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My Top 5 Favorite Cycle Touring Countries

Here lies my top 5 favorite cycle touring countries. As a mere mortal I can’t claim to have cycled extensively in every country on Earth but I have done a few tens of thousands of miles in about 35 of them and, of course, I have my favorites.

The quality of the roads and amount of traffic weigh heavily on my subjective opinion. As does the food, climate and experiences with people. ‘Subjective’ and ‘favorite’ are the keywords here but I hope that if you’re looking for inspiration on locations one of these will spark your imagination.

#1 | Turkey

I had a rough start cycling in Turkey but except for those first 48 hours it was probably the most enjoyable travel experience I’ve ever had, it’s an amazing place to ride a bike.

Warm and Friendly Turks
Warm and Friendly Turks

I cycled through Turkey with Ellie, from Bodrum on the south west, to Istanbul. Bodrum didn’t win my heart but as soon as we got inland and headed north everything else in Turkey did. Just a few miles from the coast we began to climb up the first of three large ranges that lay between us and Istanbul, the roads were quiet, people stopped to chat to us and figs grew at the road sides in abundance. A nice touch is that Turkey has water taps and shade shelters dotted about at the sides of the roads, stumbling across one is a welcome oasis in the heat.

I was really impressed by the Turkish food. Commonly you can find lots of crisp salads, spicy meats and fresh yoghurt. Their olive oil, balsamic vinegar, bread and molasses are all world class. If you like food, people and rugged terrain then you’ll love Turkey. Continue reading My Top 5 Favorite Cycle Touring Countries

Food for thought in Munich

Dark beer at Hofbräuhaus, Munich
Joe enjoying a dark beer at Hofbräuhaus, Munich

So clearly hitchbiking wasn’t working, at the most we got a few sympathetic gestures and a couple of looks that said ‘I certainly would help you guys out if only my car was bigger / I wasn’t turning off at the next junction / had the time to help’ depending how carefully you read the expressions.

Luckily for us we had noticed every hour or so a bus go by that had a trailer for bikes, we decided that a bus to the nearest train station would be the next best option but as Joe read the timetable we realised that just as we’d clocked on to this handy service there was a three hour gap in its schedule and so out came the Red Dwarf audio books and a pretty blissful three hours of the best sci-fi comedy ever written (in my humble opinion), the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is up there too of course. Joe was entertained too as he had what looked like a great book on travel in Laos that I must get hold of at some point.  Continue reading Food for thought in Munich