This green and very hilly route will take you up and over two 4,700m passes as well as over smaller ones in the almost jungle-like vegetation for a total of 10,000m of elevation gain. The people are friendly and welcoming, and the villages are picturesque as they sit atop hills for as far as the eye can see all over the various valleys. We found this route to be difficult due to the heat and humidity, though it was a nice change from the high altitude cold nights.
A lady and her son walking down the road.
Some of the towns throughout this area were deserted as many people are headed to the cities.
A typically dressed lady walking with her son.
Typical farming house.
This patchwork farming was everywhere, which really reminded us of northern India.
Little villages in the middle of nowhere!
Cycling through a stream, great way to cool down!
One of the towns we stayed in.
A cyclists nightmare; tunnels.
Typical green hills which make up this region.
These guys were not happy to see us on their road! Most aggressive Turkey we have ever met.