On the Lycian coast along the south coast of the vast country are ancient sites located in Ephesus, Dalyan, Patara, Fethiye and Kas surrounded by unparalleled nature. A labyrinth of mountains, beaches and rivers in a unique ecosystem that combines sunshine and sea breezes amid the ruins ancient cultures from the Hittite, Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman civilizations. All this combined with beautiful blue skies, pristine beaches and the charm of the Mediterraean lifestyle...

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Jilly Sherlock
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Jilly Sherlock on the Road

Jilly Sherlock is not the stereo-typical British woman of generations past with a staid conservative demeanor and class consciousness. She is a gutsy woman who decided to bicycle from the UK to the south eastern coast of China by herself only allowing herself 5€ per day on which to sustain her travels. Of course, that means there are no hotels or even second-rate restaurants included in her travel itinerary. She sleeps in a tent just off the road or at times in the homes of friendly families along the way. In her own words:

"Being a notoriously unlucky flyer - hijacked, volcanic ash victim, aborted landings, cancellations, not booked on flights, wheels falling off planes, struck by lightening - and also a non-driver I thought it would be an idea to head off east on my bicycle.

Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time..."

On the 14th of June 2011 Jilli arrived at the Bosphorus in Istanbul after 4,596.5 kilometers of cycling from the UK. She smiled as she cycled past Dolmabhce Palace with warm memories of 2 months hitchhiking in Turkey. The delights of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sofia, the Grand Bazaar and drinking cay (tea) with carpet sellers. The hospitality of the people who'd let her travel in their cars, on their tractors and in their trucks and being invited into their homes to feast on kofte, dolma and other Turkish culinary delights. The cool arid climate and surreal landscape of Cappadocia, the stunning coastline of the south and west still relatively unspoiled, clambering on the travertine basins of Pammukale and bathing in hotsprings. Last time she had arrived in Turkey was by bus overland from northern Greece after having hitchhiked around Israel, taking a 3 day boat trip to Athens, sleeping on beaches and people's rooftops doing barwork on a Greek island to fund her travels in Turkey. Her return to the vibrant city of Istanbul was particularly sweet as this time she had reached this city by pedal power from the UK completing Leg 1 of her journey.

Jilly's final destination is China and her bicycle will take her through Armenia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan after traveling the Black Sea coast of Turkey. You can follow Jilly through her website at: where you can also hook up with her on Twitter for tweets and photos from the road. And it would be a nice idea to click on the Donate button on her website and buy her lunch and a cold beer to wish her well on her travels.

The unspoiled Black Sea region of Turkey contains unbelievable natural beauty from its pristine mountains to uncrowded beaches, a cuisine unique to the area and a very friendly population who still live much the same as they have for generations...

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