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Author - The Old Bloke

Stranger than Fiction

How wrong can one old bloke be? On my last post I mentioned that the roads were leveling out and steep hills were all behind me. Well, obviously I was wrong on that score! Turkey has been hills, hills and more hills, each one steeper than the last, even 10% gradient. At first these were too much for Effie and I ended up often pushing her. But in the last week the...

Mad dogs & foolish men

I was getting utterly sick of climbing hills when the road began to level out and the riding became easier. The hills which thankfully all seem to be behind me are really steep, in fact they’re a 7% gradient and that’s a hell of a lot to expect of a bike as old as Effie to manage, but she’s done a pretty good job. Mind you I think I’ve done...

As high as it gets

A couple of weeks off the bike and my bum has turned to putty. It’s been hard going in recent days, especially as a good deal of the ride has been uphill. A few days back a truck driver offered to tow my bike but I wasn’t keen on that idea so he gave me a push instead. Eventually I relented and he towed Effie and I to the top of the steep incline. I was...

Off the bike, but not off the road

I know I haven’t give any riding updates for a while but while the bike is being stored with a friend in Tehran, I’ve taken the opportunity to take in the sights around the city and beyond with Lynne. It’s been nice to have a break from riding and I’ve had the opportunity to learn a lot more about Iran from the people we’ve met along the way.  I only have a three...