I started the trek with differents issues, the one regarding my hammock was a good lesson to adapt. When i finally found some good rope and carabiners i switch the challenge to how can I improve my system?
I really got better at finding good tress with the good placement. Cost me a few bad nights of sleep but now i now how tight my hammock should be. I got faster at setting up everything.
Every day the technique was improving a bit, found some new ideas for tighting my tarp etc.
Also with a long hike like that, the importance of small things revealed his importance. Such as the rythmin of your day. How to plan your water in order to be safe but not carry 3 liter all day for nothing.
Hiking is also about efficiency, time and energy are important to save!
The way my bag pack is organized made sense from the beginning. How to balance your weight, put the things you might need during the day easy to reach and so on.
To set up my camp and cook there is no secret, i have to take out most of my stuff. That is ok, it's the end of the day. But Packing my bag in the morning is a cordinated ballet that i improved a little bit every time.
Next day was really warm and i was out of everything (battery, water and food). I walked to the next village with all the dogs following me, i arrived starving and super thirsty. It was a little port village with a lot of fisherman. Lovely place! I stopped in a restaurant to eat a fresh fish, charged my phone and made groceries.
Nice to chill a bit also, i knew the importance of rythmin for each hike day in order to enjoy. But on a month you should stop in certain spot and enjoy them a bit more 😉
So far all the break i took were because of a storm coming and in a town. I didn't really took the time to fully enjoy a spot. For sure i had lunch in beautiful places, swam in the sea and took break in front of charming views. In the beginning of the hike, the walking days were less intense and physically challenging so i was doing slow morning in order to enjoy a bit the spots and get in the rythmin of walking and slowly waking up earlier.
So i felt it was the good moment to take a break, allow my knee to rest in warm environment. I was walking near the coast and weather seemed good. So i decided to stop in a beach i could see on the map.
It was a long walk to get there and water was really hard to find in the area. I arrived there late, i knew it would be a windy night but should get calmer later on.
I set up my hammock in some of the only trees I could see around. Beautiful spot but very exposed for the wind and the tree were too close of each other. Not my best night...
Still adjusting with the dog and my cooking/eating time but slowly improving.😅
Woke up late but the wind was so strong that i couldn't relax proprely. I prepared some wood for cooking a nice lunch, change spot my hammock that was almost sailing in the wind.
Eventually the wind calm down and i could cook a nice meal : spaghetti with salmon, olive oil and persil👌
The dog is barking every time someone is approaching. He's young and actually wants to play with people. It's interesting to see the reaction of people now that I'm looking at it from a different perspective. When he's barking he's moving his tail and clearly shows a friendly behavior but not everyone reacts the same way. Some people are really scared and don't know how to react properly. Knowing what is to be scared of a dog, i always try to calm the dog and assure the people that everything is fine.
I'm now teaching now to not bark all the time. Anyway, i see myself in the reaction of people that are scared and i can really see what I changed in my behavior. Being on the other side of the mirror is also a good lesson!
On the other hand, people that know how to react and love dogs you can see immediately. Plus opöchuk is young and wants to play with everyone, so when they are welcoming it's always a nice moment 🙂
Anyway that day when i was cooking, a guy passed by and the dog was barking. He reacted really well. I tried to speak with the guy but he was russian and spoke only a few words of English. He was looking for a spot to camp here tonight.
So i met Andre and his girlfriend. They loved opöchuk so it was nice, they were playing a lot with him and feeding him. Communication was hard but somehow with the little english he knew he was speaking in russian i was guessing/understanding and translating in english and we could have some small conversation. There are lot of russian in turkey and on the lycian way. I guess i heard a lot of lately and started picking up a few things here and there. Don't ask me how ? 😅
Plus when russian see me on the path they always assume I'm russian and speak to me in russian!
I enjoyed very much the afternoon, i went in the sea twice, took a nap, read, stretched, meditate and just enjoyed the view.
