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Trip Report The Second Phrygian Exploration

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Our first attempt at exploring the Frig Valley was three years ago. We were not well prepared at all. We did not have proper maps. Our car was not fueled well and we had not supplied ourselves at all with any necessities like food and camping gear. By the time we decided that taking the forest road from somewhere close to the city of Kutahya would not not necessarily take us to Rome or thereabouts, we were running out of fuel, we were hungry and the sun was about to set and the logger routes we followed kept on multiplying beyond recognition.

The fact that I am writing this now is evidence that we survived that ordeal. however, it took three years for us to build up enough courage to start the second expedition to the region.

We will take off on Sunday August 19, which is shown to be auspicious for travel and discovery according to various ancient star charts which we have consulted. We shall have two goose down pillows and enough to eat for two days with us, plus antihistamines, sun screen sprays, hats, cat and dog food, a map of sorts which a deity called Google bestowed upon us.

Our first night will be at the Hilton Garden Inn Kutahya with a weekend getaway special and then the use of Le Club card at Ibis Eskisehir will give us two more nights with some different points.

No AWD this time, but a souped up Passat 1.4SI SW, Ray Bans to look like tough guys and a sprint booster for the getaway if needed. Eser will use the Pentax K-x with the large18-250 lens and I will use the Canon Powershot SX230 HS to shoot our way out of any difficulties.

This is a spur of the moment decision made two days ago. We have paid our bills made our wills, sent the one kid here in istanbul on a trip of her own, prepared road song disks and packed various knick knack against bad luck and evil eye already.

Wish us luck, so that I may continue to write on the Phrygian hordes before they reach your city.

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