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Istanbul to Safranbolu: Challenging weather, incredible hospitality

Whenever I went “on holiday” from cycling to work in London (usually coinciding with the November rugby internationals or the January freeze) it was always difficult to get back into the rhythm. Not because the cycling is tough, but it is mentally draining; negotiating the thick, angry traffic is something you need to practice daily … Continue reading »

Istanbul: Sensory overload

We spent two weeks in Istanbul, being tourists, relaxing, preparing our bikes for the next stage of our journey, obtaining visas and eating; we did a lot of eating. Rather than a blow-by-blow account of our time here, I thought I’d just mention some of our highlights and lowlights of our Istanbul experience. Highlights Our … Continue reading »

Plovdiv to Istanbul: One down, two to go

Istanbul is one of the great cities of the world, and the first major milestone of our journey to New Zealand. On leaving Plovdiv we had given ourselves five days of fairly short distances to get there. With one eye on getting to the Turkish border, and both eyes on getting to Istanbul, the first … Continue reading »

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