My second spot was way better for sleeping. Weather looked god so i didn't put the tarp to sleep with the stars view. Really cool 😎 of course it rained a bit in the middle of the night. I had anticipated so my ridge line was already set up and the tarp next to my hammac. I set it up without getting out of my hammock, challenge! 😁
Morning wake up, let a bit my stuff drying, Andre and his girlfriend invited me for breakfast, nice! Some warm tea after the rainy night. They were supper nice, gave me a lemon and some winter tea to stay warm on the way. Packed my stuff, said goodbye and Continued to Demre to prepare for the next steps supposed to be quite hard.
On the way crossed a nice beach, met some scary dogs. There are the Anatolian dogs that are known to fight with the wolfs in the mountains.
But with opöchuk they were playing 😇
Met with an english family leaving in Turkey for a while. They also invited for some tea 🍵
Got lost around some ruins and then started walking along a road. What a shock after all this time relax in the nature. This afternoon the sky was gray and walking with opöchuk in this city environment was not funny at all. I had to tight him to a leach because the concept of road seemed a bit abstract to him..
I stopped to eat some meat in a restaurant and charge my phone. I went to buy some groceries and Left the dog tight up outside. He broke the rope and found me in the super market 😅
So i ended up buying a real leach, some kind of long term commitment between us!
This is supposed to be the place where saint Nicholas is coming from!
The etape coming was a 2-3days hike with no food and not much water on the way starting from sea level and going up to 1800m to go down again to see level!
first step: getting out of the city to be already on the path for the next morning. I walked through an are full of green houses and dogs. I had to deal with a lot of "dog meetings". Sometimes they went well sometime not really... The problem is that my dog wants to play with all of them but some are quite territorial and don't seem really willing to 🧐
So humid that afternoon, i arrived exhausted !
I found a spot next to a sheppard shelter, met the sheppard's son working there. Impressive how young he was but already quite confident for a child. We chatted a bit and he offered me the shelter for the night. I thanked him and told him i would use it if they would be some rain. Went to bed early to be ready for a big walking day 💪
Quite a warm and steep day ☀️i walked up to 1200m high. I was planning to camp before but i could see on the hill a nice pineforest that looked perfect for my hammock. The more i was walking, the more it looked far away. At some point i stopped because I was exhausted and the sun was going down. I set up as i could but being in a big slope with a lot of distance between the trees made it pretty hard!
Not a good night! Pretty cold and not good set up for my hammock.
Started walking early, this top was my birthday present 🎁
Really steep, the path was really hard to find and unfortunately a bit misty that day. Couldn't have a good visibility but the place looked quite mystical like that!
I got lost many times that day, the path was almost none existant and my gps helps me for general directions but it's not precise enough in those moments.
Anyway i managed to go Top and down in one day! Happy about the performance i arrived at the entrance of the town. I got welcomed by a lot of dogs but not nice ones this time...
It started to get dark and the storm was coming at night i was looking forward for a place to sleep well. I had still about an hour through the town to walk. I don't really enjoy those parts plus the dogs were not giving me a good vibe. I started hitchhiking but inside of a town with a dog my chances were very low. I couldn't get in the bus because of the dog. So i ended up taking a taxi (normally not allowed neither to take dogs) 🚖
I arrived in this Motel located on the way out of the town. The place felt old but was pet friendly, So perfect!
Took a long shower, ate a lot and relaxed. I stayed two nights because the storm was spraid out on two days. This Motel and the owner gave the feeling that time stopped. It was like nothing had moved in the last year's inside of the place. Plus the guy had his personal stuff a bit everywhere, you really feel that he got lost in time and space in this Motel. He was very nice with the dog, asked me if I needed things for him and allowed me to take him with me in the room haha!
The shoes i bought in Kas were killing my feet and the other ones were about to die for good. This place was my last chance to find something. I found a shop that had real shoes of "quality". I Bought a new pair and a new t-shirt because the other one was clearly done 😅
My next step coming was along a road for the whole day. Damian, the swiss guy that was ahead of me had recommended me to skip that one. Problem : i could not take a public bus with the dog. So, Next morning i started hitchhiking hitchiking with a dog hopping to make the way in one day.
