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ordu to georgian frontier

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Ordu to Georgian Frontier: Turkey, we will miss you!

Who would have thought that walking into a classroom of 10 years olds could give you sweaty palms, tunnel vision, and make your mind go blank. They say animals can smell fear, but after walking into a classroom in Beşikdüzü I can confirm that 10 years olds can also smell fear! More of that later… … Continue reading »

Safranbolu to Ordu: Mountains to the sea

I wake, as I have done most mornings in Turkey, to the eerie wail of the call to prayer echoing around the valley in the darkness. The initial call from a nearby mosque is soon joined by other, fainter voices carried on a gentle breeze from minarets in numerous tiny settlements hidden from view at … Continue reading »

istanbul to safranbolu

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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 »

plovdiv to istanbul

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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 »

cycling into istanbul

We are hoping that this page will help alleviate any stress that you may be experiencing at the thought of cycling into Istanbul from Europe. OUR ROUTE View Approaching Istanbul in a larger map OUR NOTES 1. The night before the Turkish border we camped at the Sakar Hills campsite near Biser, a top drawer … 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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