Day 387: I left Nuzhet after a good breakfast to go to Adana.
I had to go along a very busy road and it was pretty boring. But the terrain was flat and the wind was calm, so I cycled the 90 km in only 5 hours.
When I reached Adana I was looking for a bike shop where Nuzhet arranged a meeting with a friend whom I could stay with. The shop was not easy to reach and at one time I even ended up on the highway. I had to take the next exit and cycled back a few km. After I asked for directions I finally arrived at the bike shop.
The people from the shop knew I was coming and they called someone to pick me up. I had to wait about 3 hours, because as I learned later,Nuzhet friend Izzet had some flooding in his apartment. While I was waiting the people from the shop offered me several glasses of tea and then invited me also for a Adana Kebab. It was very tasty and after another tea and a selection of nuts from the ajecent shop, Izzet arrived.
He was with his bike, so I followed him to a friends apartment. On the way we stopped for a special ice cone and he also quickly fixed a flat tire.
I met Izzet´s friend Hakan, an university student and I stayed at his place for the night.
Day 388: Hakan made an excellent breakfast witch gave me the power to cycle more than 100 km that day.
After I left the city I saw a lot of onion and sunflower fields. The road was not as busy as before but it was hot. I took the time to cool off in a irrigation aqueduct.
In a small city I bought some groceries and 10 km after the city I found a place to camp. Some thnunderstorms with heavy lightning where around me but I was lucky and only received some rain after I had already finished setting up my tent.
Day 389: The next morning the weather was nice again.
The day started by climbing 900m to a pass. It took me a few hours and when I reached the top a thunderstorm was just developing. I quickly decent to 500m and managed to get away from the weather.
Now I had to climb again. At about 5pm I reached a very small town and found a restaurant. I ate a chicken kebab and met some younger Turkish people who now live in the UK.
Just before reaching the top of the pass, I found a place to stay. At exactly 1000m I camped for the night. I had a wonderful view over the valley.
Day 390: In the morning a shepperd with his sheep came by and we „talked“ for a while.
I had only 45 km to go to Gaziantep and after a 100m climb I reached the top. There I met a group of Jordan and Spanish volunteers and we had a nice conversation.
The rest of the road was mostly downhill and so I reached Gaziantep much earlier than I expected.
I met with Emily and Beyhan whom I met in the hostel in Cyprus. After a shower and new cloth I went to Beyhan´s shop and also met Christa from Cyprus again.
Christa is a neighbor of Emily and Beyhan and so I ended up showing my Photos to her and a nice older sailing couple who lives also in the same building. After to much wine I was glad to sleep on a comfortable couch.
Day 387: 98,15 km all: 11.516 km
Day 388: 105,11 km all: 11.621 km
Day 389: 67,26 km all: 11.688 km
Day 390: 45,95 km all: 11.724 km