My first ride of the day was a tractor ☺️ In the end people stopped even though I had the dog. Sometimes, they asked me if it was mine and then when said yes indeed. They would say sorry no dog inside of my car. Culturally, religionsly speaking it could be tricky in Turkey. Plus covid did not help. On the other hand a woman made a big detour to help me because I had a dog 🐕
I Made it to karaöz more than in time. Glad to be out of the city, where the dog and myself could be more relaxed 😎
Walked a bit and slept in a spot called pirate bay. Last stop for the day. Perfect spot with water 🤠
A dog barked literally all night! This next step has no water source during the whole day and I was quite tired but it was one of the most beautiful of the whole hike. The coast line mixed with beautiful rock formation and the patch goes next to it and through the forest.
It was a real pleasure to amire those landscapes!
I Stopped just before adrasan, the little village that closes this etape. This night was very cold. I learned later that it matched a wave of cold winds coming from the north, that the whole country experienced!
I woke up still not totally rested from the previous nights but already a bit better. I walked to adrasan to have a Chill morning drinking tea, charging my phone and taking care of the bugs that had my dog. I talked with the guy from the shop where i drank my tea. Cool guy that used to be a gourmet chef before.
Then it was time to get going to olympos. So i started my walk. It was a bit late to start but I was going quite fast.
It had been two days that i was walking more or less at same rythmin that a group of elder Ukrainians. I made it to the top (wich was the half of this etape) around the end of afternoon and so the Ukrainians. What a Magical place on this top! I decided to stop there for the night.
My Plan was to stop for a day of break in this spot. There was suppose to be some water there and the view was amazing. I had a very hard time to find the source and it was not super clean water but fortunately, i found next to the a fire spot an old tea pot. Perfect to boil my water to make sure I will have enough.
As soon as the sun went down, it got so cold that i felt it was going to snow or something 😅It was clearly one of the coolest night so far!!!
I woke up really late because of the cold during the night. Ate my lunch in the sun and still i was cold. So i changed my plan and left, really tired from the last nighs extremely cold 🥶
I walked around thinking he would just appear like always. But this time he didn't. I had to buy some food before the only shop closes. I went to buy some stuff and left my backpack there to go back looking for him. At this point i realized how much I was already caring about him, i was really sad!
I went back on the beach and i found him waiting for food next to people camping. I called him and he ran to me through the whole beach. Both really happy to be together again! I bought him a little reward at the shop, some sausages that he swallowed 😅
It was getting dark and a bit just timing to get out of olympos and find a place to sleep. We started walking really quickly in direction to the entrance of the national park of chimerea. I was thinking to sleep around there because it was outside of the town and i saw some water on the map. Once i arrived the water was not working anymore and the spot not so welcoming to camp. I looked for water and found some by the entrance of the park. Of course I had to pay to access it... After the episode of the rain i decided not to discuss this time considering the time and that i had anyway to pass by there to reach my path. The guy told me that i couldn't not sleep close to the entrance but further on it was ok. The point he indicated me was like a hour away. I started walking knowing that i would never reach that point before the sunset. As i was walking i was seeing all the family coming back from their day excursion. Nobody was understanding why this gypsy style guy was starting his hike now 😅
The main attraction of this park are the flames of chimerea. There are old as the legend of the Greeks gods. They use to believe there were some kind of god manifestation. Now we know they exist because of some gaz coming out of the earth. Yet nobody can really agree on the explainaton of the phenomenon.
Anyway i decided to set my camp at the first flame spots. It was getting dark and i was exhausted. I struggled to find some good trees for my hammock. There was still a few tourist doing a night tour around the flames. The guards of the park were still around as well. I had a hard time to explain opöchuk to stay calm.
I managed to set my camp without anyone noticing me. When most of the people had left, i went out of my spot to start cooking. At least fire making was going to be easy 😃.
As i was waiting for my food, the group of Ukrainian arrived. They asked me if they could sit with me. Only one was speaking English. So he was doing the interpret with the rest of the group. It was funny it felt like an interview. There were quite nice, they shared some a beer with me, it was there last night of hike. It's funny i realized it was the first time I really interacted with them and yet we had spent the last days really close from each others. They were really fan of opöchuk and found quite funny that i was sleeping in the the national park.
