Leaving Cappadocia towards the South-East of Turkey was tough after a few great days with friends and eating out a lot. At the same time we were looking forward to be back on the bike and in our bicycle rhythm.
We had been looking forward to first Istanbul, then Ankara for our visa and Cappadocia because of the visit and the area and were now a little bit without a goal. We decided that Mardin in the South East of Turkey would be the next place to spend more time and have our new tires sent to.
By know we have learned that the big roads of Turkey are easy to cycle, but they do not provide us with enough special moments to keep us interested. They have a big shoulder to cycle on and we go faster, it is also a little boring. So we took small roads over mountains, down valleys, across plains and over mountains again. We were warned for protests of a power plant near Goksun, but what we didn’t know was that our road turned away from the power plant just a few kilometers before, so no worry for us although we had been warned twice and were considering going back.
Susanne also celebrated her 31st birthday on the road. We were surrounded by mountains and many small villages so we kept the celebration small. It was very special to cycle up to a pass of 1990 meters on her birthday and after 57 km we decided that it was time to set up camp and enjoy the sunset. We talked with a man passing by and he mentioned we were in a valley with Kurdish villages. This made sense because the feeling was already different. At the same time we were still in central Turkey and weren’t expecting Kurdish villages yet.