The journey to Ankara

Leaving Istanbul was a pretty easy affair. A 10 mile cycle along the waters edge led us to a ferry port where we caught a boat. This took us to a small town called Yalova and straight onto a quieter route towards Ankara (500km away).

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Boarding the ferry, a mere £3 for a 1 hour trip.

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The road out of the town was over 1 big hill then down beside a lake. We carried on until the light faded and camped in a olive tree field.

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The next day the sun came out in full force, a healthy 35 degrees celcius. The roads were good quality and very quiet most of the time.

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We wound around a lot of small mountain passes, giving us delightful views and really fun downhill races!

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Barry cruising on one of the long downhill stretches.

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Barry got his first puncture of the entire trip from London one morning. The shard of glass had gone through his tyre and inside the inner tube!
Being a bicycle courier as a profession it was a quick repair turnaround before setting off again.

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Turkey has already made a big impression on us. Its beautiful, colourful and incredibly vast.

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It has been hard to cycle longer than 30minutes before stopping to take more photos.

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This was a photo I wanted to capture, its the first pass and probably the smallest we will cross over that is measured. Upon riding in central Asia our altitude will hit 4500+ metres.

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Every few hours upon topping another hill we were rewarded with a nice outlook to rest at.

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Camping spots presented themselves in abundance but this particular spot was too early on in the day.

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Berry’s second puncture was due to a few miniscule glass shards from the first puncture that had penetrated through the inside of the tube causing a slow deflation. This time the inner tube was replaced. Whilst he got on with business, I brewed up some coffee!

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Our camping spot another night was beside the road, however no drivers seemed to mind. Usually just waving and honking their horns.

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The sunset provided a lovely backdrop for when we ate our dinner.

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The final ride was along dual carriageways. However as you can see it was basically empty and we had a very generous shoulder to cycle in.

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Upon reaching Ankara we treated ourselves to a proper kebab.
We’ve spent a week here as that is how long it takes to obtain a Kazakstan visa!

So now we have 2 visas (Tajikistan & Kazakstan), we have 2 more to go (Azerbaijan & Uzbekistan) but we can obtain these whilst moving.

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We now head down to the region of Cappadocia. A really popular area and a must see attraction. Hoping to also take a sunrise balloon ride too!

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