Hitching to Silifke
Trip Start Apr 01, 2008
153Trip End Jul 15, 2012
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Once on the main route to the coast, we had barely put our bags down when a lorry pulled up and the driver insisted he could take us all the way to Mersin - the next town along from our destination
Halfway through the five hour journey he pulled over and motioned for us to follow him to the back of his truck. Thoughts of shotguns and bunny rabbits flashed through my head, but thankfully the length of carpet he produced was simply spread on the floor for us to sit on and before we knew what was going on, he had opened a compartment at the rear of the truck, lit a gas burner and set about making tea. Five glasses of sugary tea and a stomach full of bread, cheese and tomatoes later and we were back on the road. He made two further stops, firstly to pick up five cans of beer - something he had ascertained we enjoyed during one of our more succesful conversations/game of charades, and secondly at the bus terminal in Mersin, where he ran in to find out whether there were any buses leaving to Silifke at that late hour. He had already offered for us to sleep in his truck in a bunk above his, but as it turned out the last bus was just leaving, so with a rushed but heartfelt goodbye we jumped from one vehicle to another.
Hitching...you've gotta love it!