Day 91 Goreme – Nigde Saturday 21/10/06
The week off from cycling seems to have done me some good, and I hit the road again with a renewed energy and enthusiasm. I really enjoyed my time in Goreme, and can see myself returning there at some point, as well as seeing the coastal sections of Turkey that I didn't get a chance to visit on this trip. Anyway… Onwards!! The initial hill out of Goreme was a bit tough, but after that I settled into a good ryhthmn. The roads were a bit rough in places, with large stones sealed into the surface rather than smooth tarmac. I figure that this is for when the snow comes, in order to give the car tyres more grip. When I reached Nigde, I booked into a hotel. Although the hostel I had been staying at in Goreme was excellent value with a massive breakfast all for four pounds a night, its major drawback was the showers. They were outside, and with no hot water, so I hadn't really had one in a week. The hotel in Nigde had an actual bath though, so I had a good wallow. Bliss!
Day 92 Nigde – Some town beginning with P Sunday 22/10/06
Day 95 Dortkoyl – Antakya Wed 25/10/06
Another longish day, and quite a tiring one. Midway through, there was a 500 metre rise in a little under 7 kms. Now that may not sound a lot, but what it actually translates into is near vertical climbing for over an hour. The views were pretty good, and the descent compensated, as I then turned a corner, and the wind started pushing me along. About time too! I reached Antakya and booked into a hotel for what will be my last night here in Turkey. I've really enjoyed this country, and the people are just wonderful, and I can see myself returning some day. Tomorrow, I cycle 45 kms to the border with Syria. No doubt there will be a bit of arsing around there, and then I have another 50kms to cycle to Aleppo, which is the first major city in Syria. I've still been unable to buy a map of Syria, but I'm sure I'll muddle through somehow. I'm really looking forwards to the next section through Syria, as there are supposed to be some quite spectacular ruins right in the middle, which should be a challenge to reach. I'm guessing that my time in Syria will be two weeks, and although internet access is available throughout the country, I will probably update again from Damascus in a couple of weeks time.
That's all for now folks!