Archive for September, 2010

September
22nd
2010

Turkey By Numbers


Turkey by numbers

The observant may note that we’re still in Turkey. As winter approaches and our bicycles are getting accustomed to an indoor life, we thought it was timely to summarise our cycling adventures from Edirne to Cappadocia and back to Istanbul. Over a month on the road we tapped into a tiny part of this huge land, were amazed by the scale of the landscapes we cycled through and the never ending generosity and curiosity of the people we met along the way. – Posted by Emma

September
22nd
2010

Never Travel With Nevsehir Buses


Never travel with Nevsehir Buses

Leaving Goreme at the end of a blissful break enjoying the sights of Cappadocia, we had anticipated a few problems transporting our bikes by bus to Istanbul. We checked three days before we planned to travel with all of the different companies (around eight in total) and found only two companies would accept bicycles. – Posted by Justin

September
21st
2010

Postcards From Cappadocia


Postcards from Cappadocia

Thoroughly enchanted by Cappadocia, we spent nine days at a campsite only two kilometres and one very steep cobbled hill from Goreme. Arriving after one too many punctures and a challenging last few weeks on the road we found ourselves suddenly surrounded by tourists, being handed English language menus and at a campsite…with possibly the best hot showers of our whole trip, a kitchen and an icy cold pool! – Posted by Justin + Emma

September
11th
2010

Cycling Through Flat Lands


Cycling through flat lands

The smell of roasted onions followed us through one last agricultural belt before the salt plains of Tuz Golu. Huge red hessian sacks of onions placed systematically across the horizon look like a modern art installation, teams of onion pickers knelt over their work, and after the last onions were pulled from the ground the fields were set on fire, creating an eerie glow on the horizon on a couple of moonless starry nights. – Posted by Emma

September
11th
2010

Puncture Nation


Puncture Nation

Four spare inner tubes, one spare tyre, two bicycle pumps and twelve Park Tool Super Patch repair patches seemed a bit of overkill for two cyclists with just two weeks of cycling left of a six month cycling trip which has been stopped by minimal flat tyres to date. What tyre-some disasters could possibly befall us? – Posted by Emma

September
11th
2010

Day Of Food – Turkey


Day of food – Turkey

This was the final day of Bayram, meaning we were low on food supplies as many small shops were shut. Our shopping list has shrunk a bit in rural turkey with muesli, chickpeas, jam, couscous (and of course pork products) all off the shelves. We spent our second to last day on the road cycling from the edge of Tuz Golu (Salt Lake) then turning East to follow the silk road route passing a number of caravanserai along the way. – Posted by Emma

September
6th
2010

Ups And Downs


Ups and Downs

Generally in Turkey we have stuck to roads marked as white, yellow or orange on our map, but after a small amount of misdirection we embarked on our first grey road (very minor) with some trepidation. The grapes we had been given at breakfast were safely strapped on to my rear rack and I hoped they wouldn’t end up as wine. – Posted by Justin

September
2nd
2010

Misdirection


Misdirection

Its about 10:30am and we’re leaving a tiny hamlet when I catch sight of the name – ‘Oluklu’. I absentmindedly check the map mounted on my handlebar bag. The village is just one street, so I’m not expecting to see it on our 1:800 000 scale map, but my heart jumps just a tiny bit – I can see the road, but not on the D665 which we should have been following. Last night’s continual climbing after Sogut, muddy hunt for a free camp and the incident with the pack of five wild dogs circling our tent in the morning could have all been avoided. – Posted by Emma

September
1st
2010

8000 Kilometre Photo


8000 kilometre photo

The excitement of cycling on from Istanbul towards Cappadocia almost made us miss the 8000 km milestone. We took this photo arriving in the town of Bilecik after a morning spent darning holes in our tent mesh from hungry ants. The road to Bilecik was busy with trucks ferrying marble from quarries (like the one in the background) while after Bilecik the rain closed in for a wet afternoon of cycling. The passing truck drivers kept our spirits up with much horn tooting and waving though. – Posted by Justin