From Gelemis we continued to hike down the road to see some of the archeological site. The site is not actually on the trail, but we wanted to check it out. It was too huge to see the whole thing though, at least, not if we were going to hike back to Kalkan.
So after wandering around lost, we picked up the markers in a field by some cows, and promptly lost them completely again. As usual. Lost, lost, lost. Lost all the time. We gave up, and followed the road up, seemingly going backwards. It was frustrating. Our early start became a late afternoon start because of all this nonsense.
|Robin at Patara Gate|
|Lycian Way Signpost; only took us two hours to find this one!|
|Finally back on the trail, overlooking Patara Beach|
|Robin wasting time reading the Lycian Way guide book|
|Close up picture of harvested Olives drying|
|Olives Drying, Peninsula Hike Patara to Kalkan|
|Look at that! A John Deere Tractor in Turkey!|
|Wyoming! Where the men are men and the sheep are nervous!||What? Where are we?|
|Ahh, the Lycian Way - you fickle serpent|
Well, there was no bus on that highway. Only huge tourist buses that weren't going to stop. We had no luck hitchhiking either. A friendly elderly goat herder told us we had to hike further on to the village of Yesilkoy to get a local dolmus to Kalkan. That was so frustrating as the total road walking was further than what the trail would have been! Finally, out of desperation, we flagged down a car, who happened to be that nice old man with his family. In broken English and Turkish we were able to get the son to call our cab from the day before, and communicate where to pick us up. Well, that's what we were hoping happened! They left, and we sat there with our fingers crossed. Sure enough, the taxi arrived about 20 minutes later! Yes, we're saved!!! It was unbelievable that we even had that man's card with us. Lucky us I guess.
Lycian Way, you beat us again. What was supposed to be one of the most scenic and enjoyable sections of trail, turned out to be just as frustrating and impossible as all the other sections. Thankfully, the wonderful Turkish people came through for us once again.
Effes, food, yum, good night.