Cappadocia – 2014

The idea for another expedition was spawned at the celebratory book launch lunch hosted by Nigel and Ann Robertson at Skirmett in June 2013.IMG_1292 Mehmet rose to the challenge and organised the logistics of the trip with great skill and panache. A brief account follows and links to photo albums, etc are available at the end.
EXPEDITION 2014

21 Sep – Monakus – Demre/Antalya, 410 km1

22 Sep – Demre – Gazipaşa, 700 km

23 Sep – The British Leg (Tony & Sheena, Roger and Carol, Nigel, Tim) did not arrive

as planned. They missed Istanbul –Gazipaşa flight and stayed in Istanbul.

This is what they found on arrival at the Asian International AirportA small queue!Meltdown of the computer used by the immigration staff. But we did have a short but comfortable night In the Ramada Hotel 15 mins drive from the airport.

Arriving 23 Sep 7:30.

The British leg arrived (w/o Roger and Carol’s suitcases. They went to

Antalya !) Roger and Carol had to buy ersatz clothing and slippers in Gazipaşa
– Gazipaşa – Boğsak (Turtel Motel) via Anamur and the coastline road, 900 km
At Boğsak: Very good beach, moderate food, expensive wine.

 

The beach at Bogsak

The beach at Bogsak

24 Sep – Boğsak – Pozantı, 1 100

Only set out around midday which allowed for pleasant swim out to platform. Good run on fine roads although the motorway climb up to plateau level was slowed by lorries sometimes three abreast.

 

 

At Pozantı Pendosis Hotel.

Pendosis complex at Pozanti

Pendosis complex at Pozanti

The setting very impressive, the food ain’t

25 Sep – Pozantı – Uçhisar, 1 300 km

 

 

 

 

Hotel Karlık Evi, very nice

Karlik Evi Hotel

Karlik Evi Hotel

26 Sep – CAPPADOCIA = Uçhisar – Göreme – Avanos –Ürgüp (Triangle)
6 a.m. the Balloons were amazing on a perfect windless and sunny morning.
Roger and Carol’s suitcases retrieved from MNG Courier Service Co in Urgup.
Visit to Goreme Open Air Museum with its amazing collection of 12th century Christian Cave churches.

 

The only Kombi in Cappadocia at hijacked after a high speed chase by Mehmet and put at Expedition’s disposal.
Lunched on the road to Avenos at Cavusin and then to Avenos to admire the first suspension bridge in Turkey (built 1973 for pedestrians over the Kizilirmak river which is the longest in Turkey)

Sheena and Tony married exactly half a century ago on 26 Sep 1964.
The Expedition celebrated with one bottle champagne (Roger’s gift) and
7 bottles of Cappadocia wine. The meal was superbly specified by Gul in the Karlik Evi dining room

27 Sep – Further exploration of Cappadocia.
We drove to Zelve to see the Fairy Chimneys and our only camels. Then on to Urgup for the small but interesting museum and lunch in Ziggy’s. Then the rain came down until we drove to Nevsehir for a good value Doner Kebab meal in the evening

28 Sep – Uçhisar (departure at 1 510 km) – Beyşehir (via Konya), 1 850 km.
Long drive across the plateau to Konya via Aksaray. Lunched in roadside restaurant near the largest caravanserai in Turkey at Sultanhani, which we visited before proceeding to Konya. Truly magnificent structure.
We eventually found the centre and somewhere to park so we could admire the mosque and museum from outside. Konya (1.5 million) is expanding rapidly, small to medium size industry.
Rolled up to our lakeside hotel, Atapark Hotel near Beyşehir, about 7:00 pm. Excellent meal

29 Sep – Beyşehir – Gazipaşa, 2 100 km
And so Gazipasa with a 2hr wait near Alanya while tar from an naked tar 3km of road descending to the coast was painstakingly cleaned off
Last meal on the beach restaurant at Gasipasa was disappointing despite Gul’s best efforts to coach the staff. Unsuccessful dinner with 3 bottles of wine and a few bottles of beer.

30 Sep Mehmed wakes and gets up (most unusual) at 3:30, checks Pegasus flight to

Mehmed waits till 5:30 (getting up time) knocks at Tony’s, Roger’s, Tim’s and Nigel’s doors to tell them to go back to bed and sleep.

Inquisitive Tony wants to know if Mehmed is “kidding”.

Everyone sleeps till 8. Then to Gazipaşa Airport w/o breakfast.

Istanbul supposed to take off at 7:50. The flight is cancelled due to strong side

wind. New departure time 9:40.

Mehmed and Gül say “Goodbye and Bon Voyage” to the British Leg and depart for

Lunch at Göcek. Very pleasant.

Arrive Monakus at 7:00 p.m, 2 700 km.

Summary: Mehmed drove (new: Slalom Driving) 2 700 km in 10 days.

Monakus, 600 kms away.

Photo links: –
To Cappadocia

In Cappadocia

Exit Cappadocia

Published with a flourish 52 years after setting out

On the evening of Monday, 21st January 2013 The Launch of The Kombi Trail took place at Daunt’s Bookshop in Marylebone Street, London. The event was preceded by a tour of the Houses of Parliament arranged for expedition members and spouses by Peter Temple-Morris who also organised a very pleasant lunch in Westminster for the same group.

The launch itself was exceedingly well supported by well over an hundred people who admired the very finely produced book by the publishers, I B Tauris, who kindly provided the wine and refreshments.

The photos below were taken during the evening by Nick Maroudias who will be pleased to send you selected print(s) for a small charge. He can be contacted by email – nick@nickmaroudias.com

 

The Book – The Kombi Trail

Amazingly and after an enormous input of  ideas / material /photos and just plain hard work  by Bob Cox, Roger Sherwin and Tony Thompson our expedition journals and memories have been translated into publishable shape with a selection of fine photos.

Peter Temple-Morris had the idea of approaching Volkswagen for sponsorship of the book with ample photos of the two Kombi vehicles we used in 1961-62 and Volkswagen UK agreed to a considerable sum of sponsorship money

Current timescale for publication is  book to press in November 2012 for publication in January 2013

Tribute and heartfelt thanks will be due to VW for coming up with the funds to publish to a professional standard.