Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles
day 1 – 8am Starbucks, Bodrum.
9:30am – ferry to Datça.
You pass the Greek island of Kos en route.
11am – arrive at the new ferry terminal.
Free shuttle bus to town.
I wandered Datça town for an hour enjoying the peace and quiet after busy Bodrum.
Eventually I found the official trailhead in Eski Datça. This is the start of the 240km Datça Peninsula section.
People visit to see traditional old stone houses on cobbled streets.
Follow the red & white paint.
There are some signs on the Carian Trails, but not many.
I wore long pants due to thorny, stinging vegetation on the overgrown trails. In fact I should have had even thicker pants.
Traditionally this region is famous for fish, almonds and honey.
Most of the day was on logging roads. Good footing.
Alarmingly, the only water source was swarming with wasps. I couldn’t get close.
First glimpse of the ocean.
I was very happy to see my destination — Pig’s Hollow Camp (Dumuzcukuru). Wild boars visit occasionally.
It’s something of a commune. When I was there 3 Turks were in residence. One had been coming for 6 years.
They take care of the garden. Keep the place clean. Maintain the solar power rig and water purification system.
Anyone can stay and probably eat dinner with the guys. By donation.
My pasta dinner, home grown salad and wine were excellent. I was HAPPY to donate.
The guys told me very few Carian Trail hikers pass by. It truly has not caught on yet in Turkey though the nearby Lycian Way is booming. The Carian Trail was only launched in 2013.
I saw one big black snake. They guys said they see about one snake a day at the Camp.
My last night in the tent in Turkey. A nice spot. I had the beach to myself.
I read my kindle as dusk fell.