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15 days of cycling through Turkey- part 3

Sep
23

Day 8
I rode that day all the way to Girsum.  Around midday I was looking for a spot to swim which I met 3 Iranian motor bike riders and we had lunch together.
That day I was looking for a rocky place to camp. Just after Girsum I found it and I camped there, where I could swim between rocks in the morning

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15 days of cycling through Turkey- part 2

Sep
10

Day 2

I haven’t had a long stop in Igdir as I should consider the time, language barrier and I was full of energy and so excited to be on the road again.
I wanted to be out in the nature, to camp, to sleep under starry sky and listen to the nature. I was so impatient.
I left Fatma’s parents and said goodbye to them on the street. I was there on my bike and I was feeling the real journey has begun.
A very hot day while I had to climb a long hill under the heat. Temperature was around 45 C and I was burning!! I had to drink too much water just to provide enough water to my body.
I could have rest for some time and climb that hill in a better weather but I did it in the hottest time of the day at 14:00 pm. The reason I did it because I was in Iran for a long time and I needed to get back to the normal condition of mental ability. Living at home and within people bring lots of fear because people transfer all their fears to you and I needed to wash my soul,

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I am on the road again

Aug
26

It was already 6 months after I returned home from S Korea to do my peace ride project with Rick. I kept traveling through Iran after Rick left Iran till I came to a point which I found myself quite busy with friends and people on my way.
So I decided to stop cycling in Iran and spend some time on my own, basically training to get ready for the next part of my journey.
3 months later I was totally impatient and I could stay any longer in Iran. I needed to move and to be on the road again.
I had already my visa but I didn’t have enough money to afford flight to any destination to Europe. It is high season and flights are quite expensive, so after searching a lot I found a flight from Istanbul to Milan which was quite cheap but I had to wait 28 days for that flight.
I had no choice, either to wait to see if

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Planting tree in Marmara university for Jasminka

Feb
10

 

When I came to Istanbul I was trying to find some people through warmshower to talk, chat, organizing tree planting and sharing our cycling experiences.
I send some emails and I got 2 positive replies from two cyclists.
Abdullah Pekel who is teaching in Marmara university of Istanbul was one of them, but the university was close for a week

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Released at October 19
I am in Ultricht now, in Netherlands. this is the last station in my journey this time and will fly out to Iran quite soon. 
It has been only less than 3 months but quite fruitfull journey and I got so many nice feedbbacks for the association. Today I met an Iranian who makes bicycle in Netherlands and it was very nice to see him making really nice bikes. Also another surprise was meeting Arjen ( my Dutch friend ) after 10 years, since we met in Nepal while I was trekking  to Annapurna BC .