By Ahmet Abdulaziz ….
CyprusScene is following Abdulhalim Akçay, who is continuing his long cycling tour of Turkey. He plans to visit 81 provinces and 800 districts in a period of 2 years. Here is his diary for the period from 14th – 21st April 2019.
137th day (14/04/2019)
After İNLİCE he started off towards FETHİYE. The Baba mountain area was waiting for him to be crossed. The sky was full of clouds. It took more than half of the day to reach Fethiye. The gears of his cycle were having some problem, so he needed a repair shop. While he was looking for a repair shop he met Mr. Bahadir and Mr. Unal who not only helped him to get all of his problems solved, but also received him as their guest. He spent the rest of the day taking pictures and meeting people.
138th day (15/04/2019)
He went to the ancient AFKULE monastery and the village which was at a distance of about 8 km from Fethiye. It was a wonderful place to see.
139th day (16/04/2019)
He left most of his luggage in the house of Mr. Bahadir, and started off to tour the area on his cycle.
The area was hilly, and in some places there was paragliding. At some places the height was over 2000 metres from sea level. It was possible to see the Dead Sea from there. He toured the ancient Laguana village. On his way he met a Russian tourist family. The road was hilly and needed much energy to cycle through its ups and downs. The weather was cloudy and he faced rain as well on his way. At the end of the day he was interviewed by the Fethiye Television.
140th day (17/04/2019)
He left Fethiye after breakfast, and moved ahead towards SEYDİKEMER. It was a bit out of the way, but he did not want to miss it, so he went there and took some photographs. There he met a motorcyclist, who was following him through social media.
From Seydikemer he moved towards SAKLIKENT KANYONU. It is a beautiful place well known for its beautiful waterfall. It was difficult to reach there. There were some tourists who had come to see the water falling from top of the canyon, making it a beautiful scene to watch. The water was cool. Later on he went to PATARA beach after passing through KIRIK and PALAMUT village.
He thought of pitching his tent on the beach, but found that it had been officially banned during this period. However, the local authorities allowed him to stay for the night there, as a special case.
141st day (18/04/2019)
He spent a wonderful night on Patara beach. He met some Chinese tourists, and spent a good time with them. He started off towards KALKAN – KAŞ. He had a break at a Petrol Station, where he met some other Chinese tourists.
On his way he met an Australian couple who were on their way from Adana to Istanbul by bicycle. He enjoyed their company.
He reached KALKAN, which is a lovely place. From there he turned towards KAŞ. In Kaş he went to see the ancient theatre, and later found a place to pitch his tent for a night’s stay, along with the tent of another tourist.
142nd day (19/04/2019)
He reached YAVU village, when it was almost evening. The whole day cycling had made him very tired. Though the day was full of passing through lovely natural scenery and meeting people, he was tired at the end of the day.
The Imam of the local mosque helped him and allowed him to stay in his tent inside the garden of the mosque. The Imam helped him a lot.
143rd day (20/04/2019)
He left the YAVU village at about 10am. First he thought of going to DEMRE but half way, he changed his plan and turned towards KEKOVA.
Kekova, also named Caravola, is a small Turkish island near the Demre district of Antalya province which faces the villages of Kaleköy and Üçağız. Kekova has an area of 4.5 km² and is uninhabited.
With the help of some friends he toured the under sea area of the old city. It was wonderful sight to see the old ruins under the water. The tour was for about 1.5 hours. It was a wonderful tour in all respects.
He returned back to ÇAYAĞZI where he pitched his tent at a suitable place and slept.
144th day (21/04/2019)
In the morning he went to see the museum. There he met some tourists from Ukraine.
He moved ahead towards DEMRE. He went to see the Nikolay castle, which is very popular among the Russian tourists. From there he went to see the ancient theatre of Myra. The tourism season had started and tourists could be seen everywhere.
Next he started off towards FINIKE. The road was wonderful and was suitable for his bicycle. On that particular day it was a kite flying festival in Finike. However he also went to KUMLUCA village also. It was almost evening when he reached Kumluca.
There was a good allocated place of the local municipality, where he pitched his tent for the night.