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Lewie and the Rover on the Kemaliye Stone Road in Turkiye :: Video of the Week


Two travelers, their faithful dog, and an old Land Rover Defender, embark on an adventure along the legendary stone road in Turkiye. This journey marks a new chapter in their lives, having recently married and left their jobs to travel eastward, tackling the most challenging off-road tracks they can find.

Turkiye’s most notorious and beautiful Kemaliye Stone Road took 130 years to construct. It spans approximately seven miles and runs alongside a canyon. Its narrow width, which is just two meters in places, and the 38 tunnels it passes through make it a treacherous yet thrilling route.

Research indicated the road’s dangerous reputation, so the couple braced themselves for the worst. However, as they navigated the tunnels, they found the experience exhilarating rather than frightening. The stunning views and high spirits made the journey unforgettable. Turkiye

Throughout the drive, they take moments to appreciate their surroundings, including a well-deserved baklava break. The road, shrouded in darkness at times, proves less difficult than anticipated, bringing relief and joy. This segment of their trip becomes a cherished memory, a highlight that stands out for its uniqueness and beauty.

Watch more of their adventures at Lewie and the Rover.

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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking adventure and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries (including West Africa), circumnavigated South America, and driven from Argentina to Alaska, which was followed by an exploration of Europe and Western Asia before returning to explore the Americas. Graeme is the Senior Editor 4WD for Expedition Portal, a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six books, and an Overland Journal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell