Eye of the Beholder

Lycian Way, Turkey.  Campsite pre Cukurbag to Kas. Spider spun glistening sunlit gossamer guy lines festoon the narrow path ahead like diaphanous streamers welcoming our approach. I have not shaved since Cricklade, UK. Cutting a swathe through our early morning hero’s parade my silver fox face fungus is rapidly thickening with sticky extra hairs. Not…

Guide Lies

Lycian Way, Turkey.  Gokceoren to Campsite pre Cukurbag Turkish breakfasts are typically raw sliced tomato, raw sliced cucumber, two types of cheese, a boiled egg, fresh bread and honey. Next to the dining table where we sit is another small square table piled almost 40-50cm deep in huge fresh cooked circles of flat Yufka (bread).…

A Hot Shower is the Pinnacle of Civilization

Lycian Way, Turkey.  Magic Circle to Gokceoren. Short shallow cyclic dream sessions soaring weightless and unencumbered over craggy mountaintops are interspersed with simultaneous shifts of our many snuggling positions seeking positions of maximal comfort and shared body warmth in the fresh mountain air. I have travelled far and witnessed marvels many during my twelve plus…

The Magic Circle

Lycian Way, Turkey.  Bezirgan to the Magic Circle. All through dark of night, dogs bark and howl in unending echoing concert. Seemingly a couple of them consider the surrounds of the campsite home turf and circle around our tents frequently answering other dogs calling in the valley. Lying too long in any one position is…

Bone Dry

Lycian Way, Turkey. Kalkan to Bezirgan. Just a little kindness from a pure heart reaps rewards of lifelong friendship in the canine world. Hobo2 has apparently slept in the gardens of our pension as we tossed and turned with whining mosquitos dive bombing us during the night. After we clomp down the stairs he rejoins us…

Mud Slingers

Lycian Way, Turkey.  Akbel via Delikkemer to Patara. New goals grant new attitudes, new latitudes, new freedoms. ‘Enjoy rather than endure’, our new catch cry enables us to skip slogging up the steep streets of Kalkan with our heavy packs to the village/suburb Akbel that lies hilltop above Kalkan. Hotel Zinbad calls us a cab…

The Ruins, The Rocks, The Beach and a Hobo.

Lycian Way, Turkey.  Patara to Kalkan. The Lycian Way was named one of the World’s ten best walks by the Sunday Times. Our walk today, starting at the necropolis of Patara and winding alongside the beautiful rocky coastline, with views of Patara beach on the Turkish Riviera make this an easy claim to believe. Today…