Another fly/ride to Turkey

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  1. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    I've just picked up the CRF250L from these guys in old town Antalya and I'll be heading northish tomorrow.

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    I'm going through a bit of a learning curve with the tech - this is the first time I've ever taken a laptop with me (and a working phone - I've now remembered the password). And I've set up a home cloud to send stuff to. Definitely getting there.
    Next thing I'll need to learn is offline navigation on the phone - I have a paper map as well.

    Edit: sorry about the double posting earlier - the connection here keeps dropping out.
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    I'll be following. Another ride has me on to Turkey. The food looks wonderful too.
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  3. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    My bloody laptop has stopped seeing wifi connections on my second day! I'll see if I can find a way round this. I don't think I'm competent enough with this phone to use it for this RR. Bear with me, please, I'll probably need to use a hotel computer somewhere.
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    OK, I've bluetoothed my pics across to this phone and uploaded them to my domain...

    Left Antalya at 10am and followed the main road north. Spotted a brown sign and went to investigate.
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    Arrived several miles later up in the mountains at the site entrance.
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    And then a bit of a hike up through scrub oak/holly oaks to a very ruined site.

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    And farther up to the top of the hill, very ruined walls of the acropolis.
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    Stopped to refill my water bottle at a fountain.
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    Along the main road again for a little while before turning off through a rugged canyon where I came across this small hydroelectric plant. I don't know where the water was coming from.
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  7. DavidM1

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    Then into apple country just south of Egirdir.
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    Or apple land...
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    Loads of apples.
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    They're ripping into the mountain for marble in the background.

    Then to peninsula in the lake at Egirdir for a place to stay.
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    Where I settled down to discover my laptop had done the dirty on me.
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    Boats on Lake Egirdir.
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    I only covered 100 miles today, 4 hours riding and 3 hours sightseeing. Sounds like quite a good ratio to me.
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    Another latish start at 10am leaving Egirdir and around the lake.

    The view back to the town
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    A brief look at Ertokus Seljuk han (which was locked.
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    Then to Yalvac to see a couple of things that I had missed when I visited 10 or so years ago.

    The Temple of Men on top of a nearby mountain.
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    This is the reason I want an offroady bike - some of the roads to ancient sites can be a bit rough.
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    And through the town, noticing an open air machinery museum. I don't think this 2 cylinder engine would fit in a motorcycle.
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    To the aqueduct of Pisidian Antioch.
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    One mile high on the road over to Aksehir.
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    Mmm, kuru fasulye.
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    A quick stop at Sultandagi to visit the han.

    Sahipatahan 1250AD.
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    Notice the kiosk is slightly offset to face Mecca.
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    And I like that it's being used as a meeting place and leisure centre, including pool.
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    I finally arrived at Afyon for a hotel - the Cakmak Marble Hotel is very reasonably priced now that the lira has slumped.
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  9. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Turkey on a 250

    Heck yeah I'm going to follow this one



    And hope you can get your posting to work well enough

    Enjoy

    PS... Turkey has many ancient ruins (just saying)
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  10. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    Yes, don't I know it - I've already visited over 150 ancient sites there over the decades, and that's just pre-Roman ones.
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    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Holy moly :clap
    I'm envious

    I'll watch out for your posts

    Have a great trip :beer
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  12. JimRidesThis

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    What’s the cost of bike rental David?
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    A day in Phrygia.

    First stop Midas City and the wonderful shrine of Cybele.
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    And pleased to catch the sunlight on the altar so the inscriptions were visible.
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    The 2nd monument wasn't in the sun so I didn't go up to it.
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    But Gerdek Kaya was looking good.
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    The view out.
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    Some of the roads around here are like this, small gravel and sand with a slight washboard - great fun to hammer down - but I did slow down a bit when I scared myself on one corner.
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    Yilantas - a collapsed tomb which had lions carved on it.
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    35 euros per day which is fairly expensive since they haven't adjusted for the lira slide. But less than half the price of the Versys 300 I rented in the US last year.
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    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Excellent photos

    Looks like an amazing trip

    Can you give us a bit more information about the ruins?
    Maybe take a close up of the signage for us to read?
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    Thanks. Very doable combined with a cheap flight from the UK. :thumbup
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    +1 :lurk
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  18. DavidM1

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    This is a great region to ride around - small country roads with no traffic.

    And very picturesque scenery similar to Cappadocia with the same geology.
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    Country road.
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    I stopped at a tourist area by Gemre Lake to have a cay and this bloke had worked in Belgium and enjoyed practising his French on me.
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    And he didn't let me pay.

    Very like Cappadocia.
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    Another shrine to Cybele.
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    Arriving in Doger, I came across a queue of tractors
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    waiting to load their produce onto a truck
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    Their produce being poppy heads for opium. Afyon means Opium in Turkish.
    Midnight Express, anyone?

    Doger has a han built by Sultan Murat II (1421 - 1451).
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    Mmm, mercimek corbasi.
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    I had a great day today even though I've visited some of these sites before and I failed to find 4 more I had on my list. I went straight past 1 and gave up after a quarter mile of sand towards another because I wasn't real enjoying it.

    Heading north west tomorrow.
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  19. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    Sorry, no can do - I'm having a hard enough time tapping this on a phone - they're all googleable.
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    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    NO worries mate

    As long as you post the name of the place, I'll do the rest from here

    PS... It's great to see you posting ruins
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