Day 85. 86km. Gerede – Karabük

Posted: April 9, 2015 in Cycling, Turkey
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Today I ate birthday cake – one in the morning, and one in the evening. In between birthday cake eating sessions I cycled across a high snowy plain, and then 1000m downhill into the student town of Karabük. And today wasn’t even my birthday.

Snowy plains

Snowy plains

The first birthday cake was for a friend in Taiwan, and I ate some cake to celebrate that in the snow.

Kaiwen's birthday cake

Kaiwen’s birthday cake

The second birthday cake was in anticipation of my upcoming birthday tomorrow. This was eaten together with our wonderful warm shower hosts Kaan and his friends in Karabük. They not only welcomed James and me into their home and cooked for us, but insisted on celebrating my last evening on the planet aged 43 with a cake. Great people!

My birthday cake

My birthday cake

The cycling today was cold and white. My phone thought it far too cold, and went on strike. I had to keep it snug and warm next to my chest to prevent it rebooting. It wanted to be near the birthday-boy to be.

Snowy freeway

Snowy freeway

  1. Alessandro says:

    so today it was your “non-birthday” – as in Lewis Carroll’s book.
    For tomorrow: happy birthday! old man!
    Keep up the good work with your pedaling and posting.

  2. bahri says:


  3. Michael says:

    Hello Matthew

    Many happy returns on the 22nd anniversary of your 22nd birthday. My wife & I are enjoying your regular updates and hope to cross paths with you when you eventually make it to Sydney. I’m a contemporary of Patsy Gaudry from high school days.

    Travel safely & well

    Michael McDonald

    Sent from my iPhone

  4. ed van der Hoorn says:

    Happy Birthday ! I’m glad you’re back!

  5. Pat Gaudry says:

    Hi Matthew,
    My birthday book has you down as having a birthday on March. 21. Have I been misinformed all these years or are your posts quite delayed?
    Take care on your travels and enjoy every day.
    Every good wish for birthdays and other days
    Pat Gaudry

    • Hi Pat. Yes, you’re right. My birthday is March 21, and my posts are delayed. I am building up a 3 month posting delay for various reasons including lack of internet access in the upcoming countries.
      Thanks for the best wishes and all the best for you and the whole family!

  6. John says:

    Hallo Matthew,
    Van harte proficiat and have a fine day.

  7. Jacqueline Ross says:

    Happy Birthday, Matthew!
    Good luck, Jacqueline

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