I had to take a little decision for the rest of my way. The next step was the highest point of the trekking or an alternative by the sea. If i wanted to reach the sommet i had to adapt the plans because it's a 5 hours detour way and back. Plus to make it worth you need to be there before 10h otherwise the visibility won't be good.
I Decided to go for the ascension, which meant a long day coming up. I knew I had enough food for the three next days coming so all i was missing was a good night of sleep!
Luckyly it was the case, i slept perfectly and it was warm during the night. I had a very early start, i enjoyed a beautiful sunrise over the sea while drinking my morning tea.
And then yallah ! Because a Big day of walk was waiting for me. I was supposed to camp a bit before the base at the last water point around 1300m and i was at 100m above sea level!
I walked like a machine and i reached a very small Camping after the village around 1300m of altitude.
Guy of the camping/cafe next to my camp was really friendly. I bought a beer to watch the sunset. He offered me a thermos of tea that i was planning to buy. We had a conversation with the few English he knew and my knowledge of Turkish. But we managed 🙂
When he left told me to take what i needed, some bread, oranges etc. So nice and confortable! I cooked on his gas stove and use the rest of the boiled water to make me a hot bottle of water to sleep with! It was so cold 🥶 that i was considering to make a fire during the night!
Slept with literally all my layers!
The Plan was to wake up at 5am and get to the base with enough time to reach to the top around 9am.
Such a cold night, so happy to have my morning tea! Opöchuk was not understanding this early packing. He looked a bit suspicious but followed me in my crazy plan.
We were Walking in the dark for the first hour. I had a hour and a half to reach the base. I could have camp there but would have been even more cold.
Hard walk, pain, cold. Path well marked
So energized i was there earlier than my gps💪
When i arrived i saw a tent, someone craziest than me!
Heard a noise, said " hello" but nothing... so i kept my way. I was going to leave my backpack somewhere and go with the minimum to the top.
Heard : " Ismaël?"
I said : " Andre?"
During the beginning of my trek most of the people i met had ran into each othe but nobody except me had seen Andre. Like if it was a product of my imagination. He had a itinerary and rythmin a bit different because had to stop sometimes a few days to work online. I knew that one of the only place in common of our itinerary was the ascension of Tahtali mountain but the odd to be there at the same time were so small and unpredictable!!
We were so happy to see each other🙂, he was still having breakfast.
We laughed so much plus the fact to see me with a dog after the story i told him.
I was like let's go man ! Just leave your stuff and let's walk!!! We were on a perfect timing but his plan was different. He wanted to go to the sommet. Sleep there and then go down the next day with the finicular. He didn't know about the visibility before 10am. So he motivated himself to come with me.
I helped him packing to go faster. I didn't want to lose the window of opportunity, the sky was perfectly blue, no clouds!
We Started walking, i was pushing him forward. Since he was with his huge back pack and me with almost nothing 🎒
The ascension was amazing, every step the landscapes were getting more and more beautiful!
The path was quite obvious but very steep. At some point we were walking in the snow. It was so cool to see opöchuk playing in the snow. It was like a dream 😎
At some point we were in the valley surrounded by snow and could see so far away, The view was spectacular 🌄
I read there was a finecular to the top but i wasn't sure if it would be open at that point of the season. Anyway it's just not the same that the path we were walking on.
We made it in a really good timing. No cloud's and no one there, the finecular was still closed.
The view was so cool, the sea, the mountains, the snow, BEAUTIFUL!!!!
It was easier than the one I climbed with lucky and Tanner but the view was way more impressive. Plus the Approche and the camping made it very much intense!
We sat and had some tea and biscuits enjoying this perfect moment 🙂
Then the finecular started working and a lot of tourists arrived... There was some photographers with loud music and people talking a million of photos.
It was time to leave for me... He stayed and sticked to his plan. We said goodbye and wish a good life to each other!
The Way down was super cool, sunshine and a feeling of pure satisfaction!
Once i arrived down, i Changed, repack my bag and started the way down to finish the etape.
All in all 6 to 16h a really good score!
I was destroyed and so opöchuk!!!
