Mar 13, 2019 | Cycling East | 10 comments

Turkey, chapter 1 (Kaş – Antalya)

“Anything to declare? Do you have any alcohol, tobacco, bombs, cocaine, heroine?” were the first words we had from the police officer going out of the ferry in Kaş, coming from the eastern island of Greece, Kastelorizo. The man was joking but serious on the alcohol topic as being limited. Alcohol is expensive in Turkey and people would cross to Greece for that.

Lucky us we met Olga and Mustafa on the ferry and got invited for our first beer in Turkey.

We head just after for Evren’s camping (siteFBInsta) which was indicated to us by a Couchsurfer we contacted earlier on. The camping was actually not finished and we were the very first guest of Evren, having the pleasure to make his camping advertisement pictures.

The plan was to cycle along the coast to Antalya and Demre was our first stop after Kaş. Once more thanks to Couchsurfing, we contacted Ahmet and could find the Fisherman Inn (pointed so on Maps.me). It’s in reality a public land at a beach’s end where cars can’t go (bikes hardly), occupied by Ahmet’s uncle (the famous fisherman) since 10 years. We pitched the tent there for 2 nights and shared the time with Balik. We went fishing, cutting woods and learned how to prepare the fish for dinner. We got offered to stay at his place for a month while he would go traveling? The old man needed some vacation, as he would call, to visit friends and family and maybe get a bit of more comfort. We sadly couldn’t stay longer because we were in a rush. Two months earlier we agreed to meet Marlène, Robert, Nina, Sebas and Sam in Geyikbayırı for climbing. They booked their flight tickets, so we shouldn’t be late. This stayed a surprise for Sam till the day before she left and that’s why we didn’t mention it earlier.

Turkey is so far convenient for biking. Even if locals would tell us drivers are crazy in Turkey, we didn’t notice so much changes. Roads are usually large enough to feel safe. They include, on the main axes, a safety line you can use. After a stop in the city park of Kumluca, it’s at Alyona and Sardar’s house that we stopped. So far it has been our longer stay. We were finally in advance on schedule and had time to spend those 4 nights with them before cycling the last 45km.

We head to Geyikbayırı for the start of the Turkish Highline Carnival. It was really fun to find back an international community, particularly for such festival: highline, acro yoga (we got our first moves) and climbing, a perfect combination.

The excitement went at its peak when finding back our friends three days later. We had so much good time, being and speaking together, and good climb that the five days felt like holidays compared to our biking “job”. It’s a pity that we had to say goodbye to them and to our climbing gears, not being sure when will be the next climb, maybe in Laos end of the year.

We cycled down from the cliff to Antalya. We got there a nice Turkish hamam, with peeling, soap and oil massage and met again Joey, Anneliese and Tom. Three cyclists we met at the festival. They all head towards Capadoccia and we will spend some time on the road together. The start of a new gang.

10 Comments

  1. Jamais vu autant de photos de la photographe : toujours souriante même avec Xavier tenu à bout de bras; Xavier qui commence à avoir une sacré barbe …et de belles marques de short cyclo ( cf les photos de grimpe) .
    Attention quand vous croquez une pomme : les ânes adorent ça !
    C’est peut-être votre “job” mais pour nous ce sont des vacances par procuration que votre blog: encore!

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  2. Correction des erreurs de frappe :
    sacré barbe ( et non barbecue)
    marques de cyclo
    ce sont des vacances par procuration

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  3. cool de voir Xavier grimper. ca veut dire que la cheville va mieux?!

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    • Oui, plus aucun soucis apparent sur la cheville. La flexibilité n’est pas revenue mais ce n’est pas trop génant. Par contre il faudra attendre longtemps avant de re-grimper.

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  4. Oui, oui, c’est le fun de voir Angélique! :-))) Encore! Encore!
    Merci de prendre le temps de partager pendant vos pauses.
    Et oui: SOM expédie partout dans le monde. 🙂

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  5. Ici il neige à gros flocons, et on est en mars, alors de voir toutes ces photos avec du ciel bleu ça donne des envies de voyage. j’ai hâte de voir le prochain épisode en Cappadoce et peut être de reconnaître certaines vues.

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  6. Est ce que vous avez tranché pour la suite? Iran ou Géorgie?

    Quand on voit le style de la route de la dernière photo je me demande bien comment vous vous dirigez sans carte potable!

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    • Les plans changent tous les jours mais maintenant on est fixé. Ce sera Iran.
      L’itinéraire global n’est pas compliqué en Turquie. Sinon on utilise des application de carte offline que tu pourrais aussi utiliser en France: Maps.me et Mapy.cz

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  7. Super ! Le vélo ,oui ! Mais en plus soins du visage , hammam , escalade , il faut varier les plaisirs et vous avez raison ..
    Gros bisous des anciens

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