By the time we reached Turkey we had been on the road for three weeks, yet this was the first stop where we could pick up mail from home. Imagine being out of contact with family and friends for that length of time in the 21st century – inconceivable! Letters were like lottery wins and home entertainment rolled into one!
SATURDAY 16TH OCTOBER, 1976
“Early start – dark when got up – no one looked very bright!
Stopped at border for a bit – some buses were made to empty completely – at Turkish side, bedding and things spread all around.
Long drive for most of the day. Stopped for a cay stop in town on the coast. Got a welcome in the cake shop (me and Neva needless to say!) everyone very friendly. Had an eclair!
Eventually reached the Esso Campsite outside Istanbul – dark by that time, so haven’t seen anything yet. Kitchen facilities – all ate in the dinning room area – Encounter [Overland] group singing away at other end of room.
Hot showers here too!!! Windy and cold tonight. 1st mail stop. Letters from Mum and Dad.”