2017 trip report by site editor Rick McCharles — day 4 / 6
I was enjoying my pension in Çıralı. No rush getting back on the trail this morning.
This is the very end of the slighlty rainy season. It was again hazy, but I got no more than a few drops over the entire week.
A morning stroll up the beach towards the Hippy colony found dozens doing some sort of chanting dance.
Good exercise, I guess.
I finally left at check-out time walking the 4km across town for the 3rd time.
There are people cycle touring here, but not as many as I’d expect. A mountain bike would be ideal.
It was Noon when I started the next section of trail.
As usual, up and up.
As usual, a series of beautiful beaches.
This one was astoundingly clean. Some camping group had decided to pick up the trash.
This is my kind of hike.
This was the first water source I came across. An old well.
At the bottom was a giant bullfrog.
I’d not seen any hikers for some time when the recently rerouted trail took a turn inland.
I was soon lost.
My only option seemed to be a scramble up this waterfall.
It was a route, but the paint colour was wrong.
I finally decided to backtrack from this point.
In no rush now, I did a little side trip site seeing.
And set up my tent when I found a beach with a water supply. And a resident hermit from Istanbul who spends many weeks a year here.
I wandered the beach. Scrambled rocky headlands. Read two different books. Poked washed up jellyfish.
My only option was to backtrack to town next morning and take an alternative Lycian Way trail.
Navigation is the biggest problem on this trail. The guidebook is simply not sufficient. There is an iPhone app that is better but still not perfect. BEST would be GPS tracks from previous hikers.
Happily a Ukrainian group arrived to camp. The guide would be happy for me to follow them onward next day.
He’d done this section many times.
I cooked up dinner at dusk.
Sat around the beach fire with my new friends. And had a great night’s sleep.
On to day 5.