Into the the Volcanic Uplands

From Nallihan, and a truly awful hotel – we leave without much expectation towards Beypazari.  We have found the town of Nallihan less satisfactory, if friendly.

Our pessimism is misplaced.  We climb into a Volcanic landscape of interest, grandeur and beauty.  My brief efforts to understand the landscape indicate that we more or less climb the side of a massive cinder cone, seeing bright red lava exposed in old grey ash layers in the caldera.  It seems this explosive volcano erupted in several phases. Indeed, we see a geologist poking around in the layers, but he doesn’t want to talk.

Near to the end of the day we find a river, feeding a new reservoir which is curiously incongruent in the dry landscape.

Into Beypazari, we see the tough Japanese running in the heat.  The town has some genuinely old market buildings and traditional Pansiyons, complete with bench beds.   It is a tourist destination from Ankara, and we meet some bright Students speaking fine English – one the nearest to a vegetarian we have met in Turkey!

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