Greetings from Pamukkale, Turkey!
Short update for what has happened in past 3 days:
Left early in the morning from Istanbul. Took fast ferry from Istanbul to Bandirma. Funny thing happened already in the ticket counter; Clerk at the counter said to me that 07:00 ferry is full and next option is 08:30 ferry. I told him that it is ok, got tickets and noticed that they were to 07:00 ferry! Bike fit in, altough ferry was really full…
Slept whole 2 hours (time it takes to get to Bandirma).
Plan was to visit Troy, which is (I guess) familiar to everyone due to story of the Trojan horse.
Ride to Troy was boring, nothing to see in between the cities. There seemed to be quite much road constructions ongoing, so I decided to take a shortcut (which ended up to be longer and also had road constructions ongoing…)
From Troy I headed south towards Assos. Saw some ruins, but passed them because there was interesting looking road going down to the shore.
For my surprise, there was nice looking small village next to the shore, so decided to spent my night over there.
Next morning started quite late, so plan was to ride to Efes/Ephesus, which is south from Izmir.
Day was really hot, wind did not cool me down at all, so I needed to use old trick and pour water inside my jacket. This trick works always 🙂
Stopped at the gates of Efes, but decided that it was too hot to go in and check the ruins, so instead of this I went to the camping area next to the shore.
Dipped myself to the Mediterranean sea (first swim during this trip) and fixed quick dinner.
At the evening armies of moscitoes started their attacks so, I was forced to retreat to my tent.
Today morning I got up early. My plan for today was to ride to Pamukkale. Forgot in the morning to stop at Efes (which I regret now after seeing the photos in wikipedia…).
Got to Pamukkale really early today and found ok hotel at good price (50 lira/night). This hotel (Sahin) has big roof terrace towards Pamukkale (excellent view).
This white stone structure is visible from far away, it just looks really “out of this world” against brown mountains!
Tried to visit top of the mountain today, but entrance fee was 20 lira and I had only 15 in my pocket, so will visit it tomorrow (Sunday).