From Tenerife To a Turkey…

In Ten Easy Countries…

22nd May 2016
The final day of the road trip started at eight o’clock. I woke up feeling very exited and happy that we would be getting to the boat, but at the same time quite sad, because this trip would be coming to an end. After a Turkish buffet breakfast which was super, we got back on the road for another long day of driving. The countryside since crossing the Greek border on the 21st was not very different, but there it was sunny, here it was pouring it down with rain, with thunder and lightning thrown in for good measure. Also, the roads had got worse and every time we went over a pothole, the whole car seemed to shake.

As we sped along the road at 140kph what came next was a big problem. We were stopped by the the Turkish rozzers, but we didn’t now why. So in true Casey tradition, I hide behind Asena while the policemen surrounded the car pointing at Geoff. It turned out that Geoff was speeding and as the police wrote down a fine for him, he asked what the speed limit was, as he didn’t even know….which probably wasn’t the cleverest thing to do.. The policeman replied,- “if you do not know the speed limit, it is a big problem”. After half an hour, we got back on the road and headed for Fethiye. Geoff was told the limit for a car like ours was 58MPH….at that rate we be in Fethyie in two weeks time, so we decided to change it to 70MPH! ( or rightish!!)
For miles, the jangling roads and the wet weather followed us until, once past Izmir, the roads got better and the rain slowed.

After a while though, the rain seemed to come back.-(thankfully no bumpy roads)-and soon we were passing Kusadasi. I had never been to Kusadasi before but hopefully in the following years we can sail there and the surrounding area. Also near Kusadasi, is the ancient roman site, called Epheses. From Kusadasi, the weather continued to get worse, and eventually we made an emergency coffee break as the sound of running rain was playing havoc with Geoffs bladder! Back on the road, the scenery was dull, the weather was dull and the speed of the traffic was rubbish. Even as fast as we were going, we would still only be getting there in about a week! To make matters worse when we passed Marmaris, there was a huge traffic jam at the bottom of the road which made another time delay, but was quite fun because Turkish drivers aren’t renown for their patience, so we joined them in a bout of horn blasting, for no apparent reason… Between us all I made out quite a good rendition of an old Beatles classic.
Eventually we cleared it and we sped along the highway heading back to our house…


Once there, it was time to unpack the truck and for four hours, we packed away clothes and things that we would be using on our next travels. After dinner I went straight to bed. For now my travels are over but hopefully you can join me for my adventures around the Greek islands…

I have two weeks to finish year seven school curriculum, so we begin school again tomorrow with a vengeance, then the sails are hoisted and our adventures begin again….. But first, triple English!




Author: adventurerintrainingblog

I am a 14 year old boy and live and am home schooled by my parents aboard our 45 foot sailing yacht which we sail from Turkey. I have travelled through/ across Europe by road, several times now, and have also driven into the heart of Turkey, visiting Konya, Cappadocia and many other places. You can read about both of these experiences on the blog... However, at the moment you can read about our life aboard our yacht in Turkey during the winter... I hope you can come along for the ride, then sail along with me as I blog my sailing adventures for next year!

5 thoughts on “From Tenerife To a Turkey…”

  1. Hi Casey.
    Geoff sent me the link to your bog a few weeks ago and I have loved following your adventures.
    We are becoming live-aboards in September and I am looking forward to future blogs now you are floating.
    Have fun.

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  2. Hi Casey, Your blog is really interesting and we’ve enjoyed reading it whilst travelling around Italy. I’m amazed that you have such in depth knowledge of Formica and Butlins of the 1920’s (thanks mum!) as well as your vignette knowledge. This will come in really useful in the future (ps. get Geoff to check up on speed limits before your next trip back although – I’m one to talk as we bombed through France passing everything on the horizon with Anne-Marie screaming :-/ Vrooooommmm… ).

    Fantastic job, looking forward to more..

    Unc Ian & Anne-Marie.

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