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I learned the cycling word ‘bumpy’ in Finland. A short climb and then a drop followed by another climb. The road to Kızılcahamam was bumpy, following a gorge up into the mountains. When we arrived, we felt like we had done some exercise. Oh, and I clocked up my fastest speed ever on the bike – 67 km/h.

James before the drop to Güdül

James before the drop to Güdül

Güdül was at our customary 30km lunch stop.

View from near Güdül

View from near Güdül

Güdül

Güdül

Some pandas hanging in the window

Some pandas hanging in the window

Kôfte

Kôfte

Kızılcahamam is a tourist town near Ankara with lots of hamams and hot spring water. Rather than take a hamam, James and I decided to… eat.

Kızılcahamam 30

Kızılcahamam 30

Road to Kızılcahamam

Road to Kızılcahamam

Ayran fountain

Ayran fountain

James and me at dinner

James and me at dinner

Unpacked, we have a mountain of clothes.

Unpacked, we have a mountain of clothes.

Tomorrow will be interesting. It is meant to snow tonight, and we have been advised to take the main road rather than the small road we were planning to take. I guess it might be icy and dangerous. It will be our first snow.


Up over the mountain in the sunny but crisp morning, and a spectacular vista opens out before us, breathtaking in its size and scope. A canyon of epic scale with a lake far, far below. Today was a day of rolling down into the canyon, through cherry blossom fields, and across a white, chalky landscape to the town of Beypazarı.

Drahtesel on the way to Beypazarı

Drahtesel on the way to Beypazarı

Down through an alpine forest from Mihalıççık to open out on a canyon lake-bed vista that went on forever.

Looking out over the vast panorama

Looking out over the vast panorama

Dropping down to the valley, we passed a village of cherry blossom.

Cherry blossom village

Cherry blossom village

The lunar landscape was bright in the dazzling sun. White and creamy brown cliff faces on the side of the lake, with a layer of green. The road rolled over the undulating landscape, with the blue lake on the left and chalky cliffs of the right.

Chalky landscape

Chalky landscape

James cycling through the chalky landscape

James cycling through the chalky landscape

Beypazarı

Beypazarı

Famous Beypazarı 80 layer baklava

Famous Beypazarı 80 layer baklava