Erdermli to Buyukeceli 108km
To Demiroren 136km
To Isikli 65km
To Antalya 175km
It's so nice to be warm again, in a shirt and shorts, and swimming in the beautiful clear water of Mediterranean bays. Only days ago I was rugged up in five layers, fortified against the chill of the frosty downhills. Locals think I'm nuts swimming in November, but it feels pretty right to me.
The riding hasn't been easy. There have been some big climbs, but they open up amazing views across beautiful bays, and you need a rest when you get to the top, so the resturants and the cold drinks are very welcome. Unfortunately, many of these climbs and views will be lost shortly, as construction teams are beavering away, building new tunnels, which make for nice roads, and less climb..... but are not nearly as scenic.
I've been finding some great campsites as well, and have been lucky enough to witness some stunning sunrises and sunsets. The sun sets at 4.30pm and rises at 6.30am, and there is very little twilight, so I'm getting plenty of dark hours to catch up with sleep.
The riding has been interesting. The roads are good quality, and pretty quiet, and there's lots to see. As well as the great sea views, there are ruined castles, old town walls, ancient fortresses, and even a massive amphitheater. Oh yes, and also the resorts, but these ones are much more established, and without the "glitter" and "clutter" of Outlet stores and the like, that I saw in Iran and Thailand. The best part is that it's "Off Season", so there are very few tourists about.
So it's warmer, pleasant cycling, not much traffic, not many people...... and there are far fewer fierce scarey dogs. So I'm enjoying myself. Even equalled my biggest daily mileage yesterday, 175km. And now I'm in Antalya. Looks like an interesting city. Going to take a couple of days off, and hope there isn't a war.....