Day 260-261 – 15.-16. January 2014

Day 260: After another great breakfast at Inge our small group now consists of four cyclist.Alien 003

We thanked Inge for the great hospitality she gave us and left Gazipasa.

The first hill of the day was only 200m but very steep. Probably between 10-13%. After we made it up, the scenery was fantastic and the weather was perfect.

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In the afternoon we had to battle another 300m hill and when we finally made it to the top the sun was already down. At the bottom of the hill we found a beach and could camp in between some high grass.

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Everybody cooked his own meal and after a short episode of a tv series we all went to bed.

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Day 261: After we crawled out of our tents we had some breakfast and packed our things. It was only 9 am when we left our camp area.

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The climbing continued and in addition we had very strong headwind.

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After 35 km, just before the last climb we luckily found a small eating place. We all had some gozleme (like a very lage thin pancake filled with potatoes, cheese or other things).

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We where now fit for the steep climb. Jakob is a very strong climber and was in front. Sarah and Scott walked up a very steep part and I passed them. A few minutes later I was taking a picture and suddenly they passed me on the back of a truck. The truck diver stopped and Scott helped him to fix a small problem. Afterwords he offered to take them up the hill.

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After a fast decent and another 15km we reached Taşucu. We went to the harbor and found out that the fairy to North Cyprus would leave in the night.

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We sat down in a restaurant an discussed our plans. We decided to take the fairy and leave Turkey without spending another night.

Because we had a lot time to kill we had a good dinner and afterwards found a place where we could play okey.

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We where told that we could board the fairy a 10:30 pm but there was a ship from Libanon with Syrian refugees and it took till 1 am to debark everyone.

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Finally at 1:30 am we could go on the fairy. The ship was not very full so we had enough space to sleep.

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At 2 am we left the harbor.

I have to come back to this place to continue my world trip. I Had to leave turkey because of visa issues and till I can come back I am in some kind of „holiday“ from my  only rule. ()

Day 260: 58,43 km  all: 8715 km

Day 261: 54,39 km  all: 8769 km

Day 257-259 – 12.-14. January 2014

Day 257: We left Side to head for Alanya. The rode was flat and we had some tailwind so we where making good progress and reached Alanya at about 2 pm. Becurse it was still early and we were not very interested in the city we decided to go on.

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Just outside of Alanya we met some bikers. Sarah and Scott already met them some weeks before and we had a short chat. They where trying to stop a truck to take them to Taşucu. One hour later they really passed us on the back of a truck.

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After 120 km we made it to Gazipasa and quickly found a hotel.

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Day 258: We started early becurse we had a warmshowers.org host in Bozyazi. The town was 95 km away and the terrain started to get very hilly.

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We climed two big hills from sea level of over 400m and one smaller to 200m. It was very exhausting but we had some magnificent views from above.

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It was getting late and the last km we had to ride in the dark.

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In Bozyazi some people helped us to find the place of our host Inge.

She is German and lived in Turkey for manny years. She has a 9 year old daughter and likes to host people. She has some apartments for rent which were not occupied, so we could stay in one of them.

After we moved in to the apartment she invaded us for a tasty dinner.  We met Jakob from Denmark, who also is on a bike trip and stayed with Ingrid for 5 days.

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Day 259: We stayed an extra day with Inge and her daughter Danyel. After a excellent breakfast we stays at Inge´s apartment relaxing and using her internet. We could convince Jakob to stay one day longer and ride together with us to Taşucu and Cyprus.

Day 257: 121,37 km  all: 8559 km

Day 258: 97,37 km  all: 8657 km

Day 255-256 – 10.-11. January 2014

Day 255:  In Kemer, a dog followed us for almost 10 km. We were afraid that he would get hit by a car, so we stopped at a fruit seller and asked them to hold him until we were too far away for him to follow.

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After 45 km, we reached Antalya and stopped in the center. All off a sudden a guy on a bike showed up and as it turned out he contacted me on facebook several weeks before. Murad helped us to find a place to eat and offered us to stay with him.

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Because it was still early we decided to go past Antalya.  After sunset we started to look for some accommodation. We were very picky and could not find the right place. About 20 km after Antalya, we passed many big resorts and hotels. They were out of our price range and we feared not to find any appropriate place. Between all the big resorts we found one little apart hotel with reasonable prices. The room was big enough to store our bikes in.

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Day 256: The next morning the big resorts became even fancier.

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Back on the main road we had wind from the back and the road was good and flat. We made good speed and reached the next big hotel area in Side in the early afternoon.

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The old town of Side was very nice. Even in winter there are many tourists and all the souvenir and other shops are open. I was stopped by some shop owners and they called Ali.