I set up my camp early, enjoyed Chilling and easy cooking on the fire camp🤠
Next day, i had a slow start. I stopped in the next village to reward myself with a fish and waited a bit for the rain to pass. I was very cold and still tired from the big effort.
I Had to plan the last bit cause it was a very isolated part plus the weather seemed to be really rainy in the next days. I also had to decide if i wanted Victoria to meet me for the end of my trip. She asked me before I left if I wanted to do the last etape with her. At that time i didn't know.
I decided it could be cool to do the last effort with her. Like a reward before the final reward 🙂
So i spent the afternoon avoiding the rain, planning, resting by the wood stove of the cafe i ate and i did a bit of groceries since it was the last small shop before the end of my trekking. I had to think carefully to have enough food until the end for me and opöchuk plus counting that i wanted to spend one day chilling somewhere.
I left with a back pack quite full and set up camp just outside of the village. I had done only a half étape but i couldn't afford to walk under the rain. I was on the edge of being sick. I could feel i was close to my limits. I made a nice fire to stay warm and did my technique of hot stone in the fire to stay warm in my bed😇
Plan for the next day was the other half of étape with the idea of resting in a warm bed. I Had to recover from the last days still feeling cold and exhausted if i wanted to complete the whole challenge!
Next morning, i woke up in a ok state. Started walking looking up at cloud. The didn't look friendly at all. Eventually the storm arrived, I tried to find a shelter but not quick enough and i got properly washed out. I got wet like i had jumped in a river! It was raining so much that i couldn't even check the gps on my phone. 😅
I made my mind that i deserved for sure a night in warm bed. The sun came out and i started drying slowly. When I arrived to the village, i saw a pension. I stopped talked a bit because she didn't want to accept me with a dog and negotiated the price which included a hot shower (hard to find on during the trekking). Thank God, i was cold up to my bones. This shower got me back to life 🙏. I swallowed a dinner and slept like straight 12hours.
The morning the owner woke me up, she was not nice friendly at all. She was pushing me to pack my stuff and go. Plus opöchuk that i had to tide outside had escaped in the morning with the neighbor's dog. I was still not feeling perfectly good but i had to go look for him and had to leave the pension anyway.
I started walking in the village and finally found him playing with the other dog.
Happy to be with him we started hiking but the rain was coming and the clouds were getting really threatening. I knew i could not get washed out like last time because i was on the edge to get sick. I saw on the map a camping. I ran to it and luckily they had some kind of mini coffeplace. I stayed there waiting for the rain to pass. I could feel i was getting sick, even though I was inside with my layers, i was getting cold...
My plan was to reach a canyon approximately 5hours away to have my rest day there. But when the rain stopped, i had at the best 4h of daylight, too short to get there and found a good spot.
I figured that it was too late and found a good spot (later i will discover that was a great call, this spot was better for a rest day and the way was longer than i had estimated). 😇
That night i had a good fire challenge with wet wood. I really enjoyed the Challenge and started looking for the dry wood under the trees. I managed to get a good amount of wood and make a good fire to help me fighting the sickness.
The next day i felt really better, the temperature were lower and I was not so high in altitude anymore.
I started exploring a bit the area and discovered that it was an amazing spot for rest day ! I had a private access to the river from my camping, it was a bit hidden, so nobody really passed by there during the day. I had so much fun running up the river with opöchuk. We were playing a game jumping from rock to rock and i was challenging him to jump further and further. So cool 😎
In the evening a lot of russian hiker's groups arrived. At the point that the whole surrounding were full of people. It broke a bit my peaceful mood plus opöchuk was getting to much distraction and bothering certain groups while there were eating. In the end, I managed to calm him and he got a lot of free food 😅
A lot of Music in the morning. I felt like the moody Grandpa but decided to ambrace the situation. I Packed and went for a morning swim to change the mood.
A lot of russian group in the second part of the hike and specially in that section. I kept meeting big groups. I had a mild day since it was the second half of the last etape i had cut in half.
I made it to the canyon by lunch time and i understood why it was full of groups. The canyon is a tourist attraction that you can visit for one day. It's also a good starting spot for hiker's that have only a couple of days and want to reach the highest point of the lycian way.
