Inertia and the Art of Motorcyling in Love Valley.
Trip Start Oct 30, 2005
59Trip End Jun 19, 2006
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The best part was that it finally broke me free of the shackles of the inertia that had seized me ever since I arrived in Turkey. Sick as a dog when I hopped off my overnight bus from Aleppo, into a maudlin and drizzly Goreme morning, I was not in the best frame of mind, and a one-two combination of my comedown from Syria and sheer travel fatigue had me hitting a big brick wall. I was knackered, exacerbated by the fact that I'd just spent 20 out of the last 24 hours on a bus, and fed up with the vagaries of being on the road. There was only one more country to conquer on this trip, but like Alexander's army mutinying on the banks of the River Hyphaeus, my body and my head were not up for it.
So for a couple of days, it was a case of sleeping and just hanging out in the Bat Cave -one of the cave rooms that are such feature of many of the backpacker hostels in Goreme
A day's hard-core mountain-biking through the Valley of the Fairy Chimneys, followed by an afternoon of blowing away the cobwebs on my speed demon Yamaha definitely took care of all my adventure needs for Goreme, and for the rest of my week, I couldn't have asked for a better place to chill. I even bumped into an old friend from Uni, Kelly, who strolled into the Pansion mere minutes after I arrived ("Of all the caves, in all the pansions, in all the world..."), which was fantastic. She'd just gotten into town on the Fez Bus, Turkey's slightly more mature version on Europe's Contiki tours, and brought a great crew of people with her. So it was that I found myself surrounded by new friends to meet, and the perfect antidote to my traveller's malaise.
I'll be ready for Istanbul in no time!