Today we left the busy D100 highway and headed once again in to the Black Sea mountains. The riding became more difficult with our return to the hills but roads were quieter and the views from the top made all the effort worthwhile. The Terrain is changing. The forests and lush greenery have given way to a more barren landscape with dune-like hills covered in low scrub and bushes. It’s also getting hot! Our water consumption has jumped by more that 50% and ice cream seems to be the favorite item to purchase at local shops. Turkish ice cream (Marasa) is delicious. Made using the sap of a tree it tastes similar to regular ice cream but it has a chewy consitency that is quite pleasant. Only 4 riding days left in Turkey now. Looking forward to some whitewater rafting on the rest day in Yusefeli and then we’ll be in Georgia before we know it!