Isparta-Istanbul Bike Tour (1505 km)

aytu_14

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Turkey
Hello, I will share the article of a tour I did in 2017 with you every day. I wrote a little long article. I will share it in the next 20-25 days. I translated my writing into English. I hope I succeeded.

HOW STARTED?

I studied high school in Gökçeada Teacher Training High School in a boarding school. As someone who grew up in Istanbul until my high school education, I can say that I never knew the appearance of the stars, that indescribable fragrance that comes with the wind blowing in the spring. It was not difficult to imagine being in nature when you feel these in Gökçeada and smell the appearance of concrete and exhaust fumes in Istanbul during vacation times. I had an intense desire to travel back then. I was excited by the thought of sleeping in tents in parks, on beaches like a hopper. I wanted to be in nature, to feel the wind and the sun, to smell the sea and the forest, to sleep by seeing the night stars and the moon. These were the things that really made me feel alive.

When I was dreaming of traveling, I never thought of getting on a private vehicle or bus. I thought I would do it with hitchhiking. I could only do this at university. I was already hitchhiking in the last year of high school. The pleasure I get from conversations with people I don't know brought me closer to this job. As time progressed, for some reason, suitable conditions did not occur and I could not start. I wanted to do it with a couple of friends, I thought it would be boring to do this thing alone. But I couldn't find a friend to make this happen. I could not even convince the 10-15 day tour for a 1-2 day tour, let alone. Maybe I was using this situation as an excuse because I couldn't find the courage to start, who knows…

At the end of my third year at university, I wanted to start this travel dream alone. And this was a sudden decision. One night I fell asleep thinking why I didn't do this, and when I woke up in the morning, I decided to hitchhike from Isparta to Istanbul in a week, traveling over the Aegean and I did it.

I took the first big step by doing this. Although I really enjoyed my hitchhiking tour, something was missing. Something was missing that I could not name.

Why Bicycle?
Like everyone else, I met bicycles at a young age. Of course, I'm not talking about that childhood acquaintance, but why I decided to ride a bike.

To be honest, it did not cross my mind that I could ride my bike until July 2016. I was in Manisa in 2012 - my first year at the university. Although the distance was short, the bus to the university from where we were sitting was traveling a lot. And the bus was expensive too. So I said to myself: “Let me take a bike! I will go to school in a short time and avoid giving money to the bus. " I already bought a small amount of money for the bike in 1-1.5 months. It was the only reason I bought the bike. I brought this bike I bought to Isparta. I only used it for transportation and sports until it was stolen.

In June 2016, I bought a new bicycle for transportation and sports. But this time he wouldn't stay there. I knew from the first moment I started driving this. I started driving first in Istanbul and then in Isparta. In September 2016, the idea of doing long tours started flashing in my mind. I dreamed of coming from Isparta to Istanbul by following the coastline. As of November 2016, I started to buy the materials I needed. In the meantime, I tried to get an idea by reading the writings of people who have toured. Everything happened step by step. I completed the equipment I would use on my bike in 9 months by purchasing 1 or 2 materials each month. Already in my daily life, I started using my bike while going to school. I was physically preparing that way. Then I tried it myself with slightly longer distances. I went on a 3-day tour in Isparta. I went to Eğirdir, Burdur daily. I started to believe that I could really make this work with these tours. The point where I completely believed in this work was the tour I realized from Isparta to Burdur Salda Lake. It was 100 km apart. All my equipment was complete on the Salda Lake tour. And on the way, there were almost difficulties that I could encounter on my Isparta-Istanbul tour. Traffic, roadworks, undivided roads, mountain road, dirt road, steep slopes, strong winds blowing directly from the front, etc. Although I struggled a little, I completed the Salda tour and I was almost completely ready now. I say almost because in my head, albeit very small, I might not have the courage to set out. In order to reduce this fear even more and make it a more driving force for myself, I shared the route I drafted on Instagram as soon as I set my tour date and announced that I would start this event with my friends and community.

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As the journey continued, I made changes to the plan I drew.
"How did I get started on this journey?" If I collect the answer to the question; I wanted to travel for a long time. And I wanted to use the bike as a means of transportation. In fact, I would have understood better throughout the tour that the bicycle was not only my means of transportation, but also my companion I was looking for but could not find.

I came home from my last exam on 10.08.2017. After sleeping a little, I got up and prepared my equipment. I said goodbye to my housemates and turned my first pedal on 11.08.2017 at 05:10 in the morning.

