It was time to catch a break from the relentless headwind along the Black Sea coast. Having turned inland, the steady gradients sent us into the clouds, into a patch of the worst visibility of the trip. We've had our fair share of fog to date, but this was getting dangerous, as vehicles had only 10m to react to seeing the tail end Charlie. We arrived in what seemed to be a ghost town of sorts, and tried for the mosque as the temperature had plummeted since leaving the coast. We were denied entry due to the 'fasting prayer' and after trying to ask if we could lay our mats out in an empty, dry restaurant we were told 'no'. Offers to take us back to the coast were made, but we had no intention of going backwards again, and eventually sussed this campsite as the cloud blew through. It was a cold and damp evening, but the shelter beneath this little hut made for a great communal zone, and an overnight wind blew away the developing frost and improved visibility tenfold. Sadly that wind became a gale, and blew directly into our face for the whole 120kms and 2,400m vertical that we had to get us to Tokat. Turkey is making us work for that European summer!
Turun 87. Gunu; Holgar ile yolculuğumun ilk günü.
Ben de şaşkınım ne olduğu konusunda. Cok gaz başlamıştım halbuki kendimi çok güçlü ve zinde hissediyordum. Taki bütün gün boyunca pedal çevirip, bisikleti itip, 2 dere , bilmemkaç dağ/ tepe geçip sonrasında sadece ve sadece 31 km gittiğimizi öğrenene kadar.
Bu süreçte ne mi yaptım.
İlk başlarda kolaydı ıslık çaldım, zorlaştıkça Holgar'a kızdım , daha da zorlaştı bisiketi yere attım, daha da zorlaştı yaptığım yolculuğu sorguladım, küfür ettim hayata. En sonunda baktım ki kendime kızıyorum... İşte o gün bir şey daha öğrendim:
Holgar ile yolculuk etmek bir maceradır !! 📸 @kozmopolit_by_bike *****-----*****----****----*****-----****
87 th day of my journey; The first day of my trip with Holger.
I am also confused about what it is. I started with an ambisious way, I was feeling very strong.. We have pedalled all day, push the bike, go through 2 rivers, several mountains / hill and went only 31 km afterwards.
What I have done in this process?
I whistle at first, I got angry a Holgar as I got tough, I got tougher and harder, I even questioned the journey that I made, I swore I swore. Finally I look at myself, I was angry ... Here I learned something else that day:
Traveling with Holgar is an adventure !! 📸 @kozmopolit_by_bike
87 ° día de mi viaje; El primer día de mi viaje con Holger.
También estoy confundido acerca de lo que es. Empecé de manera ambiosa, me sentía muy fuerte. Hemos pedaleado todo el día, empujamos la bicicleta, atravesamos 2 ríos, varias montañas / colinas y fuimos solo 31 km después. 😯 ¿Qué he hecho en este proceso?
Primero silbo, me enojé con Holgar cuando me puse duro, fui más duro y más duro, incluso cuestioné el viaje que hice, juré que juraría. Finalmente me miro, estaba enojado ... Aquí aprendí algo más ese día: ¡Viajar con Holgar es una aventura! 📸 @kozmopolit_by_bike
Day 80 (Chile)
Thursday March 22, 2018
Paposa (3+ miles south) to Pan de Azucar
Didn't start bicycling until 9.45am this morning...I guess I got some good sleep, and caught up on some I missed in Antofagasta.
I didn't make the town of Taltal until 12pm, which I was hoping to make sometime this morning. In Taltal, I found a "grocery store", bought potato chips, strawberry spread, loaf of bread, cookies, chocolate marshmallows, and 7 bottles of liquid to make the 90+ miles to Chanaral. I purchased supplies like I would be spending another night sleeping in the desert.
I left Taltal just after 1pm, for the gentle 17+ mile climb back to Route 5, and back into the Atacama desert (considered the driest desert in the world, possibly the oldest) the wind was blowing onshore, so I had a little help on the climb, which just made it a sweaty climb.
I didn't reach Route 5 until 3pm. There are a couple of restaurants (3), and that's it as far as resupply goes until Chanaral (70+ miles away from this point). I decided to carry my supplies out of Taltal thinking I would have better selection of sizes and varieties. The restaurants look a little rough on the outside, but had trucks stopped...and can be a lifesaver.
The crosswind eventually became a headwind, but I knew I was not making town today, so it didn't bother me too much. People have been honking and waving today, which has not been the norm here in Chile.
I decided to bicycle through Parque Nacional Pan de Azúcar since I didn't think I would make Chanaral in the light. Since I am going to camp, why not camp in the national park?
