Thoughts so Far……

As I'm writing this, I'm resting in Damascus at my friend Lubna's apartment after finally finishing Leg 1 of my tour. And looking outside, all I can see is the whiteness of the snowstorm that's currently engulfing Damascus. Not exactly what I was expecting when I got here, but at least I'm grateful to be ...

Damascus: 5472km, 102 days, end of Leg 1

It took a 100km day of up and down hills, along with 3 bouts of food poisoning and one more tyre puncture to bring us into Damascus, finishing off the day, year, and first leg of the trip. Getting here has been my focus since we left 3 months ago, and we've somehow managed to arrive ...

Road to Damascus

Today was everything I imagined it would be. Exhausting, painful and generally sickening. From the moment I wheeled my bike downstairs I thought I was going to be violently ill, and spent the rest of the day determinedly not vomiting. Of course not having eaten anything all day meant my energy lasted all of about ...

Bad Woof

With only about 170km left to go, its time to decide whether it's worth finishing the journey by bike... Or getting a bus into town. Its so close to the end of the first leg, that it seems pointless quitting now. And yet the thought of cycling while all three of us are now ill ...

Homs

Another day down, and still 180 odd km from Damascus. Warm sun and a comfortable hotel didn't help Stu shake the food poisoning from the day before, and instead of making the further leap ahead, we were forced to stop overnight in Homs. Although there wasn't a great deal Homs had to offer from what ...

Hama Brothers

The day looked set to be slow from the beginning, with Stu appearing a whiter shade of pale and lethargic. As we rolled on, he became weaker and weaker, and we began to realise that he just wasn't going to make it that much further. Most likely a spot of mild food poisoning, from one ...

And then there were Four.

It was a tearful farewell (as tearful as a groups of British Cyclists can be) as we set off from Aleppo this morning saying goodbye to Russ Tim and Dan, who were bus-ing it down to Beirut. It was fantastic to be able to ride in such a group for the grand total of about ...

Aleppo

With our new entourage, we managed to hit the road at a phenomenally early hour - 07:30! In the cool crisp morning air we cruised effortlessly down Syria's beautifully flat roads, and into Aleppo within a couple of hours. It's a crazy but beautiful city, and something of a relief to finally find food that ...

And then there were Seven….

It was a long wait at the Syrian border by Kilis/Azaz, as the guys hung around to see whether they would get issued a visa or not. As it turns out, you CAN get a visa issued on the border if you're prepared to wait for 3 hours, have dollars to pay with and don't mind ...

Goodbye Turkey, my Fine Feathered Friend.

We left Kilis this morning in our characteristically relaxed manner, wheeling slowly down the roads trying to find our way out of town and to the border. Within minutes we ran into a group of British cyclists, also on their way to Syria. And so we decided to join forces with Dan, Tim, Russ and ...