National Geographic : 1963 Dec
with Turgay when I decided that the swarms of flies were more than I could stand. I went to our car and brought back a can of insect spray, which I started to squirt liberally be neath our table. My thumb was still on the lever when a plump lady bounced up from a table across the room and made her way to my side. "Haven't you read Rachel Carson's Silent Spring?" she demanded. "Don't you know how dangerous that can be? Do you want to kill us all?" I apologized, put away the spray, and fin ished my meal with one hand, brushing away the winged hordes with the other. Leaders Choose Different Routes Southeast of Konya, at the city of Heraclea, now Eregli, the Crusaders found a Turkish army blocking their path. Bohemond led the Christian forces in a headlong assault, and the Turks fled. The way to Antioch was open, but there was a choice of routes. The most direct road lay south and east, through the towering Cilician Gates. But the pass is precipitous and narrow, easily defend ed by even a small party (page 811). And it was September, when the heat was at its peak. The road north to Caesarea Mazaca (to day's Kayseri) offered easier going. From there it would be necessary to turn south through the Taurus and Anti-Taurus Moun tains, but the country was in the hands of Armenians, who could be counted on for sup plies and support. The main body of the army took the northern route (map, pages 804-5). Two of the leaders, however, decided to risk the Cilician pass: Godfrey's brother Baldwin, with a group of Flemish and Lor rainers, and Tancred, with a troop of Nor mans who had come with him from southern Italy. The main body marched north through Cappadocia to Caesarea, thence south to Cox on (today's Goksun) where the Armenian population welcomed them with food and supplies (page 814). Between Goksun and Maras, however, Braving a Rain of Arrows, Europeans Rout the Turks on the Plain of Antioch "Priests and many monks, dressed in white robes, went in front of the lines of our knights," wrote Raymond of Aguilers, who here carries the Holy Lance mounted on a spear shaft. Vainly, the desperate enemy sets fire to dry grass in front of Raymond's line.