Actual Date: 26 July 2012
Location: Between Giresun and the Turkey/Georgia border, Black Sea coast.
After our incredible day in Giresun it took us a while to get going the next day.
We drove for a couple of hours up the coast and, having learned from our previous experiences, asked a police where we might be able to make camp. The friendly chap not only pointed us in the right direction but jumped in the car and guided us there! Perfect.
The campsite was exactly what we had hoped for – on a beach.
Here we had one of our more touching experiences. After a dip in the sea we were headed up to our camp to make some food and start winding down for bed, when a couple of Turkish men on a cardboard spread called us over. Wondering what we had done wrong, we approached cautiously.
The two men turned out to be truck drivers who drive between here and Istanbul via Ankara, and they wanted to share their Iftar with us. The meal was quite simple – melons, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, bread, Sprite, and some other bits and pieces; but it was delicious.
No-one could understand a word of what the other party said, but we managed to make each other understood via sign language and guesswork. The guys were incredibly hospitable – a trait seemingly shared by all Turks – and made sure we ate our fill.
Later we slept under the stars, feeling absolutely amazing.
Tomorrow we cross the border and head into Georgia, with highway taking us all the way to our next stop: Tbilisi.
PS. unfortunately it was too dark for any good pictures!
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