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Old 01-08-2009, 01:44 PM   #46
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Hey Dicky, thx for the upload. You, your men and your bikes are as brave and strong as a Turk.
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:03 AM   #47
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Bread and Sheds

One fine Sunday we decided to head inland and see what topographic delights the area around Elmali, some 90 clicks North West had to offer. The Elmali region is renowned for producing fine apples. The mountain Elmali nestles in the lee of is called Elmadag (apple mountain). Elmali even has apple in its name (Elma) so why there aren't any photos of apples in this RR is beyond me

Anyway, off we tootled. Along the way I was curious about these buildings



Within no time at al Mehmet had located the owner and asked him to give me a guided tour



Seems as though they are used as storage sheds for all manner of stuff including animal feed. Solidly built and two storeyed, they would make great overnight accommodation. We couldn't leave without being introduced to the lady of the house who was in the middle of a bread baking session. Not sure whether she was trying to fill the shed or baking for the village but it sure smelt good



After our brief interlude we headed off. The area around Elmali turned out to be rugged rock with the odd bush clinging to whatever soil it could find, as opposed to the lush pine forrested landscape a few hundred metres closer to sea level. Great tracks though and a good deal cooler than the coast





Mehmet holding it all upright







On the way back to base we noticed another strange building. There wasn't a door to gain entrance, just the one window. We pondered but were still mystified. Anybody got any ideas as to its use?



4 mates, 4 bikes ....................etc

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Old 01-11-2009, 08:48 AM   #48
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http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/c...t/100_1206.jpg

Hey Dave,

Could it be a death thing, kinda like a chaple of rest, I found one on Friday when Teo and I went up in the mountains, I innocently thought quaint old Turkish house but Teo said no its a well cover, so we looked inside and it was freshly OCCUPIED !!! Neadless to say we scarpered away pretty quick.

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Old 01-11-2009, 12:31 PM   #49
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TUBRE - asked a friend in İstanbul, a Tubre is a burial chamber of a Holy person and there are also some very large ornate Tubres which were for the Sultans, the tradition comes from the Ottomen period.

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Old 01-11-2009, 12:43 PM   #50
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Cheers Dave,

You weren't wide of the mark with your first reply. We got a strange feeling when we were there, a look but don't touch kind of thing. I'm glad we didn't disturb the place.

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Old 01-11-2009, 12:50 PM   #51
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Aferdersiniz Turk arkadaslar. Her hafta ben Turkche ders , ince Turkche okul yapmak, ama ben im cok eski ve yavas!! Simdi ben Turkiye yaziyorum, Turkey degil.

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Old 01-11-2009, 01:10 PM   #52
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TUBRE - asked a friend in İstanbul, a Tubre is a burial chamber of a Holy person and there are also some very large ornate Tubres which were for the Sultans, the tradition comes from the Ottomen period.

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Old 01-14-2009, 07:19 AM   #53
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Around this time of year we wake up to find our valley blanketed in mist on mornings after a clear night sky. The mist usually lifts around 1000am after the sun has had chance to warm the land up. Jump on a bike and ride above it, to a fire watchtower for instance, and the views are quite eerie







Do be polite to the local wildlife on the way though



And you may be rewarded by the sight of two little babes



10kms North is the "marble valley" a shortcut from Dirgenler to Demre which starts off as a beautiful scenic ride



Up in the cliff sides you can see the final resting places of an ancient civilisation, hewn out of solid rock



Venture further along the valley and one can witness marble quarrying on an industrial scale








These blocks are big



We have seen a noticable increase in the expansion of these quarries over the past three years, springing up throughout various valleys. Could be something to do with the amount of development taking place on the coast. Either that or the area is particularly rich in this resource.

Turn right at Demre and you will come to Simena and the uninhabited island of Kekova



and more ancient resting places, some sticking out of the water



Some 2000 plus years ago there was a sizeable earthquake in the area which led to a number of older buildings becoming submerged. The remains of these buildings can be seen on a boat ride



Riding further along the coast will bring you to Kas which has its own strange rock formation





If you look at the cliff directly above the flagpole you should see a mans head, to the right you should be able to make out a shoulder and the rest of a body, the man is laying on his side looking towards you. Or maybeI've just had too many of these



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Old 01-14-2009, 09:10 AM   #54
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for the upload. Looking forward to more and more.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:56 AM   #55
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Hi The Venturer,

Thank you for your interest. I hope to do some more topical reports in the future. i have a number of projects in mind. It's a great country and there is no shortage of subject matter.

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Old 01-15-2009, 08:28 PM   #56
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More RR's from Turkey

Dickyb,

Love the pics along the coast...not to keen for snow though Enjoyed
the RR overall. Will return to Turkey some day in the future.

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Old 01-16-2009, 06:07 AM   #57
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Hi Dickyb, i am leaving Scotland mid June heading for Russia to get the ferry from Sochi to Trabzon. i will then be heading South West as i am meeting family in Fethiye. i want to travel on trails as much as possible and apart from 'the road of stones' i have no real route planned. can you recommend a route? Cheers Andy
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Hi Andy,

I'm not sure I can be of much use to you in recommending an off-road route from Trabzon to Fethiye as we travelled with our belongings and two dogs in a van from the UK to Edirne then hugged the coast until we reached Kas.

A useful site for info would be

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/country/turkey/

Paola Volpera of One More Mile (OMM) is un tout circular bon oeuf (all round good egg) He helped me with our route.

Also try Dave-In-Turkey on this forum. He is near Fethiye.

Would love to meet upwhen you get over here and hear of your travels through Russia

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Old 01-16-2009, 07:03 AM   #59
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Hi Dickyb, thanks for your advice, i will follow up on your suggestions.I visited Turkey on a family holiday last year and was very impressed by it. looking at your photos made me envious of the life you have for yourself with unlimited access to great trails with spectacular scenery. i would be good to meet up in Turkey, my estimated arrival date for SW Turkey is the 14th July Cheers Andy
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:33 AM   #60
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Houses and stuff

One thing you do notice around these parts



when you're not watching your mates fruitlessly trying to kickover a Big Red Pig



is the variety of living accommodation. Here in the villages you get older houses made of stone and wood with a mud rendering



(Don't let the dates on the pics fool you, these houses are older than that my camera is playing up ). Notice the horizontal wooden beams above and below the windows. Forerunners of the reinforced concrete pillars used these days to prevent earthquake damage. More modern buildings are constructed out of concrete and hollow brick rendered with plaster. The houses are built and occupied one floor at a time. The buildings can go upward when time and money are available, and increasing family size dictates it



The occupiers of these houses work the land and their greenhouses to produce all manner of tasty fruit and veg which they sell to cooperatives and at the weekly bazaar






Half an hour down the road



and one bumps into a completely different type of architecture



This one is up for a cool £1,200,000



I have no idea what the folk that live in these places do but I suspect that they would be hard pushed to produce one of these



Looks like it's gonna be cabbage and mash, cabbage soup, saurkraut...........,etc for the next week then

By the way, ten kicks later and the BRP started

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