Adventurer challenged, charmed by Turkey's St. Paul Trail
Local villagers shared tea countless times with Brad Myers of Spokane as he hiked through Turkey on the St. Paul Trail.
In the middle of Turkey, in the heat of midsummer, tired, hungry and dripping with sweat, I was faced with a decision -- set up camp next to a well of fresh water before sunset or push on, hoping to reach the Roman ruins of Adada before dark.
According to the guidebook, Adada's watchman, Hasan, provides accommodation to tired trekkers who trickle in from the St. Paul Trail.
I decided to carry on toward the possibility of a bed, a shower, a sink to wash my socks and a main course that didn't require building a campfire.
Kate Clow, author of the St. Paul Trail guidebook, makes no promises this trek is easy. In fact just the opposite -- she says it's fairly hard.
Originally from England, Kate has spent the last two decades working with volunteers an.
government officials to showcase the rural riches of Turkey. In 1999 she opened the Lycian Way, Turkey's first long-distance trek which links Antalya to Fethiye along the southern coast.
Her next project, completed in 2004, was the St. Paul Trail. It's loosely based on St. Paul's first journey from Cyprus into Asia Minor; although the Bible gives no record of his exact route, local archaeologists confirm that it follows Roman roads St. Paul may have used.
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