We road approx 480km’ today, from Denizli to Konya around some most fantastic freshwater lakes that were approx 1000m above sea level. Shortly after leaving in the morn we arrived at Pamukkale which has lovely sodium bicarbonate shear cliffs rising up from the ground. We gather it’s a bit like the Turkish version of the “White cliffs of Dover”. Ha
The landscape started to change once again as the altitude rose to 1560m, the vegetation started to thin and the local villages were clearly poorer. Still the people remained and friendly as ever.
We arrived at Konya around 6.00pm and were sitting at a small eatery taking a well earned break and trying to plot our course to where the cheap hotels were located when we were approached by a couple who were riding a little Honda CB150. They had noticed us in the traffic and had taken the opportunity to say hello and when we explained what we were after, without hesitation they were soon escorting us to the hotels and made a couple of recommendations that worked a treat! With a couple of pictures taken and a friendly handshake they were off again. A wonderful gesture.
As it turned out, Konya is the most conservative Turkish city, so it made buying a beer a near impossible task, so we settled for a fruit nectar drink instead. Dinner consisted of the usual grilled meets and fresh salads….. yum!
In the evening we wondered the streets and came across a bustling Bazaar with all the locals out shopping. We found this most odd as it was around 10.00pm and young kids and all families were out and trading goods from the latest platform women’s shoes to second hand fridges, you want it you can buy it at the Bazaar.
Update on Steve’s bites from 4 days ago and they are still causing him itchy pain and redness. Obviously he seriously upset the wasp that bit him!