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Published: September 18th 2016
MAKU to DOGUBAZIT, TURKEY. 16 September, 2016
23 Kms SubT. Kms 2813.37 kms . Road Condition: ok Weather: MILD 27c cloudy. Time in Saddle: 55 mins Av Speed: av. 24.8 kph. Av Cadence. 71 RpmElevation: 150 m up; 0 m downCalories burned : > 1000
Today at breakfast we were told that the town we were to cycle to overnight had a terrorist issue with the PPK, the Kurdish Revolutionary Army, killing 7 policeman. Mid morning the Turkish Airforce retaliated bombing the village of the terrorists 15 kms from town. So the cycling after Iran was curtailed.
Hence the short distance. We are hoteling rather than camping And tomorrow we will be bused to Kars, our next official rest day, one day early. We are restricted to the hotel building here in Dogubazit, which is 6 kms from centre.
Apparently after the recent incidents in Istanbul and the failed coup, the government removed mayors from power in this region upsetting the Kurdish minority, resulting in last night.
On a happy note we cycled on Iranian roads which gave us a great, though partially clouded view of Mt Ararat, little Mt Ararat of Noah's Ark fame.
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date order. Internet difficulties have made it hard to keep on top. Photos are of Caravanserai, seen 2 days ago, St Thadius Monastery, oldest known Christian Monastery from 400 AD, Thadius was 1 of 12 apostles at the Last Suppet, entombed here, camp.
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