It is time to leave Erzurum. I can't get the name out of my head. So I compose a ditty
" I love Erzurum, oh Erzurum
Rumpty tum tum, rummy tum tum
Erzurum, oh rummy rum tum "
And so on.....
When I get back to New Zealand I will see if I can get Lorde to sing it and record it then look at putting it in the Turkish Songquest!
Anyway, enough of that. Erzurum from our bedroom window the morning we leave. . Notice all the buildings being high rise in spite of the vast land space available. A lesson for Auckland perhaps?
Today we head to the far east of Turkey and into the Caucasus mountains.
I should feel at home here I guess as I have sometimes been officially referred to as "Caucasian " !
The scenery today could only be described as stunning. Castles, gorges ( gorgeous of course! ) and high mountains. We start off by heading across the plains
Then it is into the mountains
We stop at a small coffee shop where we get given free drinks ( no payment would be accepted ) and fresh cooked lamb off the spit roast ( kebab)
We wind thru canyons
And tunnels everywhere to by pass huge hydro electric dams being built
And a lot of very old castles in strategic positions
We pass thru a town called Savsat. With a name like that I guess it has to be a satellite town! Anyway it has a narrow upward sloping Main Street
You can see from the above photo the amount of room left for the upward traffic. Then you see in the distance is a big truck coming down the street. He takes the whole road. I squeeze the bike tyres against the curb. Not enough room. I lean the bike over into the curb. He inches past with the side of the truck two inches from the left hand pannier bag. Whew!
This night we stay at a quaint rural hotel in the countryside. Very Turkish and very good with nice cool alpine temperatures. Could be a New Zealand vista. No other Europeans within 100 kms I think