Day 519-522 – 24.-27. June 2015

Day 519: I left Van and cycled south of the lake to the west. The road was nice and I had some wind from the rear.

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After 60 km I was half way to Tatvan and I had some mountains ahead. I was stopped by some young people from the Jandarma. They where very interested in seeing my bike. They offered me some water and gave me baclava to eat. One of  them lived in England and so he translated my story to the others.IMG_1467

I just told them that I might want to find a ride to Tatvan and 10 minutes later they found a truck driver who took me the next 60 km to Tatvan.

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We put the bike into the empty truck and I had a very comfortable ride through a wonderful landscape.

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In Tatvan I stayed in the same Hotel like one year before.

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Day 520:  At 10 am I left Tatvan and climed 100m to 1800m. After that the next 70km was a very long decent. I remembered coining up the same way one year ago and it was so much harder.

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After 90 km I found a nice wooded area where I camped.

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Day 521: It was very hot and the road was a constant up and down. I was exhausted and happy to find a place to camp after 75 km.

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Day 522: In the morning a sheperd came to my tent and wanted to have some money for the camping. I gave him 1€ and he was not very happy about it, but he did not argue. Another man came (I thing it was his boss and he called him) and they waited and watched me packing. Just before I was finished they were suddenly gone.?

The 70km to Diyarbakir were very difficult because there where 7 or 8 big valleys and always a climb and decent.

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Finally I reached Diyarbakir and went to Vedat´s appartment. I stayed at his place last year for 3 days and we had a great time. Because I lost my iPhone6 in Iran and could not call him I went to a little shop close by and asked someone if I could use his phone.

There where several people sitting in front of the shop and offered me a place to sit. One of them called Vedat and said he was coming after about one hour. So I sat down and told my story to the people.

It was very nice to see Vedat again.

Day 519: 69,66 km  all: 15.253 km

Day 520: 92,15 km  all: 15.345 km

Day 521: 74,92 km  all: 15.420 km

Day 522: 69,63 km  all: 15.489 km

 

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