Riding to Turkey and the next day to Kasan, Turkey were 2 of the hardest days. Strong head wind both days. I had to show my passport 4 times to get through the border, plus a 15 euro “fee.”
THERE HAD TO BE 50 OR MORE TRUCKS LINED UP WAITING TO CROSS INTO GREECE.
It still amazes me, even after touring 10 countries, that no matter what, when you cross a border, everything changes, it’s like a “different planet.” I ride to Ipsala
I found this great (cheap) hotel. Private room, shared bathroom and good WIFI, $15.
I COOKED MY BREAKFAST IN THE ROOM AND HAD A GREAT “OFFICE” SET-UP.
I wanted to stay a couple days here. But first I had to investigate taking the bus to Istanbul (200km). No bus for 3 days. I had to ride to KESAN, more headwind, to catch a bus to Istanbul.
KESAN IS THE BACKGROUND IN FRONT OF THE MOUNTAINS.
The route is basically on the “highway”, yet there is a huge shoulder that provides safe bicycling. I ride into town to find a cheap hotel. I pass a place, looks too nice for me. I spend about 2 hours looking around, I’m back at the place I thought I couldn’t afford. What a great place, TASKIN OTEL, (not misspelled) was a great (lucky) choice.
I SOON DISCOVER THAT OTEL’S IN TURKEY INCLUDE A BUFFET BREAKFAST. AT NIGHT THERE ARE NO EMPTY SEATS.
The only restaurants I can find are the DONER KEBEBS. For Lunch and Dinner? I read the travel book and it talks about all the great food in Turkey. Armed with this information I head out on the bike looking for something to eat besides the Doner Kebeb.
OO7 ON THE TV AT MY SEAT.
The bus had a camera on the front of the bus and a channel on the TV so you could watch the road. The traffic was crazy, glad I was taking the bus in. The freeway traffic was nearly stopped I look out the window and see this guy trying to sell bananas, on the freeway! I get out of my seat to take the photo out the front bus window, but I glance at the bus cam
TOP OF A MOSQUE
I’m currently living in Istanbul for a month. The town is divided into the european side, asian side and Taskim. (maybe more?) I’m moving around and living in each part for a week. I’m in the Asian side now. The Hostel I’m staying at rents bikes and a local biker has volunteered to show me around by bike, AWESOME!
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NEXT. FIRST FEW DAYS IN ISTANBUL (before Natasa) and some Asian side stuff
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