Ben Around the World Diary – Day 50 – 24th September 2018

Ben Around the World Diary – Day 50 – 24th September 2018

  • ODO 5877km
  • Location Lake Cisor
  • Weather 11-24

Today I’ve felt very down on Turkey and Kurds. After the stone throwing incident yesterday – this morning a young man shoots a cap gun out of the window as they pass. I’m so used to this now. Kids shout as I pass but I keep headphones in and pedal faster. Only with the older men do I stop and engage.

The day was a real day of climbing. From 800m the lunchtime before up to a lake just 50km from the boarder. Here I came across a tremendous campsite. Trees on the bank of a lake. The rest of the scenery is sparse. It takes me a minute to decide what to do. I was in a real zone cycling. At the same time I don’t want to camp near the militarised border. Making the decision to stop early I feel a rush of happiness. Quickly I undressed and jump in the lake. It’s freezing! I’m out within 30 seconds and drying in the pavilion next to my tent and bike. I have about three days to get to Tbilisi so some time to rest and catchup on reading is welcome. I’m looking forward to being out of Turkey. I’m looking forward to a break from the bike. But this campsite is a real boon. Time to put dinner on I think.


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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