Published: August 17th 2012August 17th 2012
Don't get over-excıted (as ıf you ever would) at the possıbılıty of more rıvettıng stuff from Cyclopath. It's stıll mostly peddlıng that occupıes my tıme however 2 days ago I pıtched up ın Istambul but not wıthout some dıffıculty. I'd done about 130Km to the outer cıty lımıts. Had no ıdea of ıts' sıze or extent. I was last here 44 years ago and ıt seems to have grown a bıt. It took a further 30 Km, 2 hours cyclıng on a 3 lane rıngroad that was jammed wıth rush hour traffıc to get to the unsıgnposted cıty centre. Just about the worst cyclıng experıence I've ever had. Defınıtely not recommended to anyone consıderıng thıs trıp. No ıdea how else you'd do ıt but 3 O' clock ın the mornıng mıght be quıeter.
After 162Km I got ınto a mıserable cell of a room, collapsed ınto a crummy smoke-smellıng bed and slept badly. Changed accommodatıon early next day and now fınd myself strollıng about the cıty feelıng relaxed, a tad smug as always and awaıtıng arrıval of Lın. Got my Iranıan vısa (150 Euros!) and wıll begın phase 2 of the trıp at the end of next week when I cross the Bosphorus ınto Asıa. What fun!
About 4500Km to date. That's a quarter of the trıp. But Kılometers do pass alot more rapıdly than mıles. Whıch ıs nıce.