Posts Tagged ‘Yalova’


Cycling through the mountains today I suddenly realised – we are cycling across the world. We are on our way across some of the most amazing parts of the planet. Now away from the bustle of Istanbul, we breathed a sigh of relief cycling through little Turkish villages to our very welcoming warm showers host on Lake Iznik.

Small village on the way to Lake Iznik

Small village on the way to Lake Iznik

The mind is willing but the body is weak. Three months of break means those legs are not as strong as they were. We left the main road from Yalova and hit the slopes. Up to 550m, passing some rubbish avalanches

Rubbish avalanche

Rubbish avalanche

and through some lovely mountain villages.

Mountain village

Mountain village

Mountain village

Mountain village

A calorific lunch at Lake Iznik before pressing on to Iznik town.

Picnic on Lake Iznik

Picnic on Lake Iznik

Our warm shower hosts Soner and Inci are amazing, having cycled all around Europe with their 2 year old boy and written two books. After a delicious meal we pondered our upcoming route to the Black Sea. Our route going forward becomes more hilly. Those legs had better get into shape quickly. The mind wants it that way!

Me and James with Soner and Inci

Me and James with Soner and Inci



After three months of winter break in Australia and Taiwan, departure from Istanbul has been imminent.. for over a week. Waiting for James’ frame to pass customs, we have been poised for departure every day. Goodbye the new Green Pedals Istanbul schools. Goodbye my wonderful warm showers host Dinçer. Goodbye Istanbul. And… Hello wide world. The second leg of the bike trip begins!

Farewell to Dinçer and Can

Farewell to Dinçer and Can

James and I descended on Istanbul last week, ready for the continuation of our adventure. Unlike James, his bike was not ready for departure, waiting on an essential new part (a new frame) to be cleared through customs. Today a week of waiting and of imminent departures has come to an end. Straight from the bike shop, we pedalled along the Sea of Marmara coast to Pendik, and caught the ferry out of Istanbul to Yalova.

Farewell at Bisiklet Gezgini bike shop in Istanbul

Farewell at Bisiklet Gezgini bike shop in Istanbul

Thank you Dinçer for your amazing hospitality! It has been great staying with you. All the best with your ultra marathon – 200km in the alps – wow!

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