Is it a good idea to jump 6000ft off a mountain??!

Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
Trip End Feb 13, 2011

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Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Monday, August 23, 2010


Bush camp prior to Selcuk was on a rocky beach (not as nice as it sounds as it was next to sewage pipes). And to be honest it was quite uncomfortable and I kept having to move my tent to avoid the prickly bushes coming out of the ground and the ant hills which I seem to regularly pitch my tent next to!! (Quite essential as a lot of people have had a number of holes in their thermarest mats!)

Then we went across on the ferry to – well to be honest I've no clue where we were  but we were aiming for Selcuk!  We had to wait for a couple of ferries as the 1st  had a weight limit of 10 tonnes and our truck tips the scales at a rather whopping 32 tonnes!! (Most of which I think are due to my backpack!)

On the way to Selcuk we stopped at Troy – basically a load of old stones, which may or may not have been some old building in the baking heat…hmmm!!

Selcuk was a campsite next to the beach and we arrived quite late (and having pitched and yet again moved my tent due to an ant hill – what?? They are just following me around now and taunting me!) but a swim under the stars was an absolute must! Absolutely beautiful – we then had a day on the beach which was perfect but it was really really hot (please see pictures of Scott’s back below for proof that suntan lotion is a must and you cannot apply it yourself!!).

We then had a pub quiz – which you can imagine I was brilliant at – NOT! Me, Hilary, Ali and Scott made up my team and the questions were ridiculously difficult and quite frankly we had no clue but somehow didn’t come last despite me writing the most ridiculous answers and us 3 ladies drinking far too much beer (poor Scott chose a bad day to have a dry evening – 3 cackling, drunk witches and I even got into trouble with the quiz master (Mark – one of our Kiwi’s) who threatened to put me on the naughty step if I didn’t stop laughing!)

The next day was Ephesus, which I decided not to visit as I have already been there before and quite frankly didn’t fancy wandering around more ruins in 90 degrees! I tried to chill out but there are always so many people around – alone time is at an absolute premium!

Then we had a truck drive day stopping at somewhere beginning with P which had calcium carbonate rocks – pretty much it was walking around in a stream in the baking heat looking at lots of white rocks – as you can imagine I declined the offer especially when I realised we were bush camping and my team was meant to be on cook duty!

Bush camp was by the side of a stream and a rickety old bridge. Quite a tough cook night as we had to set up about 100 metres away from the truck and it was getting really dark and we had a bit of struggle but our spag bol and garlic bread went down pretty well! Then all 4 of us stayed on the truck which was very hot at 1st but then turned absolutely freezing as were pretty high (someone said – like Ben Nevis – means nothing to me). So we were all trying not to wake each other by getting up and rummaging through our backpacks for sleeping bags and jumpers so consequently we all spent the night freezing to death and having no sleep and getting up at 5.45am to start the fire for Breakfast. Poor Sam was feeling very unwell and was throwing up in the bush (and no, that is nothing to do with my dinner from the previous night!).


We then arrived very hot, sweaty and covered in ash from the fire in Oludinez. Another campsite on the beach – very nice!! We then chilled out on some massive cushions on the beach and swam in the lagoon prior to our truck clean and an excellent dinner! My tent is like a sweat box at the moment and everything is melting or exploding in my tent – and for those of you who mock the clingfilming – ha ha ha ha…I have saved many things by clingfilming and plastic bagging…!!! So neh neh ne neh neh!!

A load of our group went out drinking but I was too tired from not sleeping the night before and doing the truck clean. So one beer before bed and then up early the next morning to go on a boat to visit bays and coves. One of those nice touristy boats (!!) that takes a hundred people out. Our group on board was by far the noisiest and rowdiest – possibly due to the fact that some of them had been drinking since 8am!!  I think there were quite a few people on board who were slightly regretting their choice of a boat trip that day!!

A number of our group had stayed behind to assist in the spit-roasting of a goat (no, to all of you dirty minded people out there!) – which took about 6hours – so much thanks to all of them!!

Then I decided that it would be a good idea to get some adrenalin going so drove up a mountain (6,000 ft) to paraglide off of it!! A little bit of a hairy start as every time we tried to run down hill the wind sent us flying backwards in to the gravel hill and even tangling the parachute with the bloke next to us. (Jan who was watching from behind, as she was up next, was rather horrified!) So in the end 3 blokes ended up trying to pull us forward to try and get us off! Once up (covered in dust with my scrapes and bruises) it was excellent – very calm and serene and we even did some acrobatics – twist, turns, spirals etc and he even let me have a go at steering (I decided not to mention that I have difficulty with left and right – but I didn’t crash into the sea so all was good!) and then you basically land in town. One of our group even managed to land on a German tourist (good show!)!! Photos of me below!

We are going off to Olympus next where I get another bed in a hostel – very very excited about not being in a hot house that is my tent!!! (And yes, the tent is still going strong – more than I can say for others – in Istanbul, Hilton had to buy a new tent and Lauren a new rucksack!!!)
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Karen on

Looks wicked so far Jen, highly entertaining blog! Oh and how do you get tan lines like that???? I cannot imagine! Xx

Claire Wood on

Hey Jen, it looks like you are having a fab time and an amazing experience!!!! Hope everything is going well, and you are coping with your new lifestyle!! It looks like you are as every photo has a big smiling face beaming back!!!!
Take care of yourself hun xxxxxx

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