25th November, 2019
- Day 16: Mavikent to Korsan camping
- Distance: 14.8km
- Ascent / Descent: 150m / 120m
- Weather: stormy
- Accommodation: Bungalow at Korsan Camping ₺185pp (including D&B and transfer to Adrasan)
- Total cost for one (Turkish Lira ₺): Turkish coffee in Karaöz 15, accommodation, D&B and Adrasan transfer 185 = ₺200 (~£26 / €30 / US$34)
The forecast doesn’t look good when we wake so we hurriedly pack up, and just in time. Once we find our way out of the forest, we’re back onto a road passing more greenhouses. At least in bad weather it’s better to be walking along a small road than a steep mountain trail.
We walk along the coastal road for 11km before reaching the small beachside village of Karaöz. We’re hoping to find a cafe but on first appearances it looks like it’s completely shutdown for the winter. Seeing movement inside Öz Likya Restaurant we get excited; we’re cold and damp and would really like to warm up with a hot drink. The young waiter tells us they’re not open for a couple of hours and motions for us to sit outside… We ask if it’s possible to charge electronics and luckily, he now motions for us to sit inside. There’s plugs next to the tables so we sit down and he takes our order. As has happened a few times on this trip, there’s a little confusion and I end up with two Turkish teas and two Turkish coffees. (No-one can understand that Sarah doesn’t drink tea or coffee, it’s unimaginable here!)
Using google translate we ask the waiter about the weather. We’re a bit trepidatious as the plan is to head to the Gelidonya lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula, but is this a safe place to be with a storm approaching or do we need to wait for it to pass? The waiter tells us not to go to the lighthouse. “Big storm coming.” We tell him we’d at least like to make a little more progress in that general direction so he shows us a bungalow and camping spot 5km from here. Looking at the map there appears to be a dirt road all the way so we think we can make it, even in the rain. He calls ahead to check that it’s open and then we say a fond thank you and farewell and continue.
We do get wet, but we quickly dry in front of a wood stove when we arrive at Korsan camping. It’s obvious from the heavy rain pounding outside that this is as far as we’ll get today. The owner shows us to a bungalow and we settle in for the afternoon. Weirdly, there are big gaping holes in the bungalow and the bathroom window doesn’t close. This wouldn’t be a problem if it wasn’t for the dozens of mosquitoes trying to relieve me of my blood. Eventually I’m forced to take refuge in the main building.
After dinner and back in the bungalow, I have to set up my tent inside to escape the mozzies. If I’d had the foresight to bring a headnet I’d be able to sleep fine but I didn’t bring one, so the inner of my tent is the next best thing. Thankfully it’s a freestanding tent!
We’re using Komoot* for navigation and to record our own tracks. Prior to departing the UK we uploaded the GPX tracks to Komoot so we can now use them for navigation (with voice commands). We’re also using Komoot to record our own daily tracks which gives us the above maps, elevation profiles, distance, speed etc. You can find our collection of tracks on the Komoot App by searching ToughGirl for Sarah and followingthearrows for me. Or click the link in the caption on the above map to go straight to the track.
*Komoot premium was gifted and we also received sponsorship for this hike.
If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I’ll add a FAQ post at the end of the trip.