• Cold Nights and Notes from Sinop

    November 16, 2007

    I smell pretty terrible but I’ve got a fishing boat to sleep on tonight and I have just bought a new blanket which I hope will keep me warm. The nights have been uncomfortably chilly recently. Normally camping is a perfectly fine option for our sleeping arrangements but I’ve been dubious recently. I’ve been cold in my thin sleeping bag, no matter what combination of clothing and headwear that I adorn.

    Tags: HospitalityTrampingVagabondFishing boatSinopTurkeyCycle touringTravelCycling


  • Cycling the Black Sea Coastline of Turkey in the Dark

    November 15, 2007

    The other day I was cycling towards Trabzon. We cycled in a number of dark, ominous looking tunnels. I’m cycling along, and then there it is, another black hole. My blood pressure rises, the hard shoulder thins and squeezes me off onto the road to share it with the multi-tonne trucks flying past, spraying me with muddy water. I check over my shoulder, hopefully I will make it through, before being chased by the next vehicle.

    Tags: TurkeyCoastlineKaradenizBlack seaCycling


  • How I Ending Up Staying on the Turkish National Skin-Diving Instructors Fishing Boat

    November 13, 2007

    Although people are helpful and friendly, we often get looked at like we have three heads. I find it funny, and it’s completely harmless and utterly understandable. Two bearded English men turn up. One is wearing a fluorescent sock on his head and looks like a traffic cone; the other is wearing a ridiculous helmet with go-faster-stripes, and Klingon-esque air vents. Why would someone on a bicycle want to wear a helmet anyway?

    Tags: TurkeyBlack seaCycle touringCycling


  • Looking East and West in Istanbul

    October 24, 2007

    I am in Kadikoy on the Anatolian side of Istanbul. We have reached Asia by bike! Today commences our third week in Istanbul. It is a multi-layered and vibrant place; enough to make one consider staying longer. However, the open road and adventure beckons once again. Crossing a whole continent is a significant milestone in the journey. Reflecting back, the feat seems equally absurd as it does real. I feel like I have lived a lifetime in the last 4 months.

    Tags: VagabondingIstanbulCycle touringTravel


  • Getting Romania in View

    September 26, 2007

    We arrived in Romania a couple of days ago. We crossed the border and had a long night after realising we had crossed at the wrong place and had to return to the official crossing and cross there. It was dark and wet; lightning was striking around my feet and the officials were stroking their moustaches with intent. We have the addition of a new member of Ride Earth called Maria who we met in Budapest.

    Tags: RomaniaVagabondingCycle touringTravel