Category Archives: Bicycle touring

The end again, in Bitlis

Three and and a half months from Antalya to Bitlis.  This was my longest bicycle tour in Turkey (my Erzurum to Bayburt tour was a couple weeks longer, but I spent a month of that in Georgia).  By the end … Continue reading

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Karakoçan to Norşên via Lice and Kulp: swimming holes and soldiers

A lot happened this week. When I read through my notes, at times it seemed like it was all heat and flat tires. Certainly there were too much of both, but we also had jandarma excitement, continued language diversity, some … Continue reading

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Bicycling touring Dersim İli, part two: Merkez and Mazgirt

From the Upper Munzur Valley around Ovacık it was a ride on the main road following the river downhill to Dersim (the city). As a main road, I expected a fair bit of traffic, especially since it was the weekend. … Continue reading

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Bicycling touring Dersim İli: Çemişgezek, Hozat, Ovacık

The posts about this bicycle tour from Antalya to (spoiler) Bitlis were written shortly after the section described.  Until now.  It’s been almost two months since Hacer, Ferda, and I entered Dersim Province, dropping into a pretty canyon, crossing the Rabat Çayı … Continue reading

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Divriği to Kemaliye, by bicycle

I had planned a good route from Divriği to Dersim before I knew that Ferda and Hacer were joining me for this section. This “good route” meant lots of dirt roads and lots of climbing. I worried it might be … Continue reading

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