I cycled Rose Valley out of Göreme twice the first time getting it done the hard way.
I went uphill from Cavusin village to the Panoramic viewpoint.
The great single track is downhill the opposite direction.
I rested up at the viewpoint. Then enjoyed one of the best 3km rides of my life.
Soft, rolling, slippery sliding chutes like this. (No I did not crash.)
Glorious scenery, of course.
The second time I rode secondary highways 45 minutes uphill to the viewpoint. Then tried a different line, this high traverse.
Cool. But it dead-ended at a cave.
I traversed all the way back to viewpoint, then took my favourite run again … a little more slowly this time. Stopped to smell the flowers.
I wasn’t the only one out on a bike. There are guided groups.
Some of the best cycling of my life.
I didn’t take any video. But click PLAY or watch some Rose Valley cycling on YouTube.
I met another cyclist out on his own from Washington State. He’s been coming here twice a year for 20 years (May and October). January / February he cycles Arizona from campgrounds. Lives on a boat in the San Juan islands during the summer. His wife seems to like the lifestyle too.