Posts Tagged ‘Kızılcahamam’


The mountains are white, and it is snowing. Snow angels, snow balls and a thaw-out at an alpine tea house made for an enjoyable if cold and strenuous day over a 1600m alpine pass.

Snow on the way to Gerede

Snow on the way to Gerede

Our plan was to make an early start, steam over the high pass, and make it all the way to our warm shower host in Karabük by evening. With the road long, and the headwind, snow and sludge slowing us down, we found that this was quite unrealistic. It was good, though, to have a change of scenery, and see everything enveloped in white.

Snowy village

Snowy village

James made a nice snow angel. I didn’t dare – it was cold enough already.. 🙂

Snow angel

Snow angel

The high pass between Kızılcahamam and Gerede

The high pass between Kızılcahamam and Gerede

We made it to the ski town of Gerede. Tomorrow on through the snow. In a few days it will warm up to 21C. Hard to imagine.. 🙂


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.