You can’t go any further west than this, unless you start swimming. 6,355km after departing from Istanbul, on the 130th day, I have finally finished my bike trip. Feeling amazing today. Feeling unstoppable. For the past half a year I’ve made my life into a high-speed adventure, and it won’t stop here!
Another frustrating flat tire, but I made some new friends when a group of bikers saw me and stopped to help!
As I was trying to find the border control to pass from Turkey into Greece after leaving Edirne, a Turkish soldier warned me not to get too close to him…
After finally making it out of the outer limits of the city of Istanbul, I was just about to stop in the town of Silivri for some food & rest, when I got a flat tire. Drivers may be mean and every country claims to have the worst drivers, but you gotta learn to trust the traffic behind you, or else you end up taking a forced lunch break like I did!
There are many bikes out there, but this one is mine… and I love it! I’m riding on a single-speed 2008 Jamis Sputnik track bike. This isn’t the type of bike anyone would recommend anyone to use for a bike trip across Europe, or any other continent for that matter. So what, I’m doing it.
CouchSurfing, duh! This is the single most important aspect of my entire trip. Couchsurfing serves up inspiration, friends, hosts, surfers, fellow travelers, insight, experiences, amongst many other great virtues. It has totally changed my life for the better, ever since I joined 5 years ago, and it keeps driving me forward full steam ahead!