Were you paying attention? This is the one I’m cycling.
I will stay in pensions, small hotels and people’s houses – if I’m lucky. I don’t plan to camp as I want to increase my engagement with local people which sounds very laudable but of course the truth is, after a hard day on the bike, I just don’t want to sleep on the ground. I will take bivvy bag and liner, just in case. And I want to travel as light as possible commensurate with reasonable comfort – so no cooking gear either.
The route is around 650 km long but it’s very hilly and a lot of it is off road. It’s not the distance that concerns me but the amount of ascent and terrain. I’d like to think I can do it all in 7 to 10 days but consecutive days of 1000 to 2000 m climbs are certainly going to take its toll on me. I find when I do a very tough ride (no actually any ride these days) I like a day off to recover. I don’t really want to have to take a rest day but I am prepared to do so. There is also an option take a dolmuş (dolmush) on some of the long road sections and I’m quite happy to swallow what little cycling pride I have left and do this.
I intend to ride at a very steady pace and not push myself too much. I want to enjoy the experience and have time to stop and show the local people how successful I have been at butcherıng their language … and take plenty of photographs along the way.
If I get to Afyonkarahisar (or even Kütahya) and I’ve run out of time or energy I may end my trip there. I don’t want to become a hostage some arbitrary schedule. I’ve done enough of that over the years.