This week I am driving south along the coast. First around the Bodrom peninsula, then over the Datca peninsula. A constant up and down with many metres of altitude. It is 20° warm and the water temperature is also good enough for swimming. Wonderful area with many lonely dream beaches.
I spend New Year’s Eve in a hotel. I thought there might be a beer somewhere, but everything is closed from 9pm.
In Fethiye I meet Simon and Caro again, who have taken a more direct route from Istanbul. Simon accompanies me up the 1970 metre high Babadag. The climb from sea level over 19-20 kilometres, with several 20 % ramps, is harder than anything you can find in the Alps. The reward is a magnificent view of the sea and the snow-covered Taurus mountains inland. Alpine conditions and dream beaches 10 kilometres away.
I camp on the beach for 2 more days and use the much free time for short trips into the surrounding area.