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Bicycle travels on the Silk Toad: The Royal Road

The Silk Road has often changed geographically. But the part called Royal Road had remained roughly the same under the ancient Hittites, the Persians, Alexander Macedon and later the Romans. The Royal Road started at the Aegean Sea, passed over the the Anatolian plains of Turkey, connected to Hattusa, the capital of the Hittites, and from there went on into Syria. The Achaemenid Kings of Persia extended the Royal Road to today's Mosul and to their capital Susa in today's Iran.
Imagine my pleasure during a bicycle trip on the ancient Silk Road when I was shown the way by a Hittite king, Tarkasnawa, 13th c. BCE! The place is on Karabel gešidi, between Izmir and Sardes. Archeologists call the relief "Karabel A". They were even able to read the hardly visible Luwian (not Egyptian) hieroglyphs in the upper right corner. Sardes, my next stop, was once the capital of the rich Lydian king Croesus or Kroisos and later on the the seat of Persian Satraps or gouvernors. Bicycling on the Silk Road means wallowing in history!

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