01-26-2013, 07:20 AM
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Day 10 Giresun Sinop 360 km
The first 200 km to Samsun were on the good 4 lane coastal road, then it turn into a 2 lane road. In Samsun there are 2 options: one is to take a sort of ring around the city, and the other one is to stay on the coastal road and ride through the city. We took the second option. It was wrong.
Of course the fuel line broke again. Fixit and ride on.
80 km before Sinop the road narrows again for 50 km, and with 20 km left to Sinop it gets good again.
Side stand contact broke so I switched on direct. It is like that ever since.
The road has spectacular views of the Black Sea.
In Sinop we had no reservation and most of the places where full. We find a hotel, a bit expensive (130 lira) with breakfast included.
The legend say that Sinope, daughter of the river god Asopus, outwittedZeus. He wanted to marry her, and promised she could have "anything she wanted." She requested eternal virginity, and Zeus, outwitted, allowed her to enjoy it here on this promontory giving the town its name.
Sinop is known also for the attack of Imperial Russian Navy over the Ottoman fleet in 1853 which was in port there. The "massacre of Sinop" was one of the events precipitat-ing the Crimean War (1853-1854) in which Great Britain and France fought with the Ottoman Empire against the Russian Empire.
Also the Cynic philosopher Diogenes (c. 412-323 BC), who carried around a lantern "looking for a good man" (and not finding one), was born in Sinop.
We visited the Kale and the port and had a less than impressive dinner at Saray restau-rant (supposedly famous for fish dishes). The City is very small and its made famous by model wooden boat. You can find then anywhere in the city.