The first part of the national park road is paved, so I hoped that most of the 30+ miles through the park would be paved as well. The pavement shows a lot of industrial truck uses, with lots of holes, but the road was ridable. There was a flood in 2015... For more photos, and the rest of Today's Journal, visit facebook.com/purebound
My last night in Laos was as golden as temple stupas scattered across its rolling, rich hills. Two travelers and I decided to camp in one of the structures standing alone in the rice paddy fields. We unloaded our bikes, carried the bags the bike and ourselves across narrow slippery slopes and set up our little home in the lonely wooden shack. We ate a complete mix of foods— sticky rice, tomatoes, mushrooms, spring rolls and silk worm pupae. As the night became heavy, fireflies danced around us and questions flew between us. I really couldn’t help but smile at life happening all around me. The three of us slept side by side like kids at a slumber party and fell asleep to the sound of water making its way between the paddies, and frogs singing songs that we once knew but have long forgotten. What a way to end an incredible ride through northern Laos. And now, hellllloooo China! Let’s see what stories you have in store.
Day 79 (Chile)
Wednesday March 21, 2018
Antofagasta to Paposa (3+ miles south)
Didn't quite accomplish what I had hoped for today. I wanted to leave Antofagasta by 7am...I didn't leave until 9am.
So I could have waited around another hour for the bike shops to open, but I decided to pedal away hoping two tubes and patches (patches that probably will not work) will get me to a town with another bicycle shop.
It's a 12+ mile hill out of Antofagasta back to Route 5 (highway) and back into the desert. The bicycle felt heavy to me this morning. I carried out about 6+ liters (Pepsi, Gatorade, Crush, water, fruit juice) and toted the drinks the 12+ miles up the hill instead of taking advantage of the gas stations at the turn on to Route 5 (I didn't know their supply, or if they still existed). Once I passed the gas stations at the turn, I said goodbye to drinks and food for the foreseeable future.
From here the desert is very present as you pedal away, you can see for miles in front of you, and it's just completely barren. The wind was on my team all morning, which made for easy miles, and hot sweaty work, it's been a while since I been this sweaty.
I didn't stop for lunch until after 70+ miles, and after 3pm. I knew if I didn't stop soon, I would be in to dinner time after the next climb. After 2pm, the wind became a pretty strong crosswind. As I sat with my back to the wind eating, I couldn't keep the water bottles from being blown over.
Today's ride mostly felt like a climb. Not long after you turn on to Route 5, it's a gradual hill for most of the day. Sometimes you drop into a bowl of mountains to climb back out.
Where I stopped for lunch, I was only a few miles from the European Telescopes (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Very_Large_Telescope), so I killed another hour of today's ride climbing a mountain (Cerro Paranal, 11 miles round-trip) to go see the telescopes... More photos, and the rest of Today's Journal, visit facebook.com/purebound
Number 19 on our list of 180 things to do in Syracuse, NY - Erie Canal Walk - A “must do” destination for a short walk or long distance trail blazers... check it out! ☺️😎 ➡️ To get more info visit this website:
https://www.ptny.org/cycle-the-erie-canal/trail-map 👉 Follow @bestinsyracuseny to continue our journey of the top places you must visit in Syracuse, NY!
I’ve traveled and explored for years now and I’ve grown as a person and matured in my own way but this feeling of achievement was the pinnacle of my success road I’m heading down. This is mid summer in Switzerland weighing 10 stone with minimal water and energy but refusing to give up knowing that no matter what life throws at you someone is always worse off than you and hasn’t got the luxury’s I’m suffering at this precise moment. The things I’ve seen and achieved in life are only someone else’s dreams. Be humble and achieve all you can. You get one life so live It. It is what it is. #onemanonebike#dreams#life#views#switzerland#proud#achievement#bicycle#touring#bicycletouring#bike#europe
Most of the time it feels like a dream. Did we really do it? Did we actually cycle from Sweden to Singapore? Did we camp over 200 nights? Did we survive on noodles, snickers and biscuits for weeks sometimes? Did we face each other every day for a year? Did we meet all this amazing people in each country, helping us when we had troubles, offered us food or somewhere to sleep. Right now, in the cosy sofa at home I can’t stop smiling. Oh yes! We had the most fantastic year! ❤️🤩😂🥂 If someone feels for a cycle adventure and have some questions, please contact us! Also, if you want to do a shorter trip and need to borrow some equipments, don’t hesitate to ask!
These pictures are from Tajikistan where we cycled in August 2017.
Беспощадная Аргентинская пустыня. Забуришся на ночлег в кусты, а наутро пять проколов на четыре колеса. Причём не от кактусов, которые можно обойти за километр, а от неприметной стелющейся травки. @lerabanda в качестве спичечного коробка. #bicycletouring#cactus