Mark is a friend of mine from Seattle. We worked together at Progressive International (not the insurance company).
Today’s walk was about 32 km (20 miles), starting at the provincial border between Urfa and Diyarbakır, and ending at the village of Tokaçlı.
When I started walking the air temperature was 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), and the crosswind so strong the bus door would not open until the attendant started pushing into it with his shoulder.
I usually take photos of the signs at the provincial borders, but not today. As soon as I stepped off that bus into the freezing wind, all I could hear was my brain yelling at me to "go! go! go!", not "stop and take a photo."