Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
22Trip End Feb 23, 2011
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Last time we wrote, we were hoping that in Mersin we'd be able to find a home for the bikes for a month. After Anamur, we cycled to the 'chasm of Heaven' and 'cave of Hell', a pretty spectacular cave near Ayaş. Camped in the car park of a restaurant, deciding that spending the money on a nice meal and getting a free camp spot was definately preferable to paying for a patch at a campsite.
The next morning we cycled along the coast to Mersin. A Turkish guy who was also cycling there kept over taking us, then falling behind to put his chain back on/pick blackberries, and over taking us again. We shared a pomegranate with him (donated to us by a family who saw us cycling up a hill, pulled over at the top and thrust a bag of fruit into our arms-very much appreciated) and some confused conversation. Anyway, it's always nice to see another cyclist on the road, as it doesn't happen very often. Upon arrival in Mersin, we sat in a park and contemplated finding a hotel, with an English-speaker who liked storing bikes. We hadn't been there long before a man, on a bike- wearing cycling gloves and a helmet no less- cruised up and offered his house to stay in. After several trips in a lift, the bikes were safely stowed in his spare room and we were supping šay in the company of our new friend. Thank you Deniz!
Now that we're having a break from the bikes, we're going to write on a separate part of the blog, so until we rejoin the bikes....this is to be continued....etc. etc. check out our holiday blog if you want to see how we cope without the steel horses. Ok aluminium. It's called 'a trip without the bikes'. Don't get lost : )