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Princess Day in Batumi Beach

From Pazar we left very early in the morning. We pedaled only a couple of kilometers and we were already in the border. We crossed the immigration police in Turkey with no problem. When we were at the side of Georgia, the first thing that caught our attention was the […]

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Rize: Surrounded by tea fields

The road to Rize was flat and we cycled through tea fields. It was harvest season and we saw many people working in the fields. After one rainy night in the tent behind a gas station we made our way to Rize. We stopped for a breakfast break and ran […]

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Trabzon

As usual we stayed in Trabzon far longer than expected. How can we not stay longer than expected if we are hosted by great people in Turkey. In this case it was Cihad, a 25 year old college student finalizing

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The Turkish Black Sea coast

  Samsun is a nice surprise. To be honest I have imagined it as an industrial and grey city but fortunately it is all different. The streets are full of people, there is a well-structured center, bars, markets, restaurants, places with cheap fast food and hotels. On the sea side […]

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Ice cream is the cyclist’s gasoline

From Ankara in the center of the country we head towards the coast. Soon we can go sunbathing, swimming, cycling downhill from about 1000 meters of altitude down to zero. This will be an easy and relaxed ride. Unfortunately we are wrong.

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Ankara: The friend-making-machine

Our first impression of Ankara is not a good one. We cycle through road construction sites, climb up hills, get scared by drivers who blow their horns. We decide to stay just as long as necessary. Our first host, Mahir, is very nice and shows us the parks outside the […]

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Turkish Toilet 101

Ankara, Turkey, April 2012 Artikel auf Deutsch lesen Leer en  Español How to use a Turkish Toilet and other squat toilets all over Europe, Asia and North America We camp a lot and usually carry our own toilet paper. We are not too picky about the smallest room. But still […]

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Final spurt towards Ankara

Friday, 20th of April 2012 We leave Afyonkarahisar behind us and cycle though a long industrial area full of marble quarries and factories. I remember the bike shop’s owner’s words just a day ago: “There are only two or three hills, besides all the way to Ankara is flat”, when […]

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