Goreme to Kayseri. 1.10.18

After 4 nights in Goreme and lots of sight seeing I set off for warm shower host, Turker, at Kayseri. I elect to take the old road instead of the highway to Urgup, Incesu, and Kiziloren. Wow the long climb out of Urgup was so steep. I had to get off and push for the first time on this trip. It was impossible to maintain momentum up the relentless steep parts. I had a problem with the brakes making horrible noise so I stopped and took the wheel and pads out. Ah ha. The piston on the front caliper has broken and the rear rotor blade is bent. I changed the chain and adjusted the brakes yesterday and everything was ok. I’m baffled. Well Turker told me to wait at his friends bike shop as he doesn’t finish work until 8 so I go there and Ali takes a look and says I need new rotor and new front caliper. He doesn’t have sram BB7 caliper so he will change for Shimano tomorrow. Turker turns up and we eat and have a couple of beers then their friend who speaks English drives us back to the apartment. Turker says I can stay as long as I want. Bike not ready till 4pm tomorrow due to waiting for a part so I stay another night. I go to the underground city at Tamas on turkers bike and shop for some winter boots as I’ll need them if I’m heading to Georgia.

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