I am walking solo 1305 miles (2100 kilometers) across Turkey, from the Aegean coast to Iran, and describing what I run into along the way.
At one point the plan was to walk partway across Turkey and then head south to Jerusalem, but Syria’s been a little choppy lately.
Why am I doing this? For many reasons, but mainly because I love to walk and I love to see new country.
There are other, supporting factors behind my decision to do this. For example, I lived in Istanbul for 6 years and did some traveling around that part of the world, so I know the territory a bit. I’ve wanted to do something like this for 20 years. I decided this would be a more constructive mid-life crisis than getting a red Porsche and chasing after college coeds.
But mainly, I am doing it simply because I love to walk, and I love to see new country.
This is the route. I am walking about 60 miles per week (hopefully!), so the walk will take about 6 months or so. I won’t start the walk until September 2012, since I don’t want to be walking through the desert in the middle of summer.
Here is what I am doing in the meantime.
By the way, this is not a vacation. For 20 years, I have had something bigger in mind, and I would like to see this become merely the first leg of that bigger thing.