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since 8 days in turkey

written in : gediz (TR) on : 2005-05-13 13:14:35.0 kilometer: 1800

currently i am in gediz, about 100 km east of K?thaya. during the last few days i cycled very much uphill, but in average i did not gain any height. here in gediz i am about 640 meter above sealevel. after the ferry crossing from Gelibolu to Lapseki i cycled through less populated areas, often on gravel roads. at Can i met the main road again. from Yenice-Balya-Balikesir-Bigadic on i entered slowly the mountainous landscape. yesterday in nearly reached the 1000 meter level. i am very surprised about the bad condition of the roads, which are marked as red in my map. the edges are pumpy and often totally damaged. therefore it was often much better to cycle beside the road.
my mirrors are very important, i realize quite often. as i am cycling in the middle of the road, i can see very well when someone is approaching from behind. dogs are keen on hunting me instead of keeping an eye on their sheep and goats. they permanently chasing my bike. and when i am stopping for taking some stones, they are away as quick as they appeared...


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