traffic
I arrived at the ferry from Eceabat to Çanakkale with one minute before it was leaving - good timing for a change. Çanakkale was full of life and really felt like a resort town. Which it is with the exception, of all other resort towns like this, of not having a beach. It really seemed like people were headed to a beach. Because of the history of the area there were quite a few Australians and some New Zealanders walking about. The battle of Gallipoli was like their Battle of Vimy Ridge for Canadians (except they lost) and they somehow grew up as a nation. Funny how killing people in generally senseless battles for the rich and powerful makes you grow up. I was always taught that working out your differences through peaceful common understanding and discussion was what made a person mature. Ah the writers of history.
ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) was all over the place. When is the last time you saw such tribute to a losing invading force. This is a special place and resonates at the core of Turkey.
There was some sort of celebration/festival going on and there was a free open air concert right next to the hostel I was staying at
With my time winding down and my energy levels still pretty good but still a bit low I decided that I did not want to bike out to the site of ancient Troy tomorrow and relax a bit. So I booked a tour for the morning it was organized so that one could also continue and take an extensive tour of Gallipoli. I am in. I can be a regular tourist sometimes.