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ON THE BUS AGAIN

ERZURUM-KAYSERI-GOREME (bus)

sunny 26 °C

We waked into the beautiful shinny morning. Our batteries were loaded again and we started searching connection to Cappadocia which was our next destination. On train station we didnt have any luck and there was no train for this destination at all. On bus station we were extremely lucky and bought 2 last tickets for that day. There was still plenty of time for checking the town, eating kebabs and drinking tea with locals.
Later afternoon we started another long drive (640 km) with bus which last 12 hours. At 4 in the morning we finally arrived to Kayseri. Because next bus for Goreme was at 9 we decided to visit the town. Bus station is located 6km from the old city center and we pedaled there. Largest problem were edging stones which are around 40cm high and there is no other option, than step down the bike and lift it down on street to be able to ride further.
Kayseri is an very important industrial town in east Anatolia. It is growing extremely fast. In year 2006 it had around 650.000 residents, but today there are already 1 milion of them. It is placed bellow glacier Erciyas dagi (3916 m) which was long time ago a volcano. This was 1 of 3 volcanos which eruptions shaped land so magical thousands years ago. Local people are known for their trading talents and kindness. For me is interesting, that they have built a ski jump ramp on mountain near town which is extremely modern and one of 10 best in the world. They never jumped before and that is why they send 7 young talented ski jumpers to Slovenia for training. After 3 years of training, 2 of them are able to jump more than 150 meters. I am also proud, that ski jump was built by Slovenians which are experts in such constructions.
While we were taking the city tour, it was still dark and not much people on the streets. City looks very nice and clean. In old town there are still old fortress and beautiful park. We were ridding for a while, but than we got cold and moved to an restaurant for early breakfast. We didnt sleep whole night again and were tired again. After breakfast we went back to otogar and waited for our bus. As usual we were very interesting to other local people. They couldnt belive that we partly travel on our bicycles. One of the bus station employees even asked if he can drive 1 round with Teddy bike. It was really funny watching this scene. Otherwise, I must say that people are really friendly in Turkey and I had only 1 bad experience (Trabzon region) in my 1,5 month trip there. I made a lot of friends and they also saved me later, when I was in trouble:)
With bus we moved 71 km west to magical small village Goreme. Because we wanted to sleep,we emediately started to search for accommodation. First two owner didnt want to negotiate, but we also didnt want to pay more than 40 TL for the room. Here, almost each house have small cave rooms for rent and it is not hard to find clean and nice room for fair price. In third try we were lucky and find a nice pension Tabiat whos owner lowered a price and gave us a room. After some small talk with owner and other guests it was time for getting some sleep. In the evening we were had a nice party with owner Ibrahim and his friends.Now we were already travelling non stop for almost a week with no rest. We made already 2200 km with bus and drove trough half a country from this only 150 on bike:) We came here also to have some fun and rest and not to driving on buses. We decided that we will not enter any bus for at least 2-3 days and that it is time for some cycling. Because this region must be explored we decided to take few days off and stay at Tabiat pension.

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Posted by Mitja 08.01.2011 04:56

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