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Going Rideabout


Getting out of my comfort zone in Turkey and eastern Europe

4,345 km (2,700 miles) over 104 days from May 25, 2012 to September 5, 2012

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Expedition touring bikes, Road bikes, 3-6 months, World
Locales: Asia, Europe, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sweden
Year: 2012

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/kent2012

Copyright © 2012-2014 By Kent Wenger - (contact)

Status: Completed Sep 2012
Last update: Friday November 29, 2013 07:49 (US/Pacific) (edited Mon 13 Jan 2014 12:10 (US/Pacific))
48,928 hits since April 17, 2012 (hitcounts updated nightly)
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Here's a better shot of a horse-drawn wagon. I've seen bunches of them here in Romania.


Table of Contents

Why?: My motivation for this journey
Where?: My planned route
Training 1: six days of riding this week
Thanks!
Trial run #1: First ride with panniers
Where, part 2: A map
What?, part 1: The bike
What?, part 2: The equipment
Trial run #2: Camping, and riding with a full load
Preparations: Still lots to do
On the way
On to Turkey: arrival in Izmir
Sigacik, Turkey: First day in Turkey
Sigacik, Turkey: Day 2 in Sigacik
Sigacik, Turkey: Preparing to hit the road for real
Sigacik to Ahmetbeyli, Turkey: the trip starts for real...
Ahmetbeyli to Kusadasi, Turkey: shopping for a saddle
Kusadasi, Turkey: Visiting Ephesus, swimming in the Aegean
Kusadasi to Priene, Turkey: Wow
Priene to Didim, Turkey
Didim to Akbuk to Didim: A relaxing day
Didim to Bodrum, Turkey: Mostly by ferry...
Bodrum, Turkey: Rest day
Bodrum, Turkey: A lazy day on a boat
Bodrum to Turgutreis to Bodrum, Turkey: Hills, hills, hills, hills, hills + hot
Bodrum to Oren, Turkey: A beautiful, hard, fantastic day of riding and friendship
Oren to Marmaris, Turkey: What a day!
Marmaris, Turkey
Marmaris to Dalyan, Turkey: Dual-mode transportation
Dalyan, Turkey: Another boat trip, plus earthquake news
Dalyan, Turkey: Preparations
Dalyan to Fethiye, Turkey: Hot!
Fethiye to Arpacik, Turkey: even hotter, plus harder climbs...
Arpacik to Cameli, Turkey: yay -- not as hot (but more climbing)
Cameli to Acipayam Turkey: mostly downhill!
Acipayam to Bademli to Acipayam: A recovery day
Acipayam to Denizli: Downhill again to the big city
Denizli, Turkey: Packing up the bike
Denizli, Turkey: Hierapolis and Pamukkale
Denizli to Istanbul, Turkey: overnight bus -- ugh
Istanbul, Turkey: Playing tourist
Istanbul, Turkey: Exploring the city
Istanbul, Turkey: chore day
Istanbul, Turkey: riding in Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey: Scouting routes and a change of plans
Istanbul, Turkey: Playing tourist again
Istanbul to Ormanli, Turkey: Istanbul route info
Ormali to Saray, Turkey: A long day
Saray to Pinarhisar, Turkey: Taking it easier
Pinarhisar to Kirklareli, Turkey: Great riding, poor navigation
Kirklareli, Turkey to Malko Tarnovo, Bulgaria: Into Bulgaria!
Malko Tarnovo to Burgas, Bulgaria: A really nice ride
Burgas to Sunny Beach, Bulgaria: hassles today
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria: Sheesh -- too touristy
Sunny Beach to Varna, Bulgaria: Meeting lots of people
Varna, Bulgaria: Wow! Christopher Froome!
Varna, Bulgaria: Exploring Varna
Varna to Dobrich, Bulgaria: Away from the coast
Dobrich to Silistra, Bulgaria: A good ride, a very friendly Bulgarian, free food, and route information
Silistra to Tutrakan, Bulgaria: More work than I expected
Tutrakan, Bulgaria to Giurgui, Romania: Go Speed Racer, go!
Giurgiu, Romania
Giurgiu to Zimnicea, Romania: A very low-stress ride
Zimnicea to Turnu Magurele, Romania: Another low-stress day
Turnu Magurele to Corabia, Romania: An easy day
Corabia, Romania: R&R day
Corabia to Bechet, Romania: Another easy day
Bechet to Calafat, Romania: Long and hot
Calafat, Romania to Negotin, Serbia: Three countries in one day; putting my climbing legs back on; and rain!
Negotin, Serbia: Meeting other cycle tourists
Negotin to Novi Sip, Serbia: Lots of rain
Novi Sip to Donji Milanovac, Serbia: About as good as it gets...
Donji Milanovac to Golubac, Serbia: 500 meters above the Danube
Golubac to Stara Palanka, Serbia
Stara Palanka to Pancevo, Serbia
Pancevo to Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade, Serbia: riding in the city
Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade to Ruma, Serbia
Ruma to Sid, Serbia
Sid, Serbia to Dakovo, Croatia: Country number five, and no f***ing internet again
Dakovo to Pozega, Croatia: Almost like home (only better)
Pozega, Croatia: The end is in sight
Pozega to Daruvar, Croatia: Shadows of war
Daruvar to Krizevci, Croatia: Navigational issues
Krizevci to Varazdin, Croatia
Varazdin, Croatia to Ptuj, Slovenia
Ptuj (and Ptujska Gora and Rogaska Slatina), Slovenia
Ptuj to Celje, Slovenia: A really nice day
Celje to Ljubljana, Slovenia: A pretty long day
Ljubljana, Slovenia: A rest day in a beautiful city
Ljubljana to Bled, Slovenia
Bled to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia: A day in paradise
Kranjska Gora, Slovenia: Trying freeriding
Kranjska Gora to Bovec, Slovenia (with a tiny bit of Austria): Vrsic and the Soca River valley
Bovec to Tolmin, Slovenia: Soca River valley
Tolmin to Postojna, Slovenia: An unexpectedly hard day
Postojna, Slovenia: Cave exploration and a new chain
Postojna, Slovenia to Trsce, Croatia: Lots of climbing, and back to Croatia
Trsce to Malinksa, Croatia: Lots of climbing, even though it's downhill overall
Malinksa, Croatia
Malinksa to island of Rab, Croatia
Island of Rab, Croatia
Island of Rab to Novalja, Croatia: Rain gods' revenge
Novalje to Posedarje, Croatia: Lots of wind, but no rain
Posedarje to Knin, Croatia
Knin, Croatia to Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina: An unplanned marathon
Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Rest day
Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina to Split, Croatia
Split, Croatia
Split, Croatia
Split, Croatia
Split, Croatia to Stockholm, Sweden: On the way home
Stockholm, Sweden to Madison, USA: Home!
Final map


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