Category Archives: Europe

Avanos to Trabzon



I have to admit I don’t make a very good patient; Or more accurately a very patient patient. Injuries are just so inconvenient when there are so many things to do. Last year I broke my wrist and instead of being sensible and taking some time to recover I went out running in the woods … Continue reading Avanos to Trabzon

Aksaray to Avanos



You may be surprised to hear that I believe in fairies. For a start there’s the P*nct*re Fairy, a spiteful little creature who takes great delight in deflating tyres at the most inconvenient time and is easily summoned just by mentioning the P word a few times. A good friend of hers is the Adventure … Continue reading Aksaray to Avanos

Istanbul to Aksaray



Leaving Istanbul by ferry is much more civilised than taking our chances on the roads again. Apart from the 7:30am sailing time that is. Once across the sea of Marmara we arrive in the small town of Mudanya and our wheels touch down on Asian soil at last. The route up through Bursa isn’t quite … Continue reading Istanbul to Aksaray

Escape from Istanbul



According to the news reports, last week saw the heaviest snowfall in Istanbul since 1987. So much for letting winter pass on Paros and missing the bad weather. But there are worse places to be stuck. The snow did eventually stop and by Thursday afternoon the roads seemed to be clear enough to risk trying … Continue reading Escape from Istanbul

Thessaloniki to Istanbul



There are some cycling records that are truly remarkable feats of human endurance. The round the year award which is to cover as much distance as possible over the course of a 12 month period is probably the most impressive. The current record was set by Tommy Goodwın in 1938 when he rode a staggering 75,065 miles … Continue reading Thessaloniki to Istanbul

Paros to Thessaloniki – Back on the road



Things had changed while we were on Paros and I don’t just mean the tyres on the bike. Greece now has a brand new government and many people are half joking about the possible return of the Drachma to replace the unpopular Euro. It’s impossible to speak to anyone here for more than 5 minutes … Continue reading Paros to Thessaloniki – Back on the road

Weeks 2 and 3 on Paros



At around 11 o’clock each morning we hear the jingle jangle of goat bells on the hills above the garden. The goat herder spends all day walking them round the valley while they eat everything in their path so the trick is to not walk them over the same route until the scrub has had … Continue reading Weeks 2 and 3 on Paros