Anyway the good news was that i could find a place to by some food. My reserve were really limited and i had already passed the point where i could make a detour to get some more food. Plus opöchuk was getting really hungry these last days.
I Found a lunch spot and quickly the guys were very friendly with me and the dog. They gave him a lot of leftovers were really nice with me. Left there happy and my dog ad well 🙂
I started walking in direction of the last base i was going to walk alone. It was an etape not so easy and water not very available. So i had to pack up. My bag was quite heavy and the walk a bit intense but the landscape quite cool. It was some kind of forest that looked a bit tropical in the beginning and as was going up it was evolving in something more mystical.
On my way i met 3 Russians that were hiking for a couple of days. We were going opposite direction but we stop to talk a bit, i gave them some directions. Then they invited me to snack some stuff with them. At that point my body was happy to get some food at any point haha! They even offered me some dry food for my dinner. Great guys 🙏
I Camped not too high to be not too cold, the spot was quite cool with a lot of wood available to make a good fire. 🔥 I was enjoying my last night alone. I was supposed to meet vik the next day to finish the hike togheter. I started really feeling the tiredness of all the effort i had been doing. As well a great feeling of satisfaction and adventure 🤠
This last part was really not easy, the conditions were quite strange. I was in a big cloud it was humid and the temperature was warm while walking but too cold to stop. I kept going on a regular rythmin enjoying this very calm etape. Almost nobody on the trail again!
Suddenly, i heard a scream far away! Opöchuk was not around... I got panicked, i thought maybe something really bad happened. I passed the corner and found two guys trying to hide up the trail and screaming at opöchuk with a stick. He was super happy thinking they wanted to play with him and they were getting even more scared. I calmed them and explain that the dog was super friendly but they were in pannick!!!
I thought : " oh my god if they are scared of opöchuk, good luck with the Sheppard dogs on the way!"😅
After that it reminded me of my fear at the beginning and how much it changed in a month!
I kept walking, once i arrived to the top i was quite cold. I found the remains of a camp fire that someone had left not so much ago. I re started it and ate my lunch there and dried my shoes that got wet.
I was thinking that i didn't really want to finish this reality, i started to really be into this woods lifestyle. Of course a part was also happy to find a bit of comfort again and to see again Victoria and my friends.
The time i had by myself there was precious and the experiment incredible. I really value the opportunity to do that by myself it was a challenge in many ways. I was also realizing that it was a really nice feeling to have the opportunity to come back to somewhere that has a home feeling, where people that you love are waiting for you. That was starting at the end of this etape by meeting Vik.😊
I had only a way down to meet her but i was a bit late on the time i estimated. Still a few hours to go and i didn't want to make a wait because a friend was dropping her at a meeting point and then leaving. I started hurrying up and catching up on the timing. I ended up getting there in advance 😅
I waited at the entrance of the village, they arrived i was looking like a cave man ! But really happy to see them. We stayed a bit and chatted, the lady that lived there came out and offered us some chicken. A gift from the sky haha 😂
Yedi (our friend that was volunteering while I left) and vik and me left to set up camp. We found a nice spot made a little fire and had a great meal because she brought a lot of food !!! She immediately loved opöchuk and the other way around too.
The next day was a small etape to reach citibi where there is some climbing spots and the owners of our camping have a refuge there. So they offered us to stay there on my back. It was not exactly on our way but the detour was worth it! We had a little cabin with a wood stove and even a hot shower! The weather was really bad so even a better feeling to be there 🙏
Here we go the next morning on our way for the last etape. A 7 hours walk with a constant up hill for the morning and then a constant down hill to Josito camp our final destination! I was a bit afraid about the way down for my knee. But no worries everything went ok, the way was really nice and vik was following pretty well💪
Once we arrived there, everyone was so welcoming and started feeling the tiredness of the whole way. Happy i was 😎
All the people were telling me that i lost weight. I was a bit surprised and didn't really payed attention. Then i went to take my shower and check it out in the mirror and there i realized indeed i had never seen myself like that. Every gram of fat had been consumed during this long effort!
