August 07, 2009 GMT
Turkey /Olympos/Kas

As I saıd previously İ only stayed one nıght ın Antalya but Luıs (the bıker I met from Portugal) and I decıded to take a easy rıde up the coast to Olympos only an hour away. It was great rıdıng wıth someone else after all thıs tıme but I soon realısed why I was adamant from the begınıng that I was goıng to do thıs trıp alone. After a late nıght prevıous we had arranged to meet at breakfast and leave at a perfectly cıvıl tıme of around 10.30am. This is quite unusual for me as I try to set off early around 6 or 7am especially if I intend to ride a long distance. I woke as normal around 5am so I went for a walk along the sea front and watched the sunrise. At 8am I had breakfast and at around 10.am Luis surfaced for his breakfast as well. Well at 1pm we were still there at the hotel while he dithered around, having a shower, sending an email & packing. He's just that sort of guy!
Surprising though was that fact that I was more amused rather than agitated by his lack of urgentcy. Anyway we did have a great ride so much so that we missed the turnoff for Olympos and we had gone an extra 20km before we realised (Luis was guiding using his GPS unit) so we had to back track.
Olympos was quite surprising, a lot more people than I thought there would be. after lunch we headed to the beach (pebble) for a swim (my first in ages) and stayed until almost sunset. We then got or accommodation which was unusual as all the rooms were log cabin or tree houses. The place was crammed full with packpackers and I knew that my ear plugs would come in handy that night!
The next morning (mid-morning) we headed to Kas where we spent today. A very beautiful laid back coastal town. Again we missed a couple of turns (GPS) on the way, but after arriving we sorted out our hotel, had some lunch, and then went for another swim. I guess it sounds like I am having a real lazy holiday but really these sort of days are very rare, and it all changes tomorrow as I have to make some big km's towards Istanbul. We shall have a farewell dinner tonight before going our seperate ways as Luis goes to Cesme to catch a ferry to Greece. He has invited me to ride with him to Portugal but I will be taking a different route.
A quick note: I stated in a previous blog entry that one of the things I'm glad I didn't bring was a GPS, unless you have excellent maps (like from "smellybiker.com") they can be next to useless. I do better with my map and compass!. aye captain!
Big day tomorrow, another long day behind the bars
Kia Kaha

Posted by Ross MacDonald at August 07, 2009 05:27 PM GMT
 
 

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