Sep 05, 2010
Aug 21, 2011
Where I stayed
Durusu Park Hotel
. He overtook us and pulled over, waving us down as we got closer. He told us the road was going nowhere and that Istanbul was the other way. We explained that this was the plan and we wanted to creep into the city the back way (how we explained that in Turkish I am not sure). Anyway, he seemed to understand and he waved us on his way. It is these encounters that really make each day special and it gave us the push needed to finish the days ride. We saw the sign for Durusu Park Hotel, very excited we drew up at the security gate and were greeted by two uniformed men who asked if we were trying to camp. They looked a little surprised when we said we had a reservation in the hotel but on we went, 2 miles down through private grounds to the hotel reception. We were shown to a beautiful room overlooking an inlet of The Black Sea. All seemed to be going so well. 4 hours later and still no hot water for a shower we were feeling less pleased!
On waking up this morning I discovered I had been attacked by bed bugs during the night. Absolutely covered in bites made for quite an uncomfortable time and it had also zapped some energy. For breakfast at the hotel we were joined by two adorable puppies. They played around hoping we would share some food with them, all they got was a telling off from the waiter and a couple of sugar cubes which for some reason he thought would be good for puppies. We thought today looked like a fairly straightforward day, only 50 miles to cycle, a nice hotel waiting at the other end and no sign of any big climbs along the way. Oh, we were wrong. It was a really tough one, endless hills and scorching heat made the ride less than enjoyable. We did not even have a good lunch to cheer us up, just bread and chocolate spread which somehow Polly had saved from AUSTRIA! As we got closer to Durusu, our destination for the day, we met a lovely farmer going home on his rickety old tractor. He had seen us checking the map at a junction and then followed us, obviously concerned that we were lost