Day 6 Friday 1st October 2010 66 miles After a good sleep during the carpet sales talk, and in bed later, we had pancakes for breakfast prepared outside before setting off onto another long staight main road heading SW, need I say into the wind again. It was a bit cooler since I had to wear a jacket over my shirt for the first 5 miles and then it warmed up again into the 30's. On this road a lorry passed in the opposite direction and there was an almighty bang as though he had crashed and I turned to see his rear tyre had exploded and bits of rubber were flying all over the road. A close thing for me since they would have hit me. All got together for run into Konya City since it was a busy road with several underpasses to centre and around a very large island. the hotel was found behind the Post Office on a narrow street. After a shower I went to an internet cafe only to find this site was down and had to wait to make this report later. Went around the amazing street markets with Peter Oz, which go on
forever selling anything one could ever want. We went into local cafe, with sawdust on the floor, for a cup of chai and ordered it only for it to be brought in by a Chai boy from off the street. We found that in many places in Turkey the cafes have the tea and coffee brought in by Chai Boys carrying it on little trays. When we emerged from the cafe we had travelled so far into the labyrinth of market streets that we were unsure of our location and struggled to find our hotel. Evenually we found the Post Office and hence our bed for the night. Good evening meal in restaurant down the street of soup, bread and salad, slow cooked lamb with rice and vegetables - very good.
I am a retired engineer, born in 1945, who loves cycle touring. I have ridden Lands End John O Groats, C2C, the Three Towers (Blackpool - London -Paris Blackpool), European section of North Sea Cycle Route (Rotterdam to Bergen, 3,500 km), several sportives and trips to Spain and the Alps, Slovenia, Albania, Macedonia, Turkey, Japan, Kerala and Tamil Nadu (India), Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Australia, including Tasmania and New Zealand. Kyushu Japan, USA, Republic of Ireland and Sicily. I ride several sportives each year and ride one day every week with some retired riders and usually lead a gr... full info