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Day 26: Transit towards Georgia

Jul 16

Written by: Ilpo Juvander
7/16/2013 10:58 PM  RssIcon

I woke up again early and hoped to get breakfast as well in time, but no. It would be ready only at 08:00…

But instead of that I had a chance to see what was happening on the sky:

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I counted over 30 of these between 07:00 and 08:00 while waiting for the breakfast. Hotel owner was telling me yesterday that in Göreme there were 19 companies arranging these hot balloon flights.

Nice show. I have been once before in one of these, otherwise might have attended one in here. Price was from 80€ to 190€, depending which company you choose.

This Panoramic Cave hotel was still under some building work, but this did not bother me.

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Probably some pool on its way as well, some time in the future:

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Finally at 08:00 I got breakfast, pretty much the same stuff I have got used to during my stay in Turkey, not much surprises waiting here either. Hotel dog was also waiting for the breakfast with me:

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Finally just before 09:00 I was all set to go again.

First I had few hundred kilometers good bigger roads, did few stops just to drink and one to refuel my GSA.

Here I stopped to place where Jandarna were located on top of one mountain. When pointing the camera to their direction there started some yelling immediately…

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Then I got into excellent smaller mountain roads with really nice views!

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And finally I got to the last 150 kilometers which took me through really nice mountains views, but roads where totally horrible! Average speed for this last part was only 37 km/h, before that 83 km/h…

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I did not have any hotel reserved for this day as I was expecting some from the last part, but finally just before the night came I managed to find a bigger town in the mountains (just in time) and an cheap hotel Baraka from Yusufeli.

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Damage for this hotel was only 30 TL, not the best one I have stayed but at least I got a shower and a bed for the night. I might add something to this Lonely Planed review of this hotel… well, it was quite clean what comes to Turkish standards, but no towel, no toilet paper (good that I have that with me), smelly as everybody is smoking inside and shower was just hanging in the wall with all pipes loose.

Walked a bit to find something to eat, but as it was already quite late, all food places had closed done or they did not have anything left. I managed to find one which had some left over meat soap which I happily accepted. Soap was actually quite tasty, together with bread and water cost for it was only 7 TL.

And I was totally done for the day. Last 150 km had done its job. Every piece in my body is telling that this cannot continue anymore!

For this day I managed to drive 788 km in 12 hours.

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Total for the trip is now 7428 km.

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Cannot wait tomorrow when this same road continues…