Monthly Archives: May 2014

The rest of Akyaka

We should write about the rest of what we did in Akyaka before we take off on our next road trip or get completely absorbed in our latest projects…  And anyway, some photos to share.


The first whole day we were there we went for a walk.  We just headed along the coast, taking the high road there and the low road back.  Hilary’s ankle is now a decorated-teagreat deal better and she was able to keep up (more or less), though we did stop for a couple of breaks at a beachside restaurant with wonderful views.  They served us decorated çay.  Later we had decorated orange juice and, on the way back, decorated coffee.

The weather was overcast – not too cold and not too warm.  Ideal, in fact, for walking.  We walked about five hours in total.

The next day, before ouGeyik-Kanyon-bee-roadr adventures with motorcycle electrics, we headed towards Geyik Kanyonu.  We found the carpark and we definitely found a bee road…  The views were quite spectacular and we saw a couple of raptors though we didn’t manage to identify them.  We headed out towards Kaunos but, as we mentioned in our last post, we didn’t quite get there.  It was interesting to be riding the Harley along the same road as we explored on somewhat rickety bicycles a couple of years ago.



Road Tales

Of course no road trip would be complete without a story about the road. After a day walking in the local area we decided it would be good to jump on the bike. Initially to Geyik Canyon. We had a short walk in the area, but access to the canyon seemed to be closed off. A pity, but it was a lovely ride to get there, some great scenery which Hilary got to enjoy more than me given the variable road surface.

Back to the highway and for some reason the indicators stopped working, along with the tacho, speedo, and dashboard apart from a red ignition light warning. Damn I thought, looks like a fuse has just blown, well either than or an ignition circuit error. I thought about it for a while as we headed around Lake Köyceğiz, concluded not an ignition circuit error, so probably fuse. Best sense got hold me of me, I knew we were low on fuel, but how low I had no idea and the dead controls were not going to tell me. So we called off going to Kaunos and headed  instead to Köyceğiz with a plan to find an auto electrician.

In Köyceğiz the problem became a lot more clear. A quick inspection and we found broken wires hanging from the tail light assembly. The wiring that runs under the rear fender to the rear lights had clearly detached from its mounting and been torn apart by contact with the rear tire. So, off to the Sanayi we went in search of a repair. We found the auto electrician, he was not sure how to access the wiring so everything moved to a motorcycle repair place.

How-many-menThey had never seen a Harley before, but this was not a problem, off came the saddle and the rear fender. This prompted some questions about the not strictly speaking legal efi unit and further questions about the air intake / filter and exhaust. Clearly they understood this sort of thing, very much reassuring me they knew exactly what they were doing.  To add to the fun and games, numerous photographs were taken and friends were called to take more.  From somewhere a printout of the entire wiring diagram for a Softail appeared, not strictly speaking needed mending-the-bikebecause they could just bridge each wire.  Instead armed with this, the entire rear assembly was rewired with a new cable running to beneath the saddle, one new junction box, and plugged back into the main loom. One thing I am very sure of is that the new assembly will stay clear of the wheel, that amount of epoxy is never going to fail!!!

Rewired, one quick test proved the earlier failure had indeed taken out a fuse as well.  None of us were surprised by this. New fuse fitted, everything worked.

Two hours from start to finish and we were back on our way.  Kaunos can wait, we have been there before, it is a lovely site.  No doubt we will be back in the area laer this year.

On the bike. It is 9 years old. 6 years of Istanbul winters, so rain, snow, ice, salt and grit, much like the UK.  Motorcycle wiring is more exposed, so this sort of thing is expected, as was the need to replace ignition coils a year back and more recently due to the old coils, the battery. But as this stuff gets fixed life gets better. We’ve had the bike just over 2 years, we’ve done close to 24,000 KM on it, plus the 28,000 KM it had on it from the previous 7.  It is doing just fine.

Akyaka – our second road trip of 2014


We do feel kind of guilty posting about our travels and not about the terrible mining disaster in Soma.

Our decision to ride to Akyaka was rather a last minute thing.  We just wanted to get away and Booking dot com revealed that there were some good deals available in Akyaka.  Not the cheapest of resorts, but, as we said, we got a good price.  The ride there was uneventful.  It’s odd how you get used to distances.  This country is just big so going somewhere just the other side of the Saker pass didn’t feel like very far.

balcony-view-AkyakaOur hotel was wonderful.  Two star, but definitely upmarket from the kind of place to which we have become accustomed.   We had a TV, a fridge and a balcony with a wonderful view.  The staff were friendly and the breakfast was almost certainly the best hotel breakfast we have ever enjoyed in Turkey.  A plateful of little dishes containing various kinds of olives, capers, three different preserves (in perfectly clear syrup), sauces and so on.  A plate with tomatoes, cucumbers, cheeses and an omelet and eggy bread and ordinary bread on the side.  And, of course, plentiful çay.  On the second day we were there in rained, very minimally, whilst we were out walking.  The hotel staff found a tarpaulin to cover the bike.

Akyaka itself is wonderfully pretty.  Pretty little white houses and a river that Birdwatching-in-Akyakaflows into a bay.  The beach is full of bars and restaurants and is a blue flag affair.  Very popular, it seemed though, to be honest, from our point of view it is not yet beach weather.  We spent our days out walking or riding and our evenings birdwatching by the river.  We don’t have the kind of camera that gets good views of birds but we watched swallows, martins, geese, a hoopoe and a whole flock of what were almost certainly bee eaters.  We thought they were rollers at the time but, on reflection, bee-eaters seem more likely.





Teos-Dionysus-TempleThis past week or so the weather has been uncertain – mostly pleasant but with occasional thunderstorms.  We’ve stayed at home and Ashley has painted large portions of the front house.  The soba does make annual redecoration desirable, if not necessary.

The week before, however, was lovely and we got out and about several times.  We went to Teos last year but  either we didn’t blog about it or we failed to find the entry…  And we went back last Thursday.  They are still building a very large visitor centre.  Not sure what they intend to do with it.  The site is fascinating and close enough to Izmir to attract attention, but it’s also rather large – it took us nearly 3 hours to walk round and we didn’t get up to the Acropolis, nor did we find the harbour.  The visible ruins are scattered but walkways are being built which makes things more accessible.  Also there are a number of information boards about the abundant wildlife, so it looks as if it’s going to be pushed as a natural park as well as an archaeological site.


At Notion the land has healed

Notion-theatre-April-14It was raining much of last week but the week before was largely glorious and, on Monday, we returned to Notion with friends.  The trenches from digging that we saw back in January had healed over and we did see some salep orchids growing.  Probably there would have been more if they hadn’t been dug up.  There were huge quantities of wild thyme and oreganon and  a large variety of grasshoppers.

Later we went for lunch at Ozdere followed by a visit to Claros on the way home.  A great day out in good company and wonderful sunshine.


Photo of the Month – April 2014