View: https://www.instagram.com/p/BXoxl7kAwC_/
 
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Excellent!^_^
Well done! I'm about as excited as you seemed to be! Can't wait for tomorrow!

I'm curious. Where did you read about other people's travels? Is there a Turkish CrazyGuyOnABike?^_^

There are some really important lessons in there for any prospective bike tourists;
Don't wait for others, get out there with whatever you have and build up confidence, skills and experience. And kick the fear to touch.

Thank you and really looking forward to the rest.
 
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aytu_14

aytu_14

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Turkey
Thank you so much :rolleyes:

There are a few relatively famous is touring cyclists in Turkey. One of them is Gürkan Genç. It has its own website. I read the articles he wrote there. There is also Hasan Söylemez. He did a bike tour without money in Turkey. In the last few years, he has been traveling around Africa and making documentaries. You can find it on Youtube. Their have articles, video's subtitles in English language.
While I was thinking about whether I could do such a tour, I discovered the journeys of these two. Then I said to myself, "They're almost going to cycle to the moon. I'm worried about what happens if I come from here to here. I can do it." :bicycle::bicycle::bicycle:
 
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aytu_14

aytu_14

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Turkey
1. day (Isparta – Antalya) (133 Km)

The weather was not brighter when I set out. I thought that the lights in Isparta would be enough for me until the exit of Isparta and then the air would light up. After 8 km, the lights went out but the weather was not bright. At the exit of Isparta Sav, I waited for 20-25 minutes for the weather to light up. Then I continued on the road.

Isparta has an altitude of 1035 meters. I wanted to reach the sea on the first day. Mostly a very pleasant landing awaited me. I had traveled 82 km until 11 o'clock and the weather was getting hot. I enjoyed cycling through the mountains and forests along the way. I went on tour for this. To be in nature.

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I rested for about 5 hours in Ortaköy village at the entrance of Antalya Aksu district. During the tour, I would be careful to rest and not to cycle between 11-15 hours when the temperature is effective. I slept in a mosque in the village because I did not sleep much the previous day. They also turned on the air conditioner during prayer times. It was very good for me. After waking up at 16 o'clock and eating my food, I set off. After about 40 km further, I arrived at the Antalya airport junction. It was around 19 o'clock. I was 25 km away from Konyaaltı beach. I also had energy, but it was rush hour. There was heavy vehicle traffic. Cycling in this traffic would not be enjoyable. In fact, I would take care not to use bicycles in heavy traffic when I was planning my tour. For this reason, I decided to take the tram to the bus station and take the 7.5 km road from there with my bike. I went to the tram at the Antalya junction. I wasn't sure if they were going to buy the bike. At the stop, I did not meet the security guard at first. I called Antalya transportation and explained my situation. The lady on the phone said that it would be okay for me to go as long as I stand in front of the security camera and put the bike somewhere so that it does not disturb other passengers. While I was waiting at the station, I realized that I was actually standing in the wrong direction. The opposite stop was in the direction of the bus station. I didn't notice it at first because the opposite stop was a little behind. And the security guard was also there. Fortunately, I did not meet the security guard at first. When I got to the stop, he said he could not take the bike. I said I had permission from the power plant. Then he called his superior and explained the situation. His supervisor asked the person at the switchboard to call him. I called the switchboard again and explained that I did not see the security guard because I was waiting at the wrong stop. Thanks to the lady at the switchboard, she called the supervisor and said it was okay. In this way, I was able to get on the tram. The security guard said that the bike was actually not bought, and his supervisor was also surprised by this situation. Why not, this is a separate issue, what did these cyclists do to you?

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After reaching the bus station by tram, I went the remaining road and reached Konyaaltı beach. I had achieved my first goal. My current goal was to continue from the shore.

I would spend the night in Konyaaltı beach. I set up my tent in a suitable location. It was around 20.30. After swimming in the sea and cooling off, I took my shower, ate my meal, went to the tent and slept. One hour later, I went out and went to sleep because the inside of the tent was very hot. Because the beach is crowded, I was supposed to sleep with my eyes open to avoid theft. But it didn't happen. I was so tired that if there was a war I would not wake up.

It was 07:00 when I woke up in the morning. I had to get up at 06:00 and hit the road. When I woke up, The tent's door was open. My phone, my wallet were outside. I forgot to turn it off when going out to change my place at night. Thank goodness I did not have a mishap.

I traveled 133 km on the first day. Which has been my personal record.
 
