Sarkoy, Turkey - May 29, 2010
I seem to be having trouble getting a Spot location out tonight. Have tried several times. In any event, I am in the little resort town of Sarkoy, about 100 miles southwest of Istanbul. Should be in Istanbul by mid day tomorrow.
I had a pretty good tour of Troy. Much more there than I thought although what is there is in pretty rough shape. Mostly foundations and incomplete walls, but pretty neat to see the progression and development of one city on top of another. The guide was quite good about pointing out construction styles and so by the end of the tour it was pretty easy to say that this came from Troy III whereas this came from Troy VI-VII or VIII-IX. It would be fun to spend a summer there excavating a square meter. Also, in the town square of Cannakale where I was staying, was the Trojan horse out of the movie Troy (Brad Pitt). Pretty funny. Somebody asked if it was really made out of wood and the guide said no, it was just plastic.
Gates of Troy
The Amphitheater at Troy
The Original (Almost) Trojan Horse
Didn't have a reservation but today, I came up the coast, then inland, then back to the coast at what I thought would be a resort community. Found a $20/night hotel (haven't found any hot water yet) but did find the wireless. I walked into the center part of town and had a little to eat at a cafe. They certainly are into the hot tea here. Always in these small fluted glasses, always with sugar, never with milk. Actually, it's amazing how hot tea really cools you down when you're hot. Maybe it heats up your core so much that your body says "Geez, I've GOT to get rid of this heat!" and shunts all the blood to your skin or something. It really does cool you down.
It must be cherry season now too. I've noticed lately hand push carts piled high with black cherries being sold on the street. The other thing I've noticed (which I find quite peculiar) is that every cart is identical. They are all lined with that blue Visqueen plastic tarp material. Now I don't know what they were lined with before blue plastic tarps came along, but whatever it was, it was not as good. So I find it interesting that in the cherry push-cart industry, the blue tarp was absolutely revolutionary. Apparently it did something so much better that what they had in the past, that every vendor, no matter his level of success, had to have one. Don't know what it was. Maybe bugs don't live in it and so their product doesn't get buggy and they have less waste. Don't know. But the cherry vendors probably waited generations for the blue tarp to be developed.
Along the Coast Road Near Sarkoy
Anyway, I'm hoping to get some work done on the bike in Istanbul at some point. I'm nervous about it and now see that the side rack, where I hit the rail on the ferry, is cracked and needs to be brazed. There should also probably be some reinforcement added. I think the potholes and ruts, river crossings and crashes that will be the main diet of central and eastern Asia will be murder on those racks. I just have too much weight. But what to get rid of? I'm all ready kicking myself for not bringing the strand of silver solder... I could fix the rack myself outside a yurt in Mongolia if I needed to. Oh well. What's Turkish for silver solder and flux?