14degrees off the beaten track
home | about | route | blog | photo gallery | vids | gear | FAQ | links | contact | PRESS | 14degrees off the beaten track in Japanese

January 31st, 2007 | categorizilation: all categories,Turkey,vids

« Previous Day                                                                                                   Next Day »

Oh yeah, gimme some of that.

Black Sea coast looking towards Cide from Inebolu, Turkey

Gale force winds continue today. My little walk along the shores of the Black Sea this morning was a tough one. At times difficult to maintain balance, I decided that if it’s this tough just walking, that cycling would be impossible (at 2pm, the internet weather report was reporting winds of 67 km/h).

Horizontal snow followed soon after I shot the clips.

(click on image for short video clip – video will open in a new window)

Oh well, looks like another day inside, eating.

By the way, a few people have asked me if I know why the Black Sea is called the Black Sea. I consulted Wikipedia, and it appears that there are a few possible reasons.

‘The motive for the name may be an ancient assignment of colors to the direction of the compass, black referring to the north, and red referring to the south.’

‘Another possible explanation comes from the color of the Black Sea’s deep waters. Being further north than the Mediterranean Sea and much less saline, the microalgae concentration is much more rich, hence the dark color. Visibility in the Black Sea is on average approximately five meters (5.5 yd), as compared to up to thirty-five meters (38 yd) in the Mediterranean.’

REF: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sea#Name

« Previous Day                                                                                                   Next Day »

    Permanent Link     Comments (21)

Comment by Uncle Peter — February 1, 2007 @ 5:05 am | post a comment

How the Tay Street/Dee Street corner's changed. Well that's progress for you!

Comment by Rob Thomson — February 1, 2007 @ 5:16 am | post a comment

Uncle Peter, I guess so.

Comment by Aunty Lynley — February 1, 2007 @ 6:59 am | post a comment

Wow!! That looks mighty cold. What is the wind chill factor there today?

On Sunday in Chiang Mai the weather was pretty cold – a strongish wind and only 20 degrees!!

Comment by Chris J — February 1, 2007 @ 7:07 am | post a comment

Rob, when you said "gale force winds" you weren't kidding! That looks a bit like typhoon footage from late summer here in Japan (well except for the snow of course).

I love the inverted crossing sign too.

Good thing you weren't up some mountain on that bike of yours with all that blowing around. Enjoy some indoor time catching up on your eating!

Comment by Rob Thomson — February 1, 2007 @ 7:40 am | post a comment

Aunty Lynley, I'm at sea level, so it's not all that freezing cold that I had a few weeks ago. The snow doesn't hang around on the ground for long…

Comment by Rob Thomson — February 1, 2007 @ 7:44 am | post a comment

Chris, I was reminded of Japan for sure!

Comment by Murdo — February 1, 2007 @ 8:08 am | post a comment


That is an awesome picture at the top..the sea really looks so powerful and dark. The sky and mountains also look fantastic!

Definitely use that one in your book :-)

Comment by martynJ — February 1, 2007 @ 9:25 am | post a comment

Wow – that's serious windsurfing Weather!!

Comment by Rob Thomson — February 1, 2007 @ 9:28 am | post a comment

MartynJ, maybe I should attach a sail to the bike! Then I,d be in London in no time!

Comment by tofa — February 1, 2007 @ 11:52 am | post a comment

you need to get yourself a big kite to tow you around bro

Comment by Lesley Bond — February 1, 2007 @ 2:04 pm | post a comment

If Turkey's weather is hospitable, what's inhospitable weather like?

Comment by Aunty Jenny — February 1, 2007 @ 3:51 pm | post a comment

Hey Rob, I like Chris's idea. You could go recumbrant parachute riding! Wouldn't have to go down hill to get your speed up then! As much as I would love to see the Black Sea, I sure as heck could not stand that kind of weather. Way too cold for me. I noticed in the clip, however, that the local guy wasn't all that warmly wrapped up. Just a hoodie.

Comment by Rach Callander — February 1, 2007 @ 4:47 pm | post a comment

flippin awesome

Comment by snotrocket — February 1, 2007 @ 6:05 pm | post a comment

Is that wind common in the area?

Comment by Andrew C — February 1, 2007 @ 11:51 pm | post a comment

Dude. Are you really biking across asia and europe to London? Or are you secretly hiding out in Wellington?!

I love the music you put in the video clip. What is it?

Comment by Anna — February 2, 2007 @ 3:04 am | post a comment

Haha that weather looks exactly the same as what I am looking at in Invers at the moment – minus the snow though, it is summer of course :)

Comment by Lesley Bond — February 2, 2007 @ 9:55 pm | post a comment

Nana's comment after seeing the video was that it reminded her of 'Bank Corner' in Invercargill!

Comment by Rob Thomson — February 4, 2007 @ 9:37 am | post a comment

Snotrocket, I think that this weather must be fairly uncommon, but the locals weren't exactly panicking. Some locals were telling me today however that bad weather is common on the coast for the four months of winter.

Comment by Rob Thomson — February 4, 2007 @ 9:40 am | post a comment

Andrew, the music in the clip is 'Time Of Our Lives' by Peter Van Dyk. Listen to it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hhGE8kHhFU. I rather like it too.

Comment by Rob Thomson — February 4, 2007 @ 9:40 am | post a comment

Anna, good to hear that Invers isn't being affected by adverse changes in climate…

Comment by hudai — February 13, 2007 @ 10:01 am | post a comment

Hi! Rob ı am writeing in Amasra.so ı coult not anderstant where are you now?careful your self!:D

Leave a comment

* required fields