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The Turkish Interior – Flat But Not Boring

January 11, 2010

Cycling through central Turkey has lived up to my high expectations. Travelling by bike means I have seen the fertile valleys in the north-west slowly give way to a vast plateau of arid farm and scrub land in Central Anatolia and, in recent days, the other-worldly rock formations of Capadoccia. For 3 days I pedalled across an ancient salt lake towards this mountain – it was the only feature on the horizon.  

Choosing the least populated route through Turkey means I have managed to find deserted buildings to pitch my tent in.

I have been able to undertake scientific experiments to demonstrate the enormity of the Turkish interior.

…and I have met some inquisitive and confused villagers.

But it hasn’t been all plain sailing. The moustachioed man in the last video tried to steal my camera just before I left his friend’s house. It was a shame. I had enjoyed eating and drinking chai with them.

There have been a few other blips too, but more about them in a blog later in the week. For now, it’s back to my dorm in a cave hostel in Capadoccia. I want to get back on the road tomorrow if the snow stops.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Dad permalink
    January 11, 2010 10:27 pm

    Some people may say you are losing the plot but having had a good chat on Skype tonight we know better! Shame you couldn’t find anyone to play with you but maybe next time! Keep pedalling and enjoying.

  2. January 11, 2010 10:41 pm

    The movies are a great idea. It paints a good picture of what you’re doing, and you looked so cosy in your sleeping bag!

    Is the beard getting darker?

  3. Becca permalink
    January 12, 2010 5:30 am

    Yes more video posts please.

    I love your turkish “I make photo, it’s niiiiiice”

  4. Happy Gilmour permalink
    January 12, 2010 10:17 am

    Third that, videos are great. Just as well no-one accepted your request for the game of cricket, that pitch looked like a real “turner” and no visible boundaries at all: Would have done your tour batting average no favours at all.

  5. milo, serpil whatever permalink
    January 13, 2010 1:38 pm

    ahahahahaha! and you were saying “bad english teeth”. it can’t beat the “central anatolian teeth”.
    and i loooooved the second video, brilliant!

  6. January 16, 2010 2:22 pm

    Hi Oli – you seem to be doing so well and I am enjoying looking at your websight. Keep up the good work. We all think of you often and miss you. Take care love Tessa x
    Not missed much here with the freezing weather and SNOW!

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