Another covid-shortened bicycle tour

where we visited Ekşili Göleti

IMG_20210604_133101_6 by bryandkeith on flickr

and Kocaçay Şelalesi.

IMG_20210604_192412 by bryandkeith on flickr

This time, however, it was good covid news. A few days before we were scheduled to depart, my turn came up for a covid vaccination! I got an appointment for the following Monday, and we decided to make it a weekend tour to the above destinations. (I hope to leave on the original planned route next week so with a little luck I’ll be writing about that soon).

The short tour worked out well for Barış since it was his first bicycle tour. His only complaint was a sore bottom. Tuğçe had joined us two years ago on our Frig Yolu week. Here they are a bit north of Antalya:

IMG_20210604_115150 by bryandkeith on flickr

and later in the day at the waterfall:

IMG_20210604_191108 by bryandkeith on flickr

We passed a couple (presumably Ottoman) cisterns on the way there.

IMG_20210604_095138 by bryandkeith on flickr
IMG_20210604_122418 by bryandkeith on flickr

and I liked this bay window in Ekşili:

IMG_20210604_125623 by bryandkeith on flickr

Ekşili Göleti is a small reservoir near the eponymous village.

IMG_20210604_134245 by bryandkeith on flickr
IMG_20210604_134037 by bryandkeith on flickr

We had heard of people camping at Kocaçay Şelalesi (a waterfall), but none of us had been there before and didn’t know that it’s very difficult to get bicycles there. We were happy to find this easily accessible campsite a bit downstream

IMG_20210604_154032 by bryandkeith on flickr

and walked up to the waterfall for an after dinner swim when it was less crowded.

IMG_20210604_191807 by bryandkeith on flickr
IMG_20210604_191621 by bryandkeith on flickr

The return trip the following day was farther east, largely on roads that none of us had been on before. The road between Ekşili and Karaöz is particularly nice,

IMG_20210605_075313 by bryandkeith on flickr
IMG_20210605_080303 by bryandkeith on flickr

and the canal road heading south from there on the east side of the main Antalya-Isparta road had no traffic at all.

IMG_20210605_091157 by bryandkeith on flickr

IMG_20210605_123946 by bryandkeith on flickr

Quite a fun weekend, and now I’ve had my first dose of Biontech’s (aka Pfizer, but they don’t distribute in Turkey) covid vaccination. 🙂

ek%C5%9Fili_tur_100dpi by bryandkeith on flickr
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2 Responses to Another covid-shortened bicycle tour

  1. Mike Painter says:

    Looks like a nice weekend trip. And congrats on being Pfizer-ized! (Me, too!)

  2. Deniz says:

    Amazing pictures! Your stories make the day brighter, Bryan.

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