Ben Around the World Diary – Day 28 – 12th August 2018

Ben Around the World Diary – Day 28 – 12th August 2018

  • ODO 3443km
  • Location Mine south of Bursa
  • Weather 26-36 Clear

Istanbul was moody and hot as I left the hostel at 6:45am. Low grey cloud hung over the fishing district. Deciding to rain before changing its mind and blowing out over the Bosporus. The ferry was supposed to leave at 7:30am so I arrived ready to go through the silent streets of Istanbul on a Sunday. I found out looking at the board that the boat crew get an hours extra sleep on Sunday so I was left sitting by the water enjoying a shaft of light picking out an old steamer heading out to sea. A Spanish couple and Japanese retiree approached me to find out about my trip before I returned to the dock to get the ferry.

Turkey is a very militaristic country – for good measure with some of their neighbours. The process of boarding the boat needed the extra hour. My back panniers – attached permanently with cable ties were a particular issue and required a hand search by a scowling security officer. After repacking all my bags I boarded and found my assigned seat before getting up, grabbing a pastry and heading into another that had a view out of the front. The ferry was entirely enclosed so I filled my journey with some Tim Ferris videos before looking up to see the mountains of western Turkey fully emerge from below the horizon.

 

I rolled off the boat and hit the mountains straight away. Starting this late meant my climbs were in full 35 degree heat and I was trying a long sleeve shirt for the first time – to protect my arms – which turned out to be a little too hot for comfort and I rolled my sleeves up – defeating the point.

 

For lunch I stopped by a reservoir and had my bread and cheese. It went down well and I settled in to read a chapter of Infinite Jest just as that earlier pastry worked its way though.

For the rest of the day I climbed slowly, stopping to duck behind trees or into cafes and mosque toilets at regular intervals. Stocking up on water for the extra dehydration to come. At the same time a solid red saddle sore made itself known on my right cheek. A day for two firsts.

Luckily some nice locals stopped on their way past at lunch and gave me some flat bread – still warm from the oven – to ease my stomach.

As I rode out and up the villages got poorer and I camped out early by a large open cast mine. I stopped early to get rest for the next day and to let my stomach recover. My campsite was terrible. On open farmland a car and tractor came past as I was camping and someone was shooting in the fields below as I sat and wrote my diary of the day.

Ben

Hi, my names Ben and I’m traveling around the world with my bike, my paraglider and my laptop. Along the way I’m sharing the highs and lows of the life on the road. And my picks of the best places to bikepack, enjoy freeflight and work as a digital nomad. Each week I share a new video update, city guide or live streams with other adventurers I’ve met along the way.
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