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I'm enjoying your attitude! - wait for the sun to come up, take the tram to avoid the heavy traffic.:becool:

I don't want to be a jackass, but I'm not sure what this means?
When I woke up, the tent's open phone wallet was all around. I forgot to turn it off when going out to change my place at night. Thank goodness I did not have a mishap.
Looking forward to tomorrow!
 

mudsticks

Obviously an Aubergine
Hello, I will share the article of a tour I did in 2017 with you every day. I wrote a little long article. I will share it in the next 20-25 days. I translated my writing into English. I hope I succeeded.

HOW STARTED?

I studied high school in Gökçeada Teacher Training High School in a boarding school. As someone who grew up in Istanbul until my high school education, I can say that I never knew the appearance of the stars, that indescribable fragrance that comes with the wind blowing in the spring. It was not difficult to imagine being in nature when you feel these in Gökçeada and smell the appearance of concrete and exhaust fumes in Istanbul during vacation times. I had an intense desire to travel back then. I was excited by the thought of sleeping in tents in parks, on beaches like a hopper. I wanted to be in nature, to feel the wind and the sun, to smell the sea and the forest, to sleep by seeing the night stars and the moon. These were the things that really made me feel alive.

When I was dreaming of traveling, I never thought of getting on a private vehicle or bus. I thought I would do it with hitchhiking. I could only do this at university. I was already hitchhiking in the last year of high school. The pleasure I get from conversations with people I don't know brought me closer to this job. As time progressed, for some reason, suitable conditions did not occur and I could not start. I wanted to do it with a couple of friends, I thought it would be boring to do this thing alone. But I couldn't find a friend to make this happen. I could not even convince the 10-15 day tour for a 1-2 day tour, let alone. Maybe I was using this situation as an excuse because I couldn't find the courage to start, who knows…

At the end of my third year at university, I wanted to start this travel dream alone. And this was a sudden decision. One night I fell asleep thinking why I didn't do this, and when I woke up in the morning, I decided to hitchhike from Isparta to Istanbul in a week, traveling over the Aegean and I did it.

I took the first big step by doing this. Although I really enjoyed my hitchhiking tour, something was missing. Something was missing that I could not name.

Why Bicycle?
Like everyone else, I met bicycles at a young age. Of course, I'm not talking about that childhood acquaintance, but why I decided to ride a bike.

To be honest, it did not cross my mind that I could ride my bike until July 2016. I was in Manisa in 2012 - my first year at the university. Although the distance was short, the bus to the university from where we were sitting was traveling a lot. And the bus was expensive too. So I said to myself: “Let me take a bike! I will go to school in a short time and avoid giving money to the bus. " I already bought a small amount of money for the bike in 1-1.5 months. It was the only reason I bought the bike. I brought this bike I bought to Isparta. I only used it for transportation and sports until it was stolen.

In June 2016, I bought a new bicycle for transportation and sports. But this time he wouldn't stay there. I knew from the first moment I started driving this. I started driving first in Istanbul and then in Isparta. In September 2016, the idea of doing long tours started flashing in my mind. I dreamed of coming from Isparta to Istanbul by following the coastline. As of November 2016, I started to buy the materials I needed. In the meantime, I tried to get an idea by reading the writings of people who have toured. Everything happened step by step. I completed the equipment I would use on my bike in 9 months by purchasing 1 or 2 materials each month. Already in my daily life, I started using my bike while going to school. I was physically preparing that way. Then I tried it myself with slightly longer distances. I went on a 3-day tour in Isparta. I went to Eğirdir, Burdur daily. I started to believe that I could really make this work with these tours. The point where I completely believed in this work was the tour I realized from Isparta to Burdur Salda Lake. It was 100 km apart. All my equipment was complete on the Salda Lake tour. And on the way, there were almost difficulties that I could encounter on my Isparta-Istanbul tour. Traffic, roadworks, undivided roads, mountain road, dirt road, steep slopes, strong winds blowing directly from the front, etc. Although I struggled a little, I completed the Salda tour and I was almost completely ready now. I say almost because in my head, albeit very small, I might not have the courage to set out. In order to reduce this fear even more and make it a more driving force for myself, I shared the route I drafted on Instagram as soon as I set my tour date and announced that I would start this event with my friends and community.

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As the journey continued, I made changes to the plan I drew.
"How did I get started on this journey?" If I collect the answer to the question; I wanted to travel for a long time. And I wanted to use the bike as a means of transportation. In fact, I would have understood better throughout the tour that the bicycle was not only my means of transportation, but also my companion I was looking for but could not find.

I came home from my last exam on 10.08.2017. After sleeping a little, I got up and prepared my equipment. I said goodbye to my housemates and turned my first pedal on 11.08.2017 at 05:10 in the morning.

