Turkey

Bedrock City Exists!

Posted by on Sep 28, 2012 in Blog, Turkey | 3 comments

Bedrock City Exists!

Dates of travel: 8/9 – 8/16/2012 Cappadocia is a region in central Turkey rich in exceptional natural wonders and unique historical and cultural heritage. Being relatively high in altitude Anja and I decided it would be a great place to escape the heat near the coastal regions. This turned out to be a very good route to take. We encountered many welcoming people and peddled through gorgeous landscapes. The first city we cycled through in the Cappdocia area was Nevsehir. There wasn’t much to see but we encountered an eerie neighborhood that seemed to have been systematically...

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Why We Love Turkey

Posted by on Sep 9, 2012 in Blog, Turkey | Comments Off on Why We Love Turkey

Why We Love Turkey

Dates of travel: 7/28 – 8/18/2012 We absolutely loved cycling through Turkey. It wasn’t because of the weather. The heat was exhausting. It wasn’t because of the road conditions. Actually, the roads were in bad condition with broken shoulders, lots of gravel and steep inclines. It also wasn’t because of the sights. There were great places to see here but we have seen a lot in other countries as well. No, the main reason we loved Turkey so much was because of its PEOPLE. While cycling through the local villages and smaller towns we were always greeted with big smiles....

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Pamukkale and Hierapolis

Posted by on Sep 2, 2012 in Blog, Turkey | 3 comments

Pamukkale and Hierapolis

Dates of Travel: 8/6 – 8/9/2012 Pamukkale, which translates to “Cotton Castle” from Turkish, is a geological wonder in southwestern Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. Anja learned about this natural wonder as a very popular must do in Turkey. Even though this is a very touristy spot we found the people to be laid back and very hospitable. It was late in the day when we peddled into the small town. At the city gate we were greeted by a young boy who insisted we spend the night at his family’s gas...

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Jessie

Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Blog, Turkey | 3 comments

Jessie

Date of travel: 8/5/2012 We were leaving Olympos at 5am riding up the hills through the foggy morning mist. Soon we reached a small town and to our surprise a little market was already open so I went inside to pick up bread, yogurt and fresh fruit. When I walked back outside Eric smiled at me and said “looks like we got a new friend” while nodding towards our bikes. There was a black and white terrier mix with big floppy ears that started wagging her tail and walking towards me once she saw me. She laid down right by my feet, rolled onto her back and looked at me with longing eyes....

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Olympos Beach – Tree Houses and Ancient Ruins

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in Blog, Turkey | 2 comments

Olympos Beach – Tree Houses and Ancient Ruins

Dates of travel: 8/1 – 8/4/2012 A beach with turquoise blue water and ruins from different ancient times scattered all around. A small town with treehouse-like hostels. That’s Olympos, a small municipality 80km south of Antalya. To get there we had to climb several steep hills before we got to cruise downhill all the way into the valley. I had done some research and chosen Beyram’s Treehouses as our hostel based on its good reviews and we weren’t disappointed. For 16 Euros each we got comfy beds in a bungalow and all-you-can-eat breakfast and dinner buffets. When one...

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Roasting Like Turkeys in Turkey

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Blog, Turkey | 6 comments

Roasting Like Turkeys in Turkey

We were a bit nervous to take our first flight with the bikes. We had chosen to fly to Antalya since this was the cheapest fare we could get from Germany to Turkey. It is a popular holiday destination for Europeans with resorts lining the beaches for miles and miles. There are flights to Antalya  every day from almost every airport and we ended up paying less than 100 bucks each for our tickets with SunXpress. We got to the airport in Berlin about 3 hours before our scheduled departure. Equipped with a big roll of shrink wrap, two rolls of tape and a bunch of boxes we went to work on...

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