Why Is Hiking On The Atlantic Ocean Different Than MedTrekking In Turkey?

What’s the difference between MedTrekking through southern Turkey in October and a mid-November hike along the Atlantic Ocean in Massachusetts in November?

Even an Idiot realizes that the dramatic 50-degree drop in the Fahrenheit temperature changes everything from head to toe.

The Idiot kicked off his Atlantic hike when the temperature hit 37 degrees Fahrenheit (2.78 degrees Celsius).

The Idiot kicked off his Atlantic hike when the temperature hit 37 degrees Fahrenheit (2.78 degrees Celsius).

The Idiot prepared for the chilly day with fish chowder in Gloucester, MA. Forget the Turkish breakfast of olives, cheese and cucumbers on a day like this!

He prepared for the chilly day with fish chowder in Gloucester, MA. Forget the Turkish breakfast of olives, cheese and cucumbers on a morning like this!

Shorts and Ts are replaced by a knit cap, gloves and fleece.

Shorts and Ts are replaced by a knit cap, gloves and fleece.

The terrain, from flags and signage to seaside promenades and beaches, obviously illustrates that The Idiot is no longer in rugged, mountainous Turkey.

That's not the Turkish flag.

That’s not the Turkish flag.

History isn't quite as ancient.

History isn’t quite as ancient.

Signs are in English.

Signs are in English.

There are fewer mountains and sandier beaches.

There are fewer mountains and sandier beaches.

Bill Chapin, Gloucester's poet laureate, speaks English. (Photo: Liz Chapin)

Bill Chapin, Gloucester’s poet laureate, doesn’t speak Turkish. (Photo: Liz Chapin)

Next Week: Where Does The Idiot Find Turkey In North America?

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About Joel

Joel Stratte-McClure has been a global trekker since the 1970s. He lived in France for over 30 years, working as a journalist, before he turned his attention to a unique life-time-project of walking the shores of the Mediterranean. The first 4,401 kilometers are explored in his inspirational and entertaining first book “The Idiot and the Odyssey: Walking the Mediterranean.” The next 4,401 kilometers are covered in the gods-filled sequel, “The Idiot and the Odyssey II: Myth, Madness and Magic on the Mediterranean,” published on Valentine’s Day 2013. The last 4,401 kilometers will be discussed in the last book of the trilogy currently entitled “The Idiot and the Odyssey III: Alexander the Great Walks the Mediterranean.”

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