Today, Malaysians at home would be celebrating 55 years of Independence. Selamat Hari Merdeka Malaysia!
We, on the other hand, started our day in Erzurum visiting Ataturk Musem and walking the streets of Erzurum.
ATATURK EVI MUSEUM:
SCENERIES FROM ERZURUM TO BINGOL
It started to drizzle at noon, shortly after we left Erzurum. Our drive on Elazig Bingol Yolu / D950 towards Bingol took us through villages and farms of Tasliguney. Soon after we were met with stretches of unpaved roads (one 3km long and another about 1km long). It was still drizzling off and on which meant that Our Sorento is now completely covered with a layer of dust.
>> Ongoing upgrade works. This one was about 3km long and near the village Cat on D950.
At Parmaksiz village, we stopped for lunch at a spot by the river. The village is located on the other side of a very shallow river. After seeing one of the local guy stopping and washing his car in the river, we followed suit and washed Our Sorento in knee high cool clear mountain waters, to take of the layer of dust that have now settled on on the windows, rubber trimmings etc.
Once done, we were back on the road again. Still drizzling. Worse, not even 20 minutes on the road we were back on dirt road again! Our Sorento is now covered in thick dust again. We drove alongside sloping cliffs where goats and cows grazed high up the slopes. The scenery was awesome all the way to Kalencik, Hacilar and Bingol, where the roads are already paved.
VIEWS OF THE VILLAGES WE DROVE PAST:
Stacks of hay and cow dung (ie. the darker stacks in the photos) are common sight in these villages. The villagers probably use the cow dung as fertilisers.
>> Horses grazing near the village of Parmaksiz, where we stopped for lunch.
Watch out for cows on the road! This is taken slightly more than 10km away from Karliova >>
Men selling logs on the road side, slightly more than 10km away from Karliova >>
Look up the hill slope from where the guys are selling logs and we see goats and cows dotting the hill slope >>
Bee hives on the hill slope, about 10km away from Karliova >>
>> Little boys helping to guide sheeps into the triple decker transporter at a road side in Karliova. Split level ground meant that there is no need for ramps.