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February 9th, 2007 | categorizilation: all categories,Turkey

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I set no alarm today. Sleeeeeeeep…

Woke up at 7:30am anyway, just coz I am in that zone. Wandered down to the mosque to fill up on drinking water. They have a spring at the mosque in Chamkonak. The sun was rising over the water. Magic.

Chamkonak, Black Sea coast of Turkey

The sun was rising over my tent when I got back.

Chamkonak, Black Sea coast of Turkey

I cooked up some rice and raisin goop, gobbled it down, and was exhausted. I was still very much under the weather. My sinuses were still threatening to rupture at any moment.

I dozed until noon, until I was woken by two fishing boats sorting something out in the small cove.

Chamkonak, Black Sea coast of Turkey

This scene suddenly motivated me to do a spot of fishing myself. I fashioned a hook out of the stainless wire I have, attached this to my aluminium pole with some polyester thread, and made a sinker out of a small sandstone stone.

Handmade hook and sinker (Chamkonak, Black Sea coast of Turkey)

I used some shellfish as bait, and waited.

I tried to catch a fish in Chamkonak, Black Sea coast of Turkey

No luck after 20 minutes, and I was hungry. Cooked up some wheat with garlic soup for lunch.

Chamkonak, Black Sea coast of Turkey

After all this activity I was zonked. Took some more Panadol and spent the rest of the avo dozing in the tent. This song still in my head. Perfect.

Chamkonak, Black Sea coast of Turkey

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Comment by Mum — February 11, 2007 @ 4:32 pm | post a comment

You might have to get stuck into the garlic. 1/2 a cup per day is supposed to do the trick. Pity you haven't got it in pills instead.

Comment by Chris J — February 12, 2007 @ 12:53 am | post a comment

Hi Rob,

Looks like you found a great spot to take a rest. I guess 12,000km in 200 days was a bit optimistic huh? Well, you know what they say about "the best laid plans". Doesn't sound like you are too broken up about being slightly off schedule though. Wouldn't it be neat to arrive in England exactly 365 days after the trip started? Maybe that's just me. Feel better soon, enjoy yourself, and God speed!

Comment by Aunty Jenny — February 12, 2007 @ 4:47 pm | post a comment

The sea looks so clear and clean. The fish could probably see you and got scared off by the beard! Nothing wrong with a good rest. Do you good to stop for awhile and recharge your batteries. Lil has managed to get herself glandular fever, right when she has started a new job, and is training. She should have at least a week off, but she refuses as she will miss out on too much information.

Comment by Aunty Jenny — February 12, 2007 @ 4:49 pm | post a comment

By the way, clever picture of the smoke swirling in the air. Your photography is becoming very artistic!

Comment by akimoto — February 13, 2007 @ 2:29 am | post a comment

Hey Jollynut, you are the real Robinson and the world is your island. You DO the right thing and this experience will last a life long. I think we all envy you, although it surely is hard work that you are doing.

Gather enough new energy before you head off to ISTANBUL and abroad. You will need it, cause there is still a long way to go. With your own pace. Stay warm and get healthy again.

Cheers Akimoto

Comment by Gaia — February 13, 2007 @ 7:52 am | post a comment

Hi Rob,

my teacher told me about you…

It's a very amazing trip.

I'm from Italy, so I hope you'll

come here… bye bye and sorry for my english…it's not very good…

Comment by Andrew C — February 14, 2007 @ 1:21 am | post a comment

Mate, that is a fantastic song to have stuck in your head. I hope it stays there for a while. Only to be replaced by some Chicane or Robert Miles. Looks like the perfect place to chill out for a while. Take care

Comment by Uncle Peter — February 14, 2007 @ 6:57 am | post a comment

Nice haircut! Will the real Rob please stand up? This is going from the sublime to the ridiculous. Will they let you through immigration?

Comment by Murdo — February 14, 2007 @ 7:48 am | post a comment

Hey man,

Love the pictures you are taking..those couple of days spent relaxing in that tent sound great to me! Hope your condition improves soon though.

Nice effort on making the fishing pole – very resourceful indeed! Keep it up and remember, whenever you reach the UK, it will be a great achievement!

Comment by Mum — February 15, 2007 @ 2:07 am | post a comment

What a shame to lose all that hair in one go. No one will be able to recognise you now especially all those people in Zonguldak who saw your pic in the local rag. Or was that the idea?

Comment by akimoto — February 15, 2007 @ 5:42 am | post a comment


Italy is great. Now we are two!

Let us promote Italy to Rob.

Tell him how great the people in Italy are and that the food is FANTASTIC!!!

Rob is afraid that Italy will be too expensive.

Help him to go to Italy:-)

Ciao, Ciao


Comment by Aunty Jenny — February 15, 2007 @ 5:50 pm | post a comment

Yey!!! Rob is back!! Great to see your face again! I hope you had a shower and washed your clothes before you got your hair cut, or the poor barber would have had to fumigate his place after you left!

Comment by Emma — February 16, 2007 @ 7:32 am | post a comment


Hope your last few days in Istanbul have been great. Love the photos and was great to meet you.

Chat soon

Em x

Comment by Satoshi — February 16, 2007 @ 11:07 am | post a comment


about the Tofas cars, I bet you will comment on SEAT cars when you are in Europe. There are some companies who licence-produce more famous European cars – Tofas makes Volkswagen Golf etc and SEAT in Spain makes Italian FIAT cars under their own brand. It's the same as Sanitarium makes Weetbix and Marmite in NZ while it's known as Weetabix (note the added A)in UK under another brand name… don't ask me why NZ sanitarium claims it's NZ's original and own.

Comment by Rob Thomson — February 18, 2007 @ 8:45 am | post a comment


Mum, I think 1/2 a cup of garlic would clear traffic, let alone my sinuses!

Chris J, I'll see what I can do about the 'choudo ichinen! idea…

Akimoto, thank you for the ongoing encouragement! As fot Italy…you never know…

Andrew, I had forgotten about Robert Miles, thanks for the reminder.

Emma, twas great to have your company in Istanbul. Great pics on your photo site. If I cycle really really really fast, maybe I might even see you in Europe! Or…maybe not.

Satoshi, how dare you! Weetbix is New Zealand made through and through. Or, at least that's what I always thought…………It is isn't it? No? Uh oh…………..my whole world may be crashing in around me……………..Arrrrrrgh!

Comment by Rob Thomson — February 18, 2007 @ 8:55 am | post a comment

Gaia, your English is just great! No problems! I'll be sure to cycle in Italy. I am looking forward to it.

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