Drive to Kusadai and Ephensus

Trip Start Sep 19, 2010
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Trip End Oct 25, 2010


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Richmond Ephesus

Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Monday, October 18, 2010

Today we drove from Cappadocia to Selcuk and Kusadai - a drive of nine hours.   I saw a lot the the countryside which runs from low shrub and meadow to small mountains and rolling hills.  Again I took more video than pictures from the moving car but there are a couple of good ones.  We are staying at the Richmond Ephesus Resort for two nights.  Even though our arrival is late,   I convince Faruk to go to the hot thermal indoor pool which was probalby 104 degrees and quite dark and dank looking.  I was glad Faruk agreed to go as the pool is built out of large bolders and the steps to get in would have been impossible without his help.  There was also supposed to be an outdoor thermal pool and a regular outdoor pool, but when I investigated this the thermal outdoor pool proved to be quite cool - the temperature of the air was about 65-70 and it was late so we did not try the outdoor pools that night.  However, the next morning I woke early and decided I would scoot down and go for a dip. The steps to get in were very shallow and I should have had no trouble getting in but there was no bar to hang on to and low and behold I slipped on the first step and fell hard and did the splits, twisting my left knee.  I yelled for help but no one came so I finally slid backwards on my backside into the pool and let the cool water do its magic.  I had to use an ice bag in the car for the next two days but there was no residual problems.  I did not get pictures of the mineral pool as it was very damp, hot and misty and I was afraid the sulphur etc might damage the camera.  However, i did take some of the outdoor pool below.  Tomorrow we will visit the Pamukkale Mineral Deposits which are very white, formed from the hot spring waters.  Photography does not do them justice.  (see Oct. 19 installment).    The following day we will visit St. John's the Apostle's Burial Tomb and Jesus's mother Mary's final home and the church that has been built there.  They will be covered in the Oct. 20 installment.  
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