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51ml. Bit warmer today but still very windy. Always seems to be a cross or headwind ha. Mainly flat after I reached the highway. Nevsehir is a bustling city but nice. Booked Ali’s guesthouse at Goreme for 4 nights and arrived at 6pm. I want to look around Cappadocia area so staying here for a few days.

Saying goodbye to Tamer and Engin

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57ml. Very windy and cold today. Big temperature drop. Diverted off highway to go and see Ilhara. Viewed the gorge and a place where starwars was filmed. Was going to try star camping but met two Turkish cycle tourers outside a cha shop. Tamer and Engin invited me over for cha and asked me to join them camping in the garden of the mosque. I had a nice meal and breakfast and Tamer wouldn’t let me pay a single lira. Really kind and nice guys. Was cold camping tonight.

 

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77ml. Mostly flat today on main highway again due to aabad headwind. came off about 20ml before Sultanhani and headed for Gunesli through some nice villages. Camped here at Kervansaray camping for £2.50 and had a great meal for £3.

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74ml. Took route to Beysehir then cut across at Huyuk. Lumpy day making it hard going. Especially as it’s 39*. But last 5ml is downhill. Konja is massive city and I couldn’t find a warm shower host to put me up so I had to book in a hotel. Was really nice for €10 Inc buffet breakfast. Was well worth it. Even evening buffet for 25TL was brill. £2.50. was well full up.

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60ml. Fairly flat day today. Egirdir was nice and arrived at Sarkikaraagac and found the teachers guesthouse for 25TL after a scruffy hotel wanted 60. Also had my best meal in turkey so far 20TL. Happy days.

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79ml. Wild camp at side of road. Just couldn’t make Egirdir where there’s a campsite as it was going dark and I was on a highway. The main highways are good as they have a big shoulder and you can get some milage in, but there’s nothing.uch to see as in scenery.

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57ml. Another hilly day. Seemed to be on a plateau at 1,000m but always going up to 1,600m then down to 1,000m again. Pulled off the highway at Tefenni to look around the town and on the way out I see otel Pansiyoni and it was only 40Turk lira so I stay there. I have a nice shower and a great kofte meal and drink for 10TL then settle to bed.

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32ml After a week on Rhodes and a break with Andy and Sandra it’s time to move on to on toTurkey. I get the ferry to Fethiye and it’s 18.30 when I get off and dark soon. Luckily I’ve arranged to stay at Dave and Maureen greenwoods house, from Padiham, who live here now. They were really kind and fed me and looked after me. What a stroke of luck. I ride up a 14ml climb and just as I start to descend, I ask at a restaurant if I can camp there, which they let me sleep on the premises on a bed. Hard, hot day.

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After deciding to carry on with the journey, I’m catching the ferry to Rhodes to pick up my new glasses, contact lenses and tent pole from Andy whose going there on holiday and kindly fetched my items which my sister’s kindly sorted out for me back in the uk. Thanks Deborah and Karen.

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27ml. Short day, caught the ferry to Selina island then rode across the island to get the ferry to Piraeus. Rode to old site where I used to park waiting to clear customs and had a drink in Dennis cafe where I used to go when I was truck driving, 30yrs ago. After a chat with Dennis, I rode to Athens center to a hostel and stayed there for 4 nights. Went around the acropolis site which was amazing before catching the over night ferry to Rhodes. I met Andy and Sandra here who brought me out some new contact lenses, glasses and a new tent pole. Week off here before moving on to Turkey.

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46ml. First 10ml was a hard false flat then it was easy going rest of the way. I called into the ancient site at Corinthos during the afternoon. Had a meal in the city and then went over the corinthos canal. Used to go over here in the truck but never took a photo. Amazing piece of construction. Then heading for Piraeus I came across a camping site at Glaros. So I stayed here on a nice site right on the sea.

 

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43ml. First start to the day after my coffee in the restaurant and goodbyes to the nice owners, was a 7ml climb. 1,300m. Then downhill all the way to Sparta. Had a look around and took a photo of the famous king leonidas of 300 fame. Another long climb heading to Tripoli and near the top of the climb another great restaurant who let me pitch on a lovely flat spot on their garden.

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45ml. Hilly day today. Up to Kalamata then headed for Sparta on old road. Headed up another climb and got a puncture. It was an old stock on patch which came unstuck. I’m using glue, the old style in future instead of the self adhesive stick on one’s. Was starting to go dark when I came across a restaurant outside the village and they let me camp opposite on a small piece of flat land. The nephew of the owner spoke good English and it was a cracking meal.