Ankara and up in the Air
We spend our third day in the CapetoCape Touareg in Turkey. After a quick wash, Rainer approached the border crossing procedure. The border officials watched everything critically. In the meantime, we remembered the wish we had at Nordkapp ("just back into the warm Touareg"), when we were standing outside in our light outfit with Nordkapp´s mayor in snowy weather. Now, we are standing at the Turkish border, 6 a.m. and 21°C and having hundreds of mosquitos attacking us. What is worse? A question, we´ll have more often during our tour.
We´re well on our schedule, the entry documents for men and machine are complete and while the sun rises, we´re approaching Istanbul. Once again we are not alone as three friendly employees and old friends from Volkswagen Turkey wait for us at the border and accompany us on our way through their home country. We reach the Bosporus in the morning rush hour, only two bridges connect the city between Europa and Asia. We drive through heavy traffic with tailgating, wrangling in, overtaking on the right - we´re still relaxed, and get an iced coffee out of out Waeco in-car fridge. And smile as we´re seeing the same drivers again, who tried to get through the heavy traffic by driving bumper to bumper. And even if it sounds like drama - the traffic runs perfectly fine and the drivers are taking care of each other.
We´re passing Ankara and driving on to our destination in the Southeastern part of the country. 1000 km and a drive without any disruptions allow a 10 minute stop at a fruit stand and stretching out our legs between highway and salt lake. Nevertheless we eat "at home" - inside the Touareg - what else? It was a good decision, because we need some slack time to check our equipment - and, who knows, maybe we´ll also find a shower at the airport…a dream came true!