The Kindness of Strangers

Discussion in 'Hiking Chat' started by WilliamC, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    After a week in in the Aladağ and facing a 30+km walk out down an increasingly hot and dreary river valley, I was thinking to myself, "Wouldn't it be nice if the walk could end with this view."
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    Two minutes later, thanks to the kindness of İbrahim and Ali and their rented pick up, it did :)
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  2. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Nice. Were you hitching?
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  3. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    No, just walking down the road. Out in the countryside, the majority of vehicles will stop and offer a lift, if they have space. The trouble with this walk out is that there are very few vehicles and the few that there are will be leaving in the evening and no good if you want to make the last (4pm) bus at the end. We considered hitching (Bozena had slipped, landed on her hand and sprained her wrist, so we didn't want to camp another night on the walk out) but didn't want to put pressure on anyone to stop given the times we're living through.
    We were lucky that Ali and İbrahim had driven up at 3am to set up some bee hives and were returning early as İbrahim had to work in the afternoon. It turned out that he was a minibus driver and after tea at his house we ended up as passengers on his minibus to Adana.
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  4. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Excellent.
    Not about the injury. Hope it's on the mend.
    Sounds like you really were lucky with Ali and Ibrahim.
  5. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Much better three days later, fortunately. She can now help with the housework :);)
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  6. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Thanks to Ali in Boğazcık, who, on seeing us failing to fill up from the two public water fountains (disconnected due to Covid), took us into his garden to fill up our bottles, then have us two enormous apples to help us on our way.
    And to the anonymous beekeeper who paused his disrobing from his beekeeping suit to hand us both a handful of walnuts.
  7. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    It's Random Act of Kindness day today apparently, do something nice and make a difference to someone's day :)

    I've just taken Carol a coffee in bed so I'm off to a good start already
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  8. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I'll make sure I hold the manhole lid whilst Sue clears the backlog :facepalm: cheers for the heads up.,that should get me some browny points :D
  9. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I gave up the cold lamb to my hubby for his lunch .... :angelic:

    A nice man, taller than me, picked an item off the supermarket shelves that I couldn't reach. He probably didn't know it was "Random Act of Kindness day" but he's earned some good karma anyways :thumbsup:
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  10. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    PS. and the car passed it's MOT too :thumbsup:.
    I'm doing OK today (so far).
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  11. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

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  12. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    I made my son a coffee this morning.. ..:D









    Yesterday he shaved his head and raised £300 for a charity called "Young Minds" and stayed up for 24 hours solid for his challenge...
    It has shocked me how much he looks like me with a bald head but I'm proud that he actually followed thru with it...
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  13. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    #toplad :thumbsup:
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  14. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    There's a straggling village village called Boğazcık between Kaş and Üçağız on the Lycian Way. On the way through there's a solitary house next to the road, poor-looking with exposed concrete and brickwork. In autumn 2019 and spring 2020, whenever she saw us coming down the road, the wizened old woman who lives there would hobble off to here cellar, bent double and moving with the aid of a walking stick, to emerge with apples or pears to thrust upon us.
    We've passed through a few times since the summer and there's been no sign of her so we feared the worst. However, we were passing through again yesterday and were delighted to see her silhouetted form outside the house turn inside to return with a bucket of apples.
    Something good in these troubled times.
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  15. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    I regularly get lifts when I hike to, or from, trail heads in France, Spain or Italy, almost always by locals, almost never by tourists (unless they are hikers themselves), and often by local woman. But there is one ride that stayed with me for all those years. It was the day after the tragic accident in Corsica on 10 June 2015, when 12 Belgian and French GR 20 hikers got hit by a rock avalanche (probably triggered by a lighting strike during a big thunderstorm) and only 5 survived. I had been a village closeby with a friend on the day of the accident, watching the rescue helicopters on the mountain from her garden, and following the radio news. The following morning, I hiked along a secondary roads to re-join the GR 20.

    When I got to the trail head, it turned out that the entire area had been closed down by the rangers because of the accident. I turned around and soon after a taxi slowed down alongside me and the driver asked me to get into the car. I thanked him and replied that I was happy walking. He clarified that his offer was not as taxi but for a lift, a chat and a coffee in the next village. I couldn’t say no to such a friendly gesture. I think this was the only “free taxi ride” I was ever offered. With hindsight, I wondered if the collective shock about the accident (the worst ever on the GR20) played a part. Everybody in the local area was quite affected by this tragedy (I don't recall that we spoke about it). But either way - I won’t forget him and his big warm smile...

    I was looking at my picture archieve for the date and found a picture from the local news about the accident...
    Cirque landslide.jpg
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  16. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Brutal.
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  17. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    Yeah it was brutal. I had gone through that GR 20 section (Cascittoni or cirque de la solitude) in 2014 (with high awareness of the rockfall exposure) so I could picture it only too vividly...
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  18. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    We climbed the slab on the right in your picture as there were lots of people descending the chains and kicking rocks.
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