Years and years ago, I had an ATV. It was small and blue and my brother and I used to ride it all the time. We sold it when I was about 20 and I’m pretty sure that I haven’t been on one since. However, when looking at the various things we could do while in Cappadocia, one thing caught our eye (in addition to the hot air balloon ride) – an ATV tour of the area.
Why not? And could you find a more beautiful, yet lunar, looking landscape on which to ride? I think not! Plus, this was one we knew the kids would really enjoy (including my “big kid” ;)). Our guide was not one for lengthy chats or information about the area, but he at least told us what we were looking at whenever we stopped. There were a few times when we were riding right along the edge of the cliffs – and this is not the USA folks, there is nothing blocking you from imminent death should you veer off the beaten track!
We had to drive a little bit through the village of Göreme in order to get to the Rose Valley which is where the majority of our ride would take us. There isn’t much traffic in these parts so it wasn’t much of an issue to ride along the roads for a few minutes. Josh and I had to laugh at the helmets they gave us – once again, we’re not in the US anymore. The kids wore bicycle helmets and Josh and I had something that looked like it was from WWII era… I’m sure that had we crashed, the helmets would have done relatively little to protect us. But it was something!
Aidan went with Josh and it was probably for the better. The two of them are a bit more “wild” whereas Liam and I took it a bit slower and easier on our end, but still having a lot of fun along the way!
So that being said, I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking in this post. Enjoy!
We made it back just in time for it to start raining and for us to finish our day on a totally chill note. In the end, it was a great way to end our vacation to Turkey!
Knuffels en kussen,