Day 73. 72km. Çanakkale – Çan

Posted: November 27, 2014 in Cycling, Turkey
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A little kitten, all alone, meowing on the side of the road. Outside in the cold. I almost tried to take her in my handlebar bag. Passers-by didn’t seem too concerned. Maybe they didn’t understand me. She might freeze. Or get squashed.

A lonely little kitten

A lonely little kitten

After all the cold days, I was worried about climbing into the mountains. There was no need. It was short-sleeve weather for me (about 6C, I think – I overheat easily, as James can testify to). It was also big head-wind weather today. As I crawled along the valley, I was a bit worried about reaching Çan before sunset. (In the end, I made it easily.) And, finally, it was impressive cloud weather today. Although sometimes dark and looming, the clouds kept their water to themselves.

Up the valley from Çanakkale

Up the valley from Çanakkale

Up the valley from Çanakkale

Up the valley from Çanakkale

The road to Çan

The road to Çan

Looming clouds

Looming clouds

See how small she is

See how small she is

Thanks to the kind hotel manager at the Anzac Hotel in Çanakkale, I am now in a hotel that I would have never have found. Recommended as a cheap hotel, it is inside the security wall of a ceramic factory. It reminds me a bit of the teacher accommodation we stayed at in Lüleburgaz. It is a hotel, but, not for the normal public – or at least, it is not widely advertised. Its perfect for a tired cyclist! 🙂

Comments
  1. ton smeets says:

    Hi Matthew
    I still enjoy your stories and trips especialy today because I brought my son en his girlfriend to Schiphol. They are going to Australia and New Sealand for 5 weeks and I hope that they will have a good time there.
    Do you fly to Australia on 5 december and do you stop then your blog ?

    Thanks and all the best in your winter ( summer ) time.

    Ton

    • Hi Ton.
      Indeed, I will stop blogging over the winter. I am leaving Istanbul for Australia (with a few days stopover in Dubai) on December 5. I plan to return to Istanbul on November 30 as the weather after that is going to be crap. My last blog for this year will probably be then.

      I hope your son and his girlfriend enjoy Australia! And you, have a great winter.. 🙂

  2. dvanderzwaan says:

    dat is genieten als je zo over de Çannakele vallei kijkt …. prachtig vooral met die luchten er boven… dat zou je op canvas moeten laten drukken, en dan dat poesje ..zo’n lief snoetje… succes met je laatste week 😦

  3. Roel On2wheels says:

    Nice trip! Goodluck and enjoy it.

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