Day 65 - Mon 19 May 08
Up early, packed my bag and walked up to my 'other' hotel and dumped my bag with them and then down the hill to pick up my rented motor bike. I sign all the bits of paper and then head off. I try to re-trace the steps of the tour yesterday, but I fail and end up on an empty back road - but this is a blessing as it allows me to get the feel of my steed. I make it to another underground city at Derinkuyu, but this isn't a good as yesterdays, and there are far more tourists here.
As I'm leaving I'm flagged down by two walkers they are from Oz and want directions to the underground city, they've managed to hitch hike out here. On the way to my next spot I see a tourist sign, so decide to follow it, and I end up at a crater lake called Nar Gol(Pomegranate lake). There are lots of tourist buses here, but with my bike I can get away from them by driving around the lake.
My next stop gets me out to a very pretty canyon, and bump into the tour guide from yesterday! I walk down the canyon which is lovely and cool. Visit a couple of painted churches, before retracing my steps up to the shop where I'd left my crash helmet. I brought some bread and cheese and had a lunch on the picnic bench nearby.
There was a long drive back to Göreme but this was broken up by stumbling across Agzikarahan Caravanserai, it's in really good nick, and very large! Had to fill up with petrol before handing the bike back. Walked up to my hotel and got the keys to my 'Pigeon' room. A room that's was carved out of a fairy chimney and that was used for keeping pigeons for their droppings that where used as a fertilizer on the fields!
Had a shower and then walked into town to the restaurant I visited a couple of nights ago, and met one of the Australian women that I'd seen when I first arrived. Had a chat with her while I was waiting for my chicken curry. It was very funny watching the waiter chat up all the women! Back up to the hotel to watch the sunset and then the moon rise! And of course my tour guide turned up, so that's three times I've seen her in two days!
Got chatting to an American on a BMW GS who's been riding around the world for the last two and a half years. Talked long into the night over a bottle of wine.