Archive for November, 2010

November
27th
2010

Turkish Gear Drop


Turkish gear drop

As we mentioned a few weeks back, we have a lot of gear to be fixed over the coming winter. I still say “coming winter” as here in Istanbul its 20 degrees and sunny most days at the moment… Great! Our very good friends Cat and Graham have again come to the rescue, like they did with our Italian gear drop, but instead of posting our supplies this time they also came to visit us in Istanbul bringing a suitcase of bike bits in tow. – Posted by Justin

November
23rd
2010

Tent Repatriation


Tent repatriation

We don’t know if regular use by two (sometimes) stinky cyclist bodies are anything to do with our misfortunes but between the mysterious holes which appeared in France, a love-in with an over-amorous cat, a pair of trapped crickets and a troupe of hungry ants, our tent (lovingly known as Bessie) has a few holes after six months of cycle touring. – Posted by Emma

November
15th
2010

Fattening Up In Thessaloniki


Fattening up in Thessaloniki

Last time we were in Greece we had just enough cash for a Giros and a beer before we pedalled on to Turkey and spent less than 24 hours in the country. Compared with two weeks in Bulgaria, five in Italy and four in Spain, our time in Greece was short to say the least. – Posted by Emma

November
10th
2010

Turkish Cycle Touring Maps


Turkish cycle touring maps

Continuing our recent theme of posting about how we use maps we thought it might be useful to some blog readers to hear a little about our experiences using and buying maps of Turkey. If you are planning a route through Turkey by bicycle then hopefully our experiences below will convince you to pick-up a good quality map before you get to Turkey. – Posted by Justin

November
4th
2010

Gazing At Maps


Gazing at maps

We’re huge fans of cartography. Our first cycle tours in the England were completed with the help of a mix of UK Sustrans route maps, photocopies from road atlases and the beautifully accurate OS range. After heading West in Spain, our Picos de Europa map gave us a quick refresher in the importance of reading pass indicators. Later in Bulgaria we tried reading maps in Cyrillic, and then in Edirne, Turkey Justin gave up on the hunt for a good quality map and cycled back to Greece to buy one. – Posted by Emma

November
1st
2010

Winter Gear Fixing List


Winter gear fixing list

The very same day we sat down to write a huge list of all the things that we needed to do before continuing our tour in April 2011, we received an email from a cyclist asking how our gear had performed in the first six months of the trip and if there were any choices we would make differently after being on the road. – Posted by Emma