Day 3 Afternoon

I was up to a later start today than yesterday. The sun hadn’t risen yet but that tells me nothing because there was a ridiculously large peak directly to the east of my camping site. I wouldn’t be surprised if the sun didn’t crest the mountain from that vantage until after nine. My best guess is that it was around 7:30 when I was up and moving.

I had not walked far when I came to a spot where the lake on my right came right up against the cliff on my left. To get beyond, I had to cross a bridge about the length of a couple football fields. That bridge looked to be relatively new. My guess would be a few decades old give or take. It probably replaced an older bridge which in turn replaced an even older bridge and so on. How far back do the bridges go? Was there a point where you needed to take a ferry to cross the lake? For that matter, did the lake even exist as I am seeing it back in Paul’s day? How much did terraforming to create a highway from Antalya to Isparta change the geography into what I am seeing today?

What about some of the other bridges I have crossed? I haven’t really paid much attention but I don’t think I have passed anything that would pushed water beyond waist or perhaps shoulder height. How much potential water run off is being diverted to support the many farms I saw in my first day and a half? Even if all the water crossings now are roughly as they were then, a waist to shoulder height crossing could be the cause of some serious delays.

A short ways beyond the north end of the lake I was walking past I saw what looked like it might have been the ruins of an old lookout fortification. Roman, Byzantine, Turk, I don’t know. From a vantage further up the road I don’t even know if it wasn’t just a natural rock formation. I do know that the peak I was looking at would provide an excellent vantage for traffic along the valley I was walking as well as another, smaller valley that ran off to the west of the lake. Someone up there could probably see and be seen from any town built on the north side of the lake. This point might have been a frontier when Rome had held Pamphylia but had not yet taken possession of what is now central Turkey. It might also have been a Turk vs Byzantine border at some point. Or the use of the peak could have gone even further back. After all, my next destination, Antioch, was built up by the Seleucid empire to defend against Galatian incursions. Either way, I must continue marching on.

 

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