We entered Turkey by ferry to Ayvalık, then cycled north to Bandırma, from where we took another ferry across the Marmara Sea to Istanbul. From there, we first cycled east to Sakarya, then turned north to reach the Black Sea coast. We then followed the coast all the way across the country to the Georgian border, mostly following the same road, the D010.
Cycling through Turkey in winter, the weather has been harsh on us and our bicycles, mostly due to the rain, though we escaped most of the snow by staying on the coast. However, we have been overwhelmed by the warmth of the Turkish people, after being hosted so often, regularly chatted up by curious strangers at every stop, and served endless cups of çay.
[We initially wanted to title this post 'Going cold Turkey', but it wouldn't have actually worked as a proper pun as we weren't going cold turkey on a→ Continue reading
The main road running down the Turkish Black Sea coast is the D010, and it is this road that we more or less followed (and will be following) all the→ Continue reading
The second half of our ride down the Black Sea coast got off to a slow start, first with Heiko falling sick in Sinop, then with Hannah falling sick in→ Continue reading