View: https://www.instagram.com/p/BXoxl7kAwC_/
Thank you for sharing @aytu_14

Turkey is the destination of an 'Outer Edges of Europe' tour I'm hoping for in 2022.

I've never visited but my father was very fond of the country, and its people.

A bit like you I try to set off with determination and hope, and then let good (and the occasional not so good) things happen along the way.

That's the fun of travelling by bicycle.

Usually very friendly reception.

Thank you for sharing, your trip so far, I look forward to following along, and picking up some local knowledge :smile:.

The (mostly) good weather there, also seems like a very attractive option from here in rainy January UK :smile:
 
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aytu_14

aytu_14

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@mudsticks To be honest, I don't think I'm writing a tourist article. I just wrote what I experienced and felt on the road. In my article, you may not find the answers to questions such as where to go, what to eat, what is it famous for. My budget was limited as I was a student at that time. I spent 70-80 $ on my trip. I spent most of it on food. For this reason, I could not visit museums and ancient cities. But you will find plenty of answers to questions such as where can I camp for free, where to take a shower for free.^_^^_^^_^

But if you have any questions, you can ask. I will gladly reply. :rolleyes:
 

mudsticks

Obviously an Aubergine
@mudsticks To be honest, I don't think I'm writing a tourist article. I just wrote what I experienced and felt on the road. In my article, you may not find the answers to questions such as where to go, what to eat, what is it famous for. My budget was limited as I was a student at that time. I spent 70-80 $ on my trip. I spent most of it on food. For this reason, I could not visit museums and ancient cities. But you will find plenty of answers to questions such as where can I camp for free, where to take a shower for free.^_^^_^^_^

But if you have any questions, you can ask. I will gladly reply. :rolleyes:
Thankyou that's great.

It's fine I'm not looking for 'tourist' advice in terms of attractions, that's all in guidebooks, if needed.

Far more interested in the 'camping for free' type info, it's what I do when I can, that's the sort of local knowledge I mean.

I know people who hike in the mountains in Turkey, and a freind of mine hiked the Lycian way in 2019, where you can wild camp no problem - But what's the reaction if you're closer to civilisation?

I'm a "Have tent will travel" and pitch it where I can type person - but I'm usually willing to accept hospitality when offered.

I've ended up in all sorts of interesting situations as a result :sad:

I'm not a penniless student any more, but budget travelling is a habit that has stuck with me, as I don't earn vast amounts of money even now.

Anyway, I look forward to reading along - thanks :smile:
 

Oldhippy

Über Member
Interesting aytu_14, as long as you enjoy it that is what matters. You have a beautiful country and home to some of the oldest civilisations in human history. Keep the photos coming. Enjoy.
 
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aytu_14

aytu_14

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2. day (Konyaaltı Beach-Göynük -Tekirova) (70 Km)

After breakfast, picking up the items and placing them on the bike, I started pedaling in the first seconds of 08:15. I planned to reach Göynük municipality, which is 33 km away, and spend the afternoon there. I wanted to get there before 11 o'clock. I also had enough time for this. I reached Göynük around 11 o'clock, taking photos on the road. I wandered around Göynük and did some shopping for lunch. After entering the sea at the beach and cooling off, I slept for 1-2 hours and set off at around 17:00. I was aiming to reach Adrasan. However, I wanted to reach Çıralı-Olympos at least due to factors such as the headwind (it would be like this throughout the tour) and the continuous slope of the road. My water was running low. Until Tekirova, there was no water source and no gas station or market where I could buy water. I was at the Tekirova junction around 19:00. Ahead of me was an estimated 10 km Ulupınar slope. I was going to land in Çıralı after climbing this slope. I thought I could arrive before it gets dark. After traveling 6 km in 45 minutes, it started getting darker. Frankly, I started to descend 6 km as I didn't want to stay in the dark. I would realize later that it was a mistake. But it was a nice mistake. Because on the way to Tekirova, I saw 3 young people aged 17-18. The bicycles were walking in their hands. Someone had a flat tire and had no equipment such as a pump patch. They lived around here and went for a ride. After stopping and helping them, I went down to Tekirova. I would spend the night here.

Again, I thought of setting up a tent on the beach, but the gendarme caused a problem. Frankly, I was not in a position to deal with them and speak. Saying okay I will not pitch a tent, I went to the mosque, whose minaret I saw soon. I spent the night there by just throwing my bed between the triangle of mosque, park and cemetery. In the morning the Ulupınar hill was waiting for me again.
 
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