Ben Around the World Diary – Day 47 – 20th September 2018

Ben Around the World Diary – Day 47 – 20th September 2018

  • ODO 5488km
  • Location Karabakac – just over the pass
  • Weather 7-25

Up at 5am before sunset. On the road with the overnight lorry drivers and nobody else. Seeing the sunrise. The earth turning imperceptibly yet methodically like my wheel. It’s a real surprise to see someone coming the other way with a loaded bike. Today I passed three separate riders. Each time waving across the highway divide. As the maze of Europes roads funnel into the highway of Turkey. I’m one of many riders traveling the transcontinental routes.

Today at lunch I stopped on a shady side road. As I unpacked my sandwich materials a small boy came running towards me. He couldn’t have been older than 8. Him and his brother were sole in charge of about 20 bulls. I gave him a cake and tried some sign language as I ate my sandwich. I was just totally fascinating to him. A creature from another planet. As I lay down to sleep he collected his brother who by his movement brought the herd. No sleep for me then. His amazed face looking up at me will stick with me for ever.


Ben Bowler is the Co-Founder of Chew, the live streaming community that connects a new generation of DJs, producers and personalities. Having built his career in music and media companies AEI Media and Vice, he noticed young fans today are no longer passive consumers but content creators as well. Launching Chew in January 2015 the community has exploded internationally in the first year and Ben has received press and industry notice, being awarded the IMS Visionaries award last year. Ben continues to build and expand Chew internationally throughout 2016.
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