Day 69. 97km. Gümüspinar – Istanbul

Posted: November 22, 2014 in Cycling, Turkey
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The rain and thunder howled around our tents at night, but left in the day as we cycled along our own private freeway – almost car-free – towards Istanbul. Its great to see my friends in Istanbul and have a lovely evening in front of the fireplace.

Our own private freeway

Our own private freeway

The roads were still wet, and the clouds looming, as we cycled off into the day. A crack opened in the clouds, which finally opened out into blue sky.

A crack in the clouds

A crack in the clouds

The freeway is nearly finished. It is meant to link Europe with Asia across an, as-yet, unbuilt bridge across the Bosphorus. It seems to be Turkey’s best kept secret. There were minutes on end without a single car in sight, and we did loops and stunts on our own private freeway. In the end we needed to leave the freeway due to the traffic, and onto a muddy road with lots of factories and aggressive dogs.

Our own private freeway

Our own private freeway

The road was muddy

The road was muddy

And then, after 5147km, I was standing on the shores of the Bosphorus – the border between Europe and Asia. It was grim, and wet, but, I still had to jump for joy – what an amazing and fun trip it has been. And why not even let my stomach hang out for the shot?

Arrival at the Bosphorus

Arrival at the Bosphorus

Thanks Diederik and Wendelin for your great hospitality, and letting me store my bike here over the winter! I really appreciate it!!

Diederik and Wendelien

Diederik and Wendelien

Comments
  1. JEAJ says:

    Goed gedaan mannen! We hebben jullie trip met veel interesse gevolgd. Moeten jullie nu binnenkort afscheid van elkaar nemen?

  2. dvanderzwaan says:

    wat bijzonder zo’n auto weg helemaal verlaten, het lijkt de autoloze zondag van Nederland wel (jaren geleden), Wat mooi als je de wolkenlucht zo zie open breken. maar begrijp ik nu goed dat jij je fiets laat overwinteren? en jij blijf jij daar ook of ga je verder op een andere fiets. sorry hoor kan het Engels aardig goed begrijpen maar de finesse ontgaat mij. Geniet van de omgeving groetjes Trudi

    • Hoi Trudi. Mijn fiets blijft in Istanbul en ik ga naar Australië en Taipei voor de winter. Maar mijn winter stop beginnt december 5. Voordat een beetje hier in de buurt fietsen.

  3. AndrewGills says:

    Where will you go for the winter? I was wondering how you were going to handle the cold across central Asia but now I have my answer. Sorry if it’s somewhere in your blog … I miss some posts because sometimes it is too difficult to read at the end of the day and sometimes I don’t have internet

  4. Barbara van der Vaart says:

    Hey Matthew, wat fijn en erg leuk dat je op je route zo regelmatig ook kunt afspreken met oude vrienden en collega’s! En super dat je een goeie plek hebt om je fiets te laten overwinteren! Nu maar lekker even ontspannen daar, veel plezier in Turkije!

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