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arrived in aksaray

written in : aksaray (TR) on : 2005-05-18 15:54:19.0 kilometer: 1

meanwhile i am constantly on an altitude of about 1000 meter. nevertheless, during the last few days the area was quite flat. now it gets important to get up early in the morning, to avoid cycling during the hottest time of the day. but it is not difficult as also the morning sun forces you to leave the tent. before sunrise it is quite chilly, with temperatures of about 8 degrees celsius. the solar irradiation is quite strong, so protecting the skin with suncream is a good idea.
at Afyon i cycled a lot offroad to avoid to go into the city, which was not that easy. i had to use a compass. in the area of Emirdag is the remotest part of turkey so long. the landscape was quite dry, unfortunately the lovely forest which i enjoyed especially on the route from Lapseki to Can and around Balikesir. i had already a lot of dog attacks, so my defence strategies are improving fast. one time i managed to kick one of those bastards during cycling! yesterday i travelled through steppe landscape, passing the saltlake toz g?l?. now i am in Aksaray, enjoying the fascinating panorama of hassan dagi (3268 meter). it will get a bit more mountainous when going to Kayseri and Pinarbasi in the next days.


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