Istanbul is a city with many faces, both European and Asian. The city is boiling, but at the same time it is very exciting to experience.

Istanbul is a city with many faces, both European and Asian. The city is boiling, but at the same time it is very exciting to experience.
While I’m waiting to get on a tour operator who can give me a LOI, I’m a little involved with Bernd, his daughter and Pablo.

Close using Pablo’s contact, I can log in to PersianKey2.com and make my application. ’
Any day later I have an answer and a link where I will pay 33. The transfer works and I get an answer that within 10 working days I can get my visa in Erzurum.

On June 29, it’s time to head east to Erzurum and then Iran. Bernd has another route and is going to cycle to Georgia so we get down to the ferry.

It’s a bit kind of divorce from Bernd who is a nice mate, but he’s still there. I’ll visit him iVillach when I’m on my way home.

The bike ride through and out of Istanbul was pure hell. The traffic is lively and sometimes quite crazy. Had two incidents that could have ended badly.

After 42 km the hell gets a bit easier and my heart rate goes down to just over 120 !!. The tent site today in a park about 75 km east of Istanbul and I was also questioned by two civilian police about why I’m just camping in this park.
They were nice and most curious and asked some questions about where I came from and where I was going.

 

The Turks are curious and most are very nice. Will often be invited to Turkish tea. The roads in Turkiewt are really good, compared to cycling against Bulgaria, it’s like cycling on a flat floor.

During the cycling against Erzurum, I have contact with Bernd, both by phone and email, and he is tough with all the mountains on the Georgian border, and I intend to change the route to Samsun, where I will ride.

Sakarya Youth

The girl Hedeye, Guy no 1, Samet and Yasuf at Ömer Usta café

The guy on my bike, his name is Bike!!