Wow – what a whirlwind the past few days has been. After the luxury of my warmshowers hosts I headed out of Bursa towards a forest town called Orhaneli – my decision was based solely on a green line alongside the road on the map which I assumed meant it was a scenic route. I … More Tea with the mayor – amongst other things!
It has been a while since I last posted anything here and you may have been forgiven for thinking I had hung up my walking boots and cycling gloves for a permanent return to the pub. You would, of course, be wrong! It is true that Istanbul has been occupying me for a couple of … More Back on the road
I could not have asked for a better trio to share my Pamir experience with, we laughed a lot, got into some very detailed conversations about our toilet habits and could solve most of our problems with a bakal of vodka or the advice to remember to ‘respire et boire’ (breathe and drink (water)). I … More Up on the roof of the world
I had a real sense of anticipation as the 4 of us headed away from the city. We could happily have spent much longer with Vero and Gab but the whole reason we were in Tajikistan at all was calling us. I had first heard about the Pamir Highway from some cyclists I met when … More The Gateway to the Pamirs
When I reached Istanbul I was pretty lost – after 11 months of walking and travelling and always waking-up somewhere new, it was always going to be a bit of a shock to the system to try and stay still for a bit. I had wishfully though that during my walk I would have some … More A pause in the city