Day 86. 66km. Karabük – Araç

Posted: April 12, 2015 in Cycling, Turkey
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On this day 44 years ago, I appeared on this earth. Back then, my loving parents could not have imagined that I would be cycling from Holland to Australia, and would be celebrating this joyous anniversary by eating a birthday cheese with a New Zealander in the mountain village of Iğdir. But, so it has come to be.

My birthday cheese

My birthday cheese

My mother could have had an inkling that I would have gorged out on numerous cakes and chocolate bars before indulging in the birthday cheese.

Indulgence

Indulgence

The first day of my 45th year was spent eating a birthday breakfast with my Karabük friends, and drinking copious amounts of çay.

Çay

Çay

The sun made a brief appearance, and shone on the Unesco Historical Town of Safranbolu.

Safranbolu

Safranbolu

Safranbolu

Safranbolu

Safranbolu

Safranbolu

Then the clouds returned. Mood changes with the weather. Some days you feel on top of the world. Sometimes you just feel like curling up into a warm bed. Following a river up into the mountains, James and I both felt a bit unenthused. It was cloudy, cold, and the wind couldn’t make up its mind if it wanted to help us or hinder us. We pressed on – a birthday cheese helped us on our way. We ended up in a cheap hotel in the small town of Araç. The wood stove in the hotel corridor provided some warmth. The room is basic – there are two beds. My sleeping bag should do the trick in the linen department.

Wooden stove

Wooden stove

Hotel room

Hotel room

Comments
  1. I just stumbled upon your blog and guess what “Happy birthday” 🙂 Your journey looks amazing! The photos don’t show much it’s windy, cloudy and cold at all over there. I wish you a great cycling day tomorrow 🙂

  2. Driessen says:

    Happy Birthday 2U, courageous and inspiring young but not just young man!

  3. Elva Ellen Kowald says:

    Happy Birthday Matthew!!! Reading your posts is truly a highlight of the day!!! Love the photos! Hoping for good weather for you in the coming days!! Elva

  4. AndrewGills says:

    Happy birthday. Loving following your adventure

  5. Ward Ramaker says:

    Happy Birthday Matthew! Still follow your blog everyday:) Keep going:D

  6. Victoria says:

    Happy birthday Matthew!
    Have a dictionary question for you. Have you ever heard of the term ‘hubbard’ outside Aus? Meaning: a derisive term for a recreational cyclist (easily spotted by their unshaven legs and poor riding ability). In good use out here — just trying to determine whether global.

    • Hi Victoria. No. Never heard of the hubbard. I guess I am one though – no shaven legs. 🙂
      Actually, I’m not a cycler at all at the moment – resting for a week. Onwards soon. 🙂
      Say hi to everyone!

  7. Paul Montgomery says:

    Many Congratulations and Happy Birthday! Looking good!

  8. Carina Meurders says:

    Hallo Jarige Mathew Van harte proficiat met je verjaardag nog vele jaren en met heel veel goeds en geluk op je verdere trip. Ik vind het steeds bijzonder je reisverslagen te lezen en wat je allemaal meemaakt op deze trip. met hartelijke groetjes vanuit Schimmert Carina

  9. Many happy returns Matthew for the other day Thoroughly enjoying following the adventure. Still very inspirational stuff! All the best. Laurence

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