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January 11th, 2007 | categorizilation: all categories,highlights,Turkey

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English Summary: Big big day of climbing today. 1,470m of vertical ascent, only to descend 1,100m at the end of the day in about 30mins to Tortum. Friendly dog with serious collar. All in all just a really feel good day despite the hard climbing.

More icy (frozen) beard maddness in eastern Turkey [EXPLORED]


A foot bridge near Oltu, eastern Turkey


On the way to Tortum, eastern Turkey

Just because (near Oltu, eastern Turkey)

Just because (near Oltu, eastern Turkey) Just because (near Oltu, eastern Turkey)

Just because (near Oltu, eastern Turkey) Just because (near Oltu, eastern Turkey)


A rare bicycle-friendly dog near Oltu, eastern Turkey


The dog's collar - 5mm fencing wire shaped to prevent attacks from wolves (eastern Turkey)

標 高2000mまで上る道は急ではなかったが、午後3時ごろに着いた真剣な坂道はトルコらしく、非常に急でした。トルトム村まではまだ後30kmの距離で、 標高400mほどを上らないといけませんでした。絶対に暗くならないうちにトルトム村に着かないと思って、気が落ちました。峠の頂上あたりにキャンプする しかない。



The downhill to Tortum, eastern Turkey


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Comment by Kirk — January 13, 2007 @ 10:17 am | post a comment

What is this minor summary for the english speakers? Are you trying to force us to learn Japanese? BTW I like the jumping photos.

Comment by Rob Thomson — January 13, 2007 @ 10:20 am | post a comment

Kirk, the Japanese readers have had it harder – for the last week or so I haven't been able to post in Japanese at all because of lack of Japanese support on internet cafe computers. They have had to learn English!

Comment by Daniel L. — January 13, 2007 @ 11:16 am | post a comment

Fascinating, really fascinating. Your jumping-pictures really make my day! And the great scnenery … WOW!!

I wish you many more such great days!

Comment by Rob Thomson — January 13, 2007 @ 11:20 am | post a comment

Cheers Daniel. Hope you get some days like that in Germany soon too!

Comment by Aunty Lyn — January 13, 2007 @ 1:38 pm | post a comment

Wow!!! Those photos are fabulous. I can't get over how like the McKenzie country the territory you have been going through looks like. That and Central Otago. In reality does it look like those areas do you think?

Comment by Stefania — January 13, 2007 @ 2:41 pm | post a comment

Hello, Rob!

There is a very simple traditional chinese cure for your knee ("9miles point" – with reference to acupuncture map points): you have to stick by a strip a single grain of crude rice four fingers beneath your suffering knee on the outer side – you may locate the point when you stretch out your leg, looking for a small depression. Ancient Chinese warrior used to massage this point to continue their very long march…

Take care! Stefania (Florence, ITALY)

Comment by Andrew — January 13, 2007 @ 5:12 pm | post a comment

Those photos are incredible! Do you have a pair of those new pogo/spring shoes that are fashionable with the kids these days?

Comment by Satoshi — January 13, 2007 @ 11:15 pm | post a comment


that's a nice cover of the Toyotya ads even our poor Steve Irwin did that jump at the end of his Toyota Land Cruiser ad!!

Comment by Rob Thomson — January 14, 2007 @ 9:34 am | post a comment

Aunty Lyn, Turkey is the most Turkish of all the countries I have been in so far. That is, all the other countries I have been able to see some similarities with NZ. However Turkey is different. Not only in the scenery, but also in the culture, food, people. It is a very 'defined' country.

Comment by Rob Thomson — January 14, 2007 @ 9:36 am | post a comment

Stefania, thank you for your suggestion. I am hoping that a nice hot sauna tomorrow at a local bath house will help, but failing that I will give the rice remedy a go!

Comment by Rob Thomson — January 14, 2007 @ 9:37 am | post a comment

Andrew, no pogos. Threw them out after the first week on the trip coz they weighed too much.

Comment by Mum — January 15, 2007 @ 3:40 am | post a comment

The photos are amazingly clear. I guess that's because it's so dry. You might try some other gymnastic stunt – the jumping pics seem to be getting very familiar! (For those who only know Rob through this blog, jumping in a photo is one of Rob's favourite activities.) I suppose it does get some action into them after all that snowy stillness. Are the roads busy?- they look rather empty.

Comment by Aunty Jenny — January 15, 2007 @ 4:15 am | post a comment

Wow! Look at the colour of those blue skies! Fantastic! Hey Rob, pity there wasn't a lake or river that you could do your jumping act into!! Like the photos Lil have of you two jumping into the lake with all your clothes on. Mind you, probably better that than in your birthday suits! Going back to the scenery, I must admit that it reminded me a lot of the Mckenzie basin, but then we are only getting a small window into your world, so we can't get the real feel of the place. Keep jumping though, it looked most ballet like?!

Comment by Rob Thomson — January 15, 2007 @ 4:59 am | post a comment

Mum, the road on this day was very quiet. Only about one car every half hour or so. Unfortunately I think the traffic is going to increase from here on in. Might have to find some more off beat roads to travel on!

Comment by Gianluca — January 21, 2007 @ 10:35 am | post a comment

Hi Rob,

your photos are great. I teach in a school in the middle of Italy and yesterday I talked to my students (11-14 years old) about your trip. They were enthusiastic about your incredible adventure and the special means of transportation you've chosen to realize it. They were so thrilled about your story that I couldn't but give them your website address. I'm quite sure some of them are going to send you a hello-message very soon. I'm doing the same right now: Enjoy your journey and take some other fantastic pictures for us. Bye, Gianluca (Florence, Italy).

Comment by Rob Thomson — January 26, 2007 @ 3:19 am | post a comment

Gianluca, I belive that I may have had a comment from some of your students already. Ilir and Dan, I think…Thank you for your encouragement, and I hope that your students find some inspiration in my journey. If I ever get to Florence, I will come and visit for sure!

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