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.
These guys were not happy to see us on their road! Most aggressive Turkey we have ever met.
Some of the towns throughout this area were deserted as many people are headed to the cities.
Typical green hills which make up this region.
A cyclists nightmare; tunnels.
Cycling through a stream, great way to cool down!
A lady and her son walking down the road.
One of the towns we stayed in.
This patchwork farming was everywhere, which really reminded us of northern India.
Typical farming house.
Little villages in the middle of nowhere!
A typically dressed lady walking with her son.