Datca, Turkey - June 20, 2010
I am now in Datca, a small seashore town in very southwest Turkey. Just waiting to take a day cruise up the coast a bit to what are supposed to be some great swimming beaches. Happy Father's Day to me. Finally camped last night although it was so hot it was pretty uncomfortable sleeping until about 3 AM. Also, the partying seemed to go on till near then anyway although the earplugs helped.
In Datca, Turkey
So I am more and more content with my decision not to go on. Otherwise, I would be sitting up at the Azerbaijan border tonight waiting to enter at first opening tomorrow so that I could shoot across the country trying to make the ferry by the 23rd. Azerbaijan only lets the bike in for 3 days including your date of entry and exit. Anyway... just glad I'm not there tonight. Plus everyone I seem to talk to says that the Kyrgystan thing is getting worse. Not sure I would get in even with a visa. Another time perhaps.
Have had several great days sightseeing at the ancient cities of Pergamon and Ephesus. And I thought Troy was good! Ephesus is pretty mind-blowing as there is so much remaining that you get a real sense for what it was like to live there. Once in, there is a separate covered area with its own entrance fee. Most people just walked by but it is by far the best of the best. The building shelters from the weather the remains of houses that belonged to the privileged class. Most homes were destroyed by an earthquake in 270 AD but the debris just helped preserve what was there. Many of the interior walls are still pristine and have very intricate painting and decorations on the walls. Most of the floors are intact and covered with exquisitely detailed mosaics. Some I recognize from books somewhere... just never knew they were there.
In Ancient Pergammon, Turkey
Library at Ephesus
Library at Ephesus
Wall Decoration and Mosaics, Ephesus
So I've been slacking around mostly. I just checked by log and I've only averaged 92 miles/day since April 12. Diane, Alec and Ian are definitely coming to England (well Scotland actually) August 19 and so I need to be there then, but other than that no real plans. They are leaving on the 29th from London, coincidentally on the same airline that brought the bike over from Vancouver. So I am trying to coordinate the shipping back so that we and the bike can all go back together. That makes it a lot easier at the Vancouver end. It's a bit of a logistical hassle storing the bike in London while I go to Glasgow but I'll work out something. Also, I was not really geared up for returning to Europe and so I have no bike insurance and sent back with Diane a lot of the stuff I need. Like my European Atlas and my UK electrical adapter plug. I'm also carting around two dirt tires that I don't think I'll need now. Oops... gotta go.