Truckin’ Hell!

physio wheelJ has been having physio at a hospital in Muğla every day these past couple of weeks. There’s a lot of pushing, pulling, twisting and turning of items reminiscent of the crank in Victorian prisons. It’s just a bit of a driving chore that, for me, has been relieved by the pleasure of spectacular views as we travel the D550 road that starts (or ends) from the Marmaris turn off of the D400. As it climbs behind the village of Akyaka, it zig-zags through a series of billiard-table smooth hairpins before peaking at 670mts above sea level. It is, in my opinion, a beautiful piece of highway engineering.



We’ve watched it grow over the years from a bumpy, pot-holed little lane into a wonderful, motorway class super-highway! It has real ‘Weeeeeeeee!’ qualities – especially on the downhill run when every bend seems to open up ever more glorious vistas over the Bay of Gökova. If you get your timing right the sunsets are amazing.

So, ‘Why ‘Weeee!’ and not ‘Ahhhhh!’?’ you may well ask. That has much to do with the fact that sweeping bends and hairpin bends are great levellers of the playing field between our FIAT Doblo and your average BMW 5 series! Now, with ‘duel’ lanes up and down, trucks grinding up or down using their crawler gears are no hindrance to anyone and so there is much less risk to other road users from self-flagellators chancing life and limb with idiotic, penile enhancing overtaking manoeuvres. Driving is very pleasurable.

That said, since the road has been upgraded, we have often commented on the lack of any run-off areas and the chances of a runaway truck looming in the rear-view! So, we were pleased to see a run-off of a standard to match the quality of the road being constructed just prior to the last hairpin. Compared with the mound of sand currently provided on that bend it is an impressive bit of gear!

truck run-off Gokova hillImpressive as the engineering is, it has come a little bit late for these guys just a few hundred metres further down at the bend.

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the driver and his mate have finished with the police and are sitting awaiting the salvage crew – the cab hangs over the abyss!

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J’s nifty camera skills have brought you these world exclusive pictures.

Alan Fenn and J looking forward to another round tomorrow!

24 thoughts on “Truckin’ Hell!

  1. Ouch! Both for the truck and the physio. Hoping all goes well with the latter.

    And that is one of the most spectacular rides anywhere. We once took a video all the way up the pass, with Hilary holding the camera out on the back of the bike. Does get a little chilly towards the top, though.

    1. Hillary should do it on the way down – view is better and easier to film and she’d be snug behind you reducing the wind-chill!

  2. Geçmiş olsun J. I spent so many hours on that windy road stuck behind buses and trucks. I haven’t had the pleasure of using it much since it was widened. I had plenty of time to appreciate the view.

    1. you should try it again and when you get to the top turn off left up the track – it leads to a small restaurant with stunning views

  3. Geçmiş olsun, J. We had no idea that you were having a problem. Hope all is well and that we get to see you soon. Glad you didn’t have to see that accident happening. That would have been a knuckle-whitener! Good to see no one got hurt or killed.

    1. it had happened just before we arrive on our way up – the first police car was in attendance. By the time we returned a few hours later they crew were alone and sitting forlornly by the wreck. It has rained heavily in the night so we’ll see what we will see this morning.

    1. been going on for Janet for over 30 years. Diagnosed as a problem with the spine too dangerous to do anything with – she was told she’d have to learn to live with it (compassionate NHS). She never gave up trying alternative therapies none of which ever worked. Recently it got so bad it was time for another attempt to relieve the pain if nothing else. A neurosurgeon and an orthopaedic surgeon at our local hospital disagreed with the original diagnosis and have referred her to the specialist she is seeing now. It’s like a frozen shoulder that has grown all sorts of gunk in the joints and freeing it up is the first step. We have to believe . .

      1. We do have to believe. Everything is crossed (not that I’m superstitious or anything but I won’t cross anyone on the stairs!).

  4. Ohhh wow. Well done J on the camera skills and to you for managing to keep your eyes on the road and not end up sitting on the road with the guys waiting to be rescued! 😉 We LOVE this road and the views and to be honest, had never thought about a run off. Guess they’re a tad necessary, as you have shown.

  5. Good to see that everyone is ok (at least semi ok). It’s always a little scarey having a truck following you down a steep hill. Love the new run away lane.

  6. EISH!! Sympathy both for J’s shoulder and the truck crew. That’s like a movie ending with the truck coming to a stop hanging over the edge…

    1. certainly was – can’t imagine what it felt like as the truck reared up to the brink and then toppled on to its side.

  7. We saw that as well, when we came back they were transferring the load to another lorry.

  8. Sorry to hear of J’s ongoing pain. Patrick had a frozen shoulder that the NHS physio failed to ease. Some months later after an excruciatingly painful and unsolicited massage from a Turkish barber in Datca he realized that his shoulder was cured and the trouble did not come back!

    1. Hi Sally, the treatment she is getting is certainly easing things – there’s another week to go and then some serious assessment. Meanwhile I’m replicating the equipment that she uses at the physio centre here at home.

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