A ride in Turkey

Three of us fly into Trabzon which is the most easterly airport on the Turkish Black Sea coast. We head West to Istanbul. To get some variety, after Sinop we go up to Kastamonu on the Anatolian plateau and then West to Safronbolu. Then down to Eregli, then to the Marmara and Istanbul. There is…

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A ride in Iran

We flew to Tehran and got the bus to Tabriz where the tour started. We rode through Ardabil reaching the Caspian Sea at Astara. We then mostly followed the coast as far as Sari then got the bus to Tehran and spent a few days touring in Tehran before flying out. Climbing east from Tabriz,…

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A ride in Rwanda

After decades of wanting to ride in Africa, VWR has made a start in Rwanda, home of the Congo-Nile Trail. The trail is mostly on the Congo side. If you just ride the trail you don’t cross the mountain that is the actual watershed. But over a few weeks, we ride all over the country,…

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A tour of Hokkaido, Japan

A tour of Hokkaido, the big island at the north of Japan. We land at Sapporo which is Chitose Airport and do a 1,050km clockwise loop, ending up back at the airport. We’d stashed the bike cartons there but alas they were discovered and so not there upon our return. Perhaps not surprising. This tour…

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A ride from Zurich airport to Romanshorn

A ride from Zurich airport to Romanshorn, the Swiss port on Bodensee where the ferry departs for the German side and Friedrichshafen where Eurobike is held. Being from Australia I instinctively use the roads, and the signs on the roads, to work out which way to go. But here there are no cyclists mixing it…

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A ride around Bodensee.

A ride around the Swiss and German sections of the Bodensee. There are ferries crossing the lake in different places allowing us to vary the route. The towns are loaded with postcard scenery. These signs mean nothing unless we have maps detailed enough to show tiny places. Switzerland is tremendous for bike touring. Lots of…

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A ride through Budapest, Romania and Transylvania

A loop ride out of Budapest heading SE then into Romania. Circling north around Transylvania and then west back to Budapest. We keep pulling over to admire the roof thatching. Floating bridges are probably common in history but this is the first one I have seen. Maybe they got sick of rebuilding a conventional bridge…

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A ride from Bangalore to Madurai

A ride from Bangalore to Madurai through Mysore, Coimbatore and Trichy. This is heartland South India. From Madurai we get the train back to Bangalore as there is no international airport at Madurai (in 2004) It is 2004 and bikes are THE way to get to work in rural India. Sadly, motor bikes are set…

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The Chhattisgarh ride, India

To get into Chhattisgarh we land in Hyderabad and ride up to Warangal on the first day. We then have to go SE for a day to get over the Godavari River. We stop in Konta, Malkangiri and Jeypore. Then in Dantowara, Basur and Jagdelpur. Heading north we arrive at a junction just west of…

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Kerala from Trivandrum to Calicut via Nilambur

A ride through Kerala from Trivandrum to Calicut via Nalambur. Trivandrum flower market. Pulling in the fish net. There were hundreds of kilos of fish in this one net. We are in the monsoon season. Not smart. Not again. Nov-March is best. Vikki about to enjoy a classic and delicious Keralan breakfast. They use a…

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