Tumbling Tumble Weed

The wind didn't stop last night. In fact it picked up. The flipping flaps flapped all night long, and at one point the guy lines on Stu's tent pulled out from the sand. In the middle of the night I stuck my head out of the tent after being awoken by a tractor working ...

The open plains

Today was our last full day of riding through the flat open plains of Turkey, and unfortunately it wasn't the chance to catch up on lost time that we had hoped for. Strong headwinds all day long and rough roads meant that even with it being flat, we only managed about 90km. Finding somewhere to ...

Salt Lake City

Today was a bit of a failure. After waking up at 6am, and stopping at sunset at 5pm, we still only managed to cycle 40km. On flat ground. Our mountaintop campsite this morning served as a perfect little island amidst all the low lying clouds in the valleys below. It really felt like we were ...

King of the Hill

Another relatively early start left us once again rather confident that we'd able to put in the distance, and cover the lost ground from yesterday across the flat land of Turkey. Unfortunately it turns out that even the flat bits aren't so flat, and so by the end of the day, we were still 37km ...

In Garmin we Trust

Today started off so promising- an early rise to a beautiful sunrise, we were packed and ready to roll by 9. Having bought supplies for a couple of days in advance, we needed only to get as much water as we could carry. Annoyingly though, the day was full of twists and turns, as we ...

And s-t-r-e-t-c-h….

Like a shard of glass in my tyre, this morning we finally burst free from the mountains, and onto the plateau in the heartland of Turkey. With the knee pain getting worse, it made more sense to go back to the original plan of cutting across the flatter parts of the country, and give my ...

The Midas Touch

Had a painfully short day today, climbing up to around 1350m, to visit the tomb of King Midas. The headwind and steep climbs have pushed my knee back to rather horrible pain again, with each motion of the crank feeling like there are cracks in several places... With that in mind, we've decided to alter ...

1000m and climbing

As suddenly as we had found the warmth and hospitality of Gokay and his family, we were gone. Shooting out the door at 3 in the afternoon, it was a quick 45km to the nearby town of Seyitgazi where we pitched our tents for the night. Our sleeping arrangements seem more and more surreal; we're ...

Kurban Bayram

Spending the day in Eskisehir has been a great reprieve from the (admittedly brief) start since Istanbul. It's a great city to have looked around, and the hospitality is such that I've never experienced before. Their enthusiasm for all things bike-like also makes me feel excited and in awe. The one exception to all this ...

Eskisehir

After a somewhat disturbed night's sleep by the busy road, we hit the road expecting to take on the brunt of the mountainside. Instead, we found that we had a reasonable day's ride, but into a powerful headwind. The going was slow, but we decided to push on to Eskisehir where we thought we'd treat ...