THE MAGIC TRAILS
How many trails do you know that have been in the making for 100 million years?
This year I was lucky enough to visit central Turkey, and ride some of the most incredible land formations on Earth. Anatolia, North of the Taurus Mountains, contains about 10,000 square meters of the most spectacular landscape that you are free to enjoy on foot, by bike or hot-air-balloon. At the center is the small Turkish village of Göreme where myself, Manfred Stromberg, Tom Oehler and videographer Fabian Kluhs, found the perfect base to launch our exploration.
While we drove from the Airport in Kaysire to Göreme, the view out of the window presented itself as a barren landscape and behind it, the first peaks allowed us a distant glimpse of what our future held. Our bus driver stopped in front of a stone gateway with a heavy wooden door with some words printed on it, 'down these stairs, they're waiting for you!
And so it was! As soon as we were through the door, two small dogs welcomed us into the magnificent courtyard. Hadir, the Landlord welcomed us with well spoken English. He'd worked a few years at a hostelry in Istanbul before he moved back to his homeland of Cappadocia. After a huge meal with lots of local food, we went out in search of our first tracks on the bikes. And we weren't to be disappointed...
At first we pedaled up the road to a small peak named 'Sunset Point
', we saw the full beauty of the area and the first trail right in front of us! Just a few meters into the track, the trail began to form the best turns I've ever ridden, winding through the natural gullies and canyons.Words By
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