Silk Road Crossing

Central and Western Turkey


Getting buried by apricots


The apricots are ripe in Turkey now, and that means that we shouldn’t have to buy any food for a while. Remember Lucille Ball in the chocolate factory? Yes, well our pannier pockets are overflowing with the armloads of apricots being handed us by truckers and other drivers every time we stop for a drink. We’ve finally just started leaving what we can’t eat at the many fountains and springs along the way.

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We are taking a few days off in Cappadoccia, our first touristy area, enjoying the village of Goreme before heading west for the final leg of our Silk Road journey. We are now in easier terrain, though daily climbing numbers still are around 3,000 feet, and the roads seem to be improving, along with in increase in traffic. There are still horse carts, and women beating wool in the streams, and men filling the tea houses, but the trend toward a European feel accelerates. We expect Istanbul to be quite a mix of East and West, and look forward to the perhaps week we will spend there before leaving.

We are staying in an old caravansary here in Goreme, evidence that we are still on the Silk Road route. We left the the new Silk Road, the new oil pipeline, a few days ago when it turned south to Ceyhan on the Mediterranean coast.

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Silk Road Crossing — 4 Comments

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  3. Hi Bob, Hi Claire,

    I was just checking your web site and came across the photo taken in Nallihan-Turkey.(all three of us togather.) Good memories 🙂
    You are always welcome to visit me again in Nallihan

    All the best for you guys and have a happy new year

    Orkun Ates from Nallihan-Ankara/Turkey

  4. Hi Orkun! What a treat to see you found us again. As you can see we haven’t quit adventuring, back to Asia twice since the Silk Road and Australia again. Hope all is well with you. Yes we do remember well our time together in the Nallihan square. It was a highlight of Turkey since your English is so good. All the best.

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