Photographer's Note

When I had arrived to the finishing point of my bike trip, the city of Trabzon, and bought a ticket for a ship departing from Trabzon and arriving to Sochi on the next day, I decided to make more 100 km for visiting the famous Sumela Monastery. My way was along the route E 97 up to the town of Maka (Machka) and then along a highly picturesque mountainous road to the Altındere National Park in Pontic Mountains, where the monastery was situated.

The ascent from the sea level up to the 1190-meter altitude was not very easy, but the descent from the monastery down to Trabzon also was rather difficult due to the very strong wind from the sea.

GPS coordinates: 40.68995 Lat, 39.65966 Long, 1190 m

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Additional Photos by Sergiy Lushpenko (s_lush) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1933 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
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