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Ali was a cyclist and spoke German. He gave me a few tips where to go and when I asked him where we could find a cheap hotel, he took his bike and came with us. Ali invited us for dinner in a very small but unique restaurant.

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Ali showed us a good pension and we probably got a better price through him.

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In the evening I went to the harbor and took some pictures of the sunset.

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Day 255: 70,89 km all: 8359 km

Day 256: 78,55 km  all: 8438 km

Day 252-254 – 7.-9. January 2014

Day 252:  The first 25 km from Kalkan to Kaş was flat and easy, but then we had a big, steep hill to climb. It took us 3 hours to climb to 600 m. The next 20 km was also demanding, because the terrain was hilly and we had three bigger climbs of 50-200 m. The sun was already down when we finally reached the top of the last hill. Now we had to descend to sea level again. 15 km in 30 min! It was dark and very cold in the descent.

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In the next town we asked the police for a cheap hotel and were very happy to have survived a 1500 m climb and one of the hardest days so far.

Day 253: After the long day we decided to take it easy and only go 30 km to Finike. We had time to enjoy the wonderful area and weather.

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In Finike we quickly found a nice hotel at the waterfront and we had a tasty dinner on the floor.

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Day 254: Shortly after the start we had to climb to 600 m again. This time it was a long steady climb. After we were on top, the next 35 km was mostly downhill.

We reached Kemer at about 4 pm and had time to look for a place to stay. We had so many possibilities because the town consisted mostly of hotels, restaurants, shops and supermarkets. We got a very good deal in an apart hotel with a kitchen. So Sarah cooked a wonderful meal again.

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Day 252: 75,76 km  all: 8187 km

Day 253: 31,90 km  all: 8219 km

Day 254: 69,95 km  all: 8288 km

Day 251 – 6. January 2014

After breakfast with Michelle and Mehmet, we said goodbye and went down the hill to head towards Antalya.

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We had to climb a small hill. Afterwards we had a nice and flat ride to the Mediterranean cost. After 80km we reached the historical site Patara. They close the place at 5pm and so we decided it was not worth the entrance fee and went on. We had to climb a 250m hill and when we got to the top it was almost dark. At the bottom we found a cheap pension in the town of Kalkan.

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We went out to get something to eat and we met a local guy. He lived in the USA for most of his life and is now building and selling villas in the area. He even took us with his car to a restaurant where we had a good dinner.

Day 251: 93.75 km  all: 8111 km

Day 246-250 – 1.- 5. January 2014

We started the new year with a small breakfast and met Saina´s sister Sanitar and her boyfriend Pouria.

Sarah and Scott met Michelle and her husband, Mehmet, when they visited Cappadocia a few weeks earlier. Sarah and Scott wanted to see Michelle and Mehmet again, so they picked us up and we drove to the town center. First we saw the harbor, the market, had lunch and a fresh pressed juice.

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We also went to the mountains to a deserted city and a nice beach.

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Michelle invited us to her home for a very tasty dinner.

The next day it was raining almost the whole day. So we only went out to buy groceries and prepared dinner for our hosts.

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In the evening, Mandy and Josh, a couple from the USA also came for dinner and we had a great time. Saina and Sanitar  performed some Iranian songs for us.

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On January 3rd, we met Michelle and she took all our equipment in her car to her home. She lives on top of a steep hill and so we were glad we did not climb up there with our heavy bags.

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We arranged a new picture for my 8000 km.

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We stayed a few days with Michelle, Mehmet, and her father, Gordon. We did some bike repairing and cleaning. Sarah and Scott cooked dinner and the rest of the time we relaxed and had a nice time.

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Day 248: 19,10 km  all: 8017 km

Day 245 – 31. December 2013

After a beautiful sunrise in our wonderful apartment we proceeded to Fethiye.

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We had outstanding weather, the road was flat and we enjoyed riding.

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At 1 pm we stopped at a restaurant and had something to eat in order to conquer the next hill we had to climb.

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We climbed 200 meters and reached a tunnel. We were not allowed to use the tunnel and had to climb another very steep 150 meters to the top. The downhill part was nice and brought us back to sea level.

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It was getting late and the sun was almost down but we still had to go 30 km to Fethiye. We continued on and had to climb three 100 m hills to finally reach our destination.

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Through warmshowers.org Sarah found a host, so we called her and finally managed to find the place.

Saina showed us the apartment, but quickly had to leave for work.

We moved in and went out to eat something. Scott was dreaming for several days about having Chinese food and only a few blocks away we found a good Chinese restaurant.

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Saina joined us at the restaurant and we went back to her apartment and talked until the new year.

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Day 245: 70,81 km  all: 7998 km