Day 66. 46km. Ivaylovgrad – Edirne

Posted: November 19, 2014 in Bulgaria, Cycling, Turkey
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What a day of experiences! Not much cycling, but a lot of excitement and lumps in throats crossing the border into Turkey (at least a lump in my throat). It feels kind of like a coming-of-age as a world cycler. We have left the ‘west’ and are in TURKEY, having cycled here from our European homes – Holland for me and England for James!

Entering into Turkey

Entering into Turkey

But first into Greece. Our passports were thoroughly checked. I was asked where the stamp from Blato was from. I couldn’t remember. James started to say Macedon…, saw the border guard’s ashen face, and then bit is tongue. FYROM – The Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia. We got our passports back.

Entering Greece

Entering Greece

More long, straight, flat roads in Greece

More long, straight, flat roads in Greece

I may be entering the realm of world cyclers, but, I still scream like a baby receiving a turkish massage. James and I went to the local hamman for a thorough clean and massage. Lying on the marble podium, I stared up at the domed ceiling with the patterns of stars and hexagons letting the light in from outside. There were drips of water which reverberated across the dome. I was called first for the massage. Man it hurt, but if felt good afterwards. I screamed, and also giggled. The masseur also snickered – in a fun way. I felt wonderfully clean and relaxed. James didn’t utter a whimper.

After the hamman

After the hamman

Our kind warm-showers host owns a bike shop, and it is a hive of activity in the shop, and the neighbouring restaurant. People passed by constantly and welcomed us to Turkey. We also met a Croatian couple that have just cycled from China. Lots of stories to hear. Not many to tell – yet. It feels like a different world we are entering, and I am very excited.

The mosque at Edirne

The mosque at Edirne

At our warm showers host in Edirne

At our warm showers host in Edirne

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Comments
  1. jovialspoon says:

    That really is a transition, moving across the traditional east/west divide. How exciting. And all these other cycle travellers you are meeting – it’s very inspiring, as is your journey.
    All the best for your “Turkey leg”. 🙂 (yes, a very lame joke)

  2. ton smeets says:

    Hi Matthey and James

    I still enjoy every day your adventures and I hope to read a lot more in the future.
    Matthey did I read that you have a break in your worldtour somewhere ?
    And I was looking on internet but I believe that Turkey until Istanbul is STILL EUROPEAN.

    Have a lot of fun together and remember that I enjoy your journey as much as you both do only I don’t have to cycle.

    Ton Smeets

    • Hi Ton. Yes. Istanbul is my endpoint for the winter, although my flight to Australia for the winter break is on December 5. I might do a bit more cycling before then. We’ll see.
      The European-Asian border is the Bosphorus, and that is where i am now – in Istanbul.

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