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Turkey Wrap

Mount Ararat from the road

Turkey is made for cycle touring: amazing roads, friendly people, great food, beautiful scenery, great camping and some interesting sites to go and visit. It has been our favourite country to date and one we will definitely come back to, even if to do just two months in Turkey exclusively. It’s very easy to cycle

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Erzurum to the Iranian Border

Mosque Pattern

So, Iranian Visas in hand, we set off from Erzurum; after a slightly longer stay than expected, (due to us both coming down with a nasty little stomach bug) we were pretty glad to be hitting the road and excited at the prospect of landing in Iran in a few days’ time.

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Savage Dogs and Stone Throwing Kids in Turkey

Wild Puppy Attack

So you’re planning you’re cycle touring route through Turkey, (or maybe you’re already there) and have heard, (as we had) the horror stories of stone throwing little brats all over the place and savage hounds of hell leaping out from every bush to give you rabies?

Well there’s good news and bad. The bad news

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Carving a Path Through Central Turkey

More Hills

Cappadocia to Erzurum in 8 days…

Day 1: Goreme to Kayseri 73km

Phil finally dragged me away from Cappadocia. It was mainly our cosy campsite at Kaya Camping I was attached to. We opted to leave via the main road towards Kayseri via Aksalur to the route 805 and 260, rather than the hill option

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Frozen Turkey

Kat in Cold Weather Gear

Quick update, Turkey, (the North East Anyhow) is pretty bloody chilly at the moment. We were expecting a temperature drop but a combination of altitude, (we never really get below 1000m) and chill winds have meant the long fingered gloves and Icebreaker jumpers have come out of the bottom of our clothes bag.

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Wild Camping In Turkey – Why Bother?

Petrol Station Camping

We’ve met a fair few cycle tourists along our travels who elected to ‘wild/stealth camp’ a lot in Turkey. After finding many great free places to camp in Turkey just by talking to the locals in a likely looking spot, I asked myself, what’s with all the wild camping?

There are some benefits of course

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Cappadocia, Nice and Nasty

Cappadocia Cave Houses

So yeah, Cappadocia, I’m in two minds about the place, so in honour of that this update will give my two very polar viewpoints.

Nice

It’s stunning; the scenery, the cave houses, the arid landscape, even watching the 50+ balloons float over the landscape early in the morning; it’s really hard to fault the place

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Need Somewhere to Camp in Turkey… Ask the Forestry Commission

Turkey Forestry Comission

You know the drill; getting late, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, need somewhere to camp? Well in Turkey most people will help to find you a place to stay, the Turks are cool like that; but you can also ask the very people out to bust you for wild camping… the forestry commission! Have

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24, (ish) Hours in Ankara

Bear Mace

So an unexpected diversion to a city we never intended to visit, thanks to some Turkish sweets and a loose crown on my tooth; basically snacking and the bloody thing came off… dentist, (decent dentist) now urgently required and after a brief check on the net/our guidebook it quickly became clear that Ankara was the

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The Road to Istanbul – Cycle Tourist Central

Istanbul Dusk Skyline

So, we decided to cross the border into Turkey at Malko Tarnavo, (surprisingly pleasant little border town) which is mostly used by tourists coming from Burgas (be warned though, during summer this road becomes some nightmare hell-world of flies!). We cycled into town early and stumbled across a group of seven cycle tourists including 2

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