Here i was back in the camping with my new friend opöchuk! 😊
It was Not always easy with him : cooking, eating, carrying food for two
Sometimes he would stop in the middle of the path in really hard ascension and block me.
As well, the interactions with other dogs could be really complicated.
Not to mention, the moments where i had to cross a town or hitchhiking.
But also great partner, always motivated, good mood. He even showed me the path many times when I was struggling to find it!
He Protected me from other dogs, make me feel secure and really taught me to understand dogs.
He was watching me every night, sleeping next to my hammock and back pack.
Plus people really liked him. Most of the places i have been, people were extra nice with me because of him.
He is a silent walker and in that sense a perfect companion to hike😅
When i found him İ wasn't sure if he could walk that much?
He was so much faster than me!
He has no back pack and is going on 4x4 haha!
Here a few other thoughts about my trekking :
It was Really cool to speak a bit of turkish. İt definitely made a difference in many situations. People were being really nice with me, offering me tea, fruits, food for the dog. I was really happy i made the effort to try and I could feel that in a way people were giving it back.
One day, i was walking and i felt something on my arm. I stopped to watch and i saw it was a bee. I have to be careful with bees because I'm allergic... I realized it was sticked to my hair and couldn't move away. It was getting nervous and started to move it's spine. I obviously started to get nervous and wasn't sure which was the best reaction to have. I was about to smash it because i thought it's me or it! Then i calmed myself and put my trust in the situation. I went down closer to the ground and approach a plant until the bee could touch it. Once of its leg could touch the leaves it managed to get unstuck from my arm and gently move away.
I little challenge and a nice lesson of calm and peace ✌️
Towards the end i was pretty tired but people seemed to help me more like if they were supporting my challenge 😅 It was really a warm feeling when random people would help me and support me in this challenge !
Every time something broke or got lost i turned it out in something good 😃
I lost my 1l camping bottle while hitchhiking. Then i bought to small bottle of half a liter. The two bottles ended up being more practical because i could grab them without taking my back pack out. Which while walking long distance was a game changer!
My sock burn one night drying next to fire. I transformed the remaining one into something for drying the sweat.
Plus i had an extra pair of socks that Hilmi insisted to give me. I couldn't through away because it was a gift. I was so strict with things to add to my back pack that i almost through it away. The day the other pair burned It balanced perfectly!😅
I really did the best i could to push all of my gears through time but this hike was the last stop for many of them!
My t shirt
The big winners are my sweat shirt and my hoodie!
My bag (gifted by my father)
My jacket (gifted by mother)
My hammock (advices by victor)
Let's not forget my flip flop bought at least 1 year before my trip with my brother and still they are in the game. Never had this kind of cheap flip flops going through so much!
Interesting balance between planning your trip and day but be ready to adapt.
Projet the next day but be relax about it and not planning.
Signs cool system!
People creating path like this for the hikers community don't do it for the money and create such a nice adventure for all of us! I'm very grateful for it. It's a bit like climbers that bolt routes for the community and keep taking care of them.
A experience where i found a lot of things i was looking for!
A lot of different challenges
Some nice physical exercise
Some positive loneliness
A good feeling of freedom
Some calm and peacefulness
A good shot of adventure
Funny numbers :
One night on a bench
One night on the floor of a cafe
1 night hosted on the floor
1 night hosted in a shed
Two nights on the grass with my tarp
5 Nights in a bed
18 nights in my hammock (goynük yaylasi)
20 Days of walking (4/03)
1 cold shower
1 warmish shower
2 warm shower
3 days of rest
2 storms avoided
1 big rain on me
2 dolmus (small buses between villages)
1 taxi (because of opöchuk, not admit in the bus)
4 times hitchiked on small distance
1 afternoon hitchiking (with opöchuk) to skip a "road" étape
A kilo o rice
A kilo o brown wheat
A kilo of lentils
6 small pack of dark chocolate
1 kilo of peanut
1/2 kilo of walnuts
1/2 kilo of dates
1/2 kilo of dry figues
A lot of olives
X km up hill (to edit)
X km down hill (to edit)
Two pair of shoes