Next morning i headed straight to the border check post.Exit formalities were simple,get your passport and carnet stamped for exit.there are some agents roaming around there who will try to make some money by pretending to help.Please be aware of them,they will also try to sell turkish lira which does not comes in good exchange rate.Always check the currency exchange rate online 1-2 days before crossing borders.I finally exit on Turkey side,got my visa verified and passport stamped,officers pointed me to buy insurance from a shop which was few hundred meters from the gate.I also got some advice on safety during this turbulent time,everyone advised me to avoid Ankara and Istanbul.I planned to exit Turkey as fast as i can, because during such times you never know when the tides can turn.
As you enter Turkey and ride for few kilometers,you cannot fail to miss the mighty mount Ararat on your right.
While planning this roadtrip,i had included Cappadocia,Pamukkale,Selcuk in the plan.With coup issues looming over my head i wanted to skip all this and head to cesme and take a boat to Chios,Greece.
With every kilometer passing by, I had this thought going on..whether to cross straight to Greece or head south for some excursions.Intially I decided to head straight to Greece and this photo is few kms ahead from the exit to Sivas,which further goes to Cappadocia.I took a U turn from here and headed straight to Cappadocia.Sometimes when you are on the road and your head is on split for some decision,listen to what your heart says
New friends in Turkey. Didn’t let me go without having Lunch
This home made food was delicious.
Cappadocia is a region and there are small towns in this region where you can go and explore the underground caves,fairy chimneys,tall-cone-shaped rock formations.Most recommended place for stay is Goreme.I have seen so many fancy pictures of those hot balloon rides over cappadocia and i wanted to experience it myself.Since the entire region was empty due to the coup,most of the hotels and business were closed.I got a hostel for few days,but only after 2 days the owner fled to his hometown after closing down the hotel as i was the only guest staying in the hostel.As i checked out from the hostel i was in two minds to stay here or continue my journey towards Cesme.If i leave,there goes my dream of balloon ride.But eventually i continued ahead as balloon tours were also halted because not enough tourists.
Sometimes i get to pose too 🙂
Sunsets in turkey were completely mind blowing.
View from the hostel where i stayed in Goreme.
While i was riding towards Pamukkale,i got caught by cops for over speeding.All this happened when i was overtaking a truck i didn’t noticed the cop car with a speed gun on the right.I was quite happy with what was going on,first ever speeding ticket of my life.I was given a fine of 199 Turkish lira which i had to pay at a office in the next town.But it’s shame that i got fined for just doing 101 km/hr on wide open and empty highway :/
Finding the place where i need to pay the fine was another pain in the ass.