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 ...

Hotel Istanbul (in Kilis)

We finished our last full day in Turkey in the border town of Kilis, to stay the night before crossing into Syria in the morning. Not a great hotel, but at least its somewhere to sleep and clean our clothes before the final part of this leg. Its been a dusty and hot day ...

Last climb in Turkey…

This morning started almost immediately with a 500m drop, down some of the steepest sharpest hairpin bends I've ever seen. It was probably the most exciting and terrifying bit of downhill cycling I've ever done, but I did the whole thing with a huge grin on my face. Absolutely stunning views of the valley below ...

Feeling Okey

I knew it would be tough today to cycle while not feeling very well, but I've never before had to climb 1000m up on an empty stomach, with absolutely no energy. I've not really had any appetite to stomach any food (or even much water) over the last couple of days having not felt very ...

Flowers will turn if you push lever

Another scorcher of a day yesterday, we left slightly later than planned and hit the flat roads leading out of Adana. We ended up zipping along 100km to the foot of our last big mountain range, but struggling to find somewhere to camp again as the sun began to set. Using our helpless traveller ...

Es Bike Team

The Adana International Mtb Race took place in the blistering hot sunshine, and was a great chance to see our friends in action. After getting off to a great start though, a problem with Gokay's wheel meant he ended running uphill until he was able to switch for a spare. Eda, getting a stitch ...

4 Star Buffet Breakfast. Hell yes.

This is what I've been training for. Today for breakfast I have been mostly eating: - 3 bowls of cereal - 2 bowls of fruit - 3 plates of pancakes eggs and sausages - A loaf of bread - Honey, Rose Jam - A selection of cheeses - A plate of olives, cucumber ...

“You can’t fall off a mountain”

After an unexpectedly dry night in the forest, we made an early start for our descent from the mountain. A slight climb took us back up to 1300m, but after that, it was down to sea level... Unsurprisingly, the day zipped by, with a combination of downhills and flats we reached the boiling hot ...

Tyred…

The Gatorskins have definitely reached their end of life... As predicted, today was cold and wet as we prepared for our descent. But before we even got to the road, Stu had decided to ride down the gravelly mountainside, and completely shredded his rear tyre. Replaced with one of our spare Paselas, we rolled on ...

Up in the clouds

This morning we found that the wind had thankfully died down a little. The news showed reports of the effects from the strong winds and heavy rain from around the country. Fortunately we only had the wind to contend with, and the promised rain for today is yet to appear in full force. ...