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A Rest Day at Last
Excuse me – did you say 106km? Well, that was the question asked at the rider meeting last night? They could not believe that we had such a “cruisy” day into Amasya and believe me…the hills were nice, the weather fairy cool for most of the day, hardly a headwind and the scenery…need I say more??? By the time the truck horn went off, many tents were down and about 10 mins later breakfast was had and a lot of cyclists got on the road early to eat up the 106km into Amasya and our rest day…yeehah! The route…well it wouldn’t be Turkey if it didn’t have some hills but for the majority of the day it was some “smallish” rolling hills, easy going down hills and speedy fast flat stretches that put a smile on your face. Amasya is an incredibly stunning town situated in a valley on the Green River and surrounded by large mountains on either side, giving you the feeling that you are in the middle of a gorge – it is awesome and that really sums up the feeling of the majority of the riders coming into their first rest day. With access to their “permanent bags” for the first time in a week, many have been sorting clothes, doing washing, showering (the showers are cold but pretty refreshing!) and heading off into town to eat and “hang out”. The last riders were in by about 4.30pm – 5pm today – a relatively early finish thus far. There are a few saddle sores, some stomach bugs and some tiredness but the crew are feeling pretty strong. Some good news, two of our participants Gala and Doug Sly received their “lost” tandem today – a beautiful blue machine that has been traveling the world in the last week – great news for them and just in time to hit the upcoming four toughest days we have in Turkey so far…more about that later! For the time being, we’ve had a tough week of riding; hills and high temperatures! For the riders of the inaugural Silk Route 2007…Welcome to Amasya, eat, sleep, rehydrate and enjoy your rest day.
Really…when you walk along the cobbled streets of the old town, taking in the cafes, the river and the views…you quickly forget how tough some of the riding has been…welcome to bike heaven!
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