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February 8th, 2007 | categorizilation: all categories,Turkey

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Today’s distance / 今日の走行距離: 46.17km
Average speed / 平均速度: 11.9km/h
Time on bike / 走行時間: 3h 51mm
Total distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 3344.8km (plus 4200km)
Ascent / 上り: +575m
Descent / 下り: -550m

I am under the weather.

I have the usual. Nasal headache and sore throat.

Great roads today though. I took some small side roads to what I thought was going to be Kefken Village. On the way I found a new water pipeline under construction. I was allowed to take photos.

Water pipeline near Karasu, Black Sea caost of Turkey)

Water pipeline near Karasu, Black Sea caost of Turkey)

In the bottom photo, they are temporarily installing an automated welding jig that does the required four welds to join the pipe pieces. The four welds take one hour to complete. Fully auto. Cool man.

I got lost. I was tired, sick, and just wanted to curl up in my tent. I was well and truely in the sticks.

In the sticks (near Chamkonak, Black Sea coast of Turkey)

I did the only thing that made sense. I headed for The Sea. And I found the most fabulously restful and relaxing spot on Earth. Chamkonak.

It fulfilled all my requirements. No people. A view of the sea from my tent. Grass to pitch the tent on. Fresh water nearby. Beautiful sunny day.

Chamkonak, Black Sea coast of Turkey

The sea was a far cry from the hammering waves of a week ago in Inebolu.

Chamkonak, Black Sea coast of Turkey

I did just what I wanted to do. I took two Panadols to dull the pain of my sinuses, and curled up in my tent, with the gentle lapping of the waves in my ears, and a gentle warm breeze wafting through the tent. I recalled this song – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMJX2CGrGcA

Just perfect.

Oh, and today is day 200 of the journey. According to my original plan, I was going to be in England today. Oh well. I would much rather be right here.

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Comment by Mum — February 11, 2007 @ 4:27 pm | post a comment

So when do you reckon you'll hit England now?

Comment by Aunty Les — February 12, 2007 @ 2:39 am | post a comment

The sea looks very inviting in the photos but I dare say it will be very chilly.

Comment by Mum — February 12, 2007 @ 3:14 am | post a comment

Actually, I was thinking that the water looked good enough to have another WASH in – you know, refresh the smelly body?

Comment by Aunty Jenny — February 12, 2007 @ 4:38 pm | post a comment

The scenery is very beautiful. I noticed the construction guys are well kitted up for safety (NOT). Looking at your mum's comments, just when was the last time you managed to wash yourself and your clothes? Just as well you are camping out in the wops! Great place to convales though.

Comment by Rob Thomson — February 18, 2007 @ 8:53 am | post a comment

Mum, I reckon I'll be in England in about 4 months. With all the reduction in weight that I've done here in Istanbul, I should be able to go a little faster now.

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