Having finally found a fast internet connection, I was able to upload a few short vidoes from my days in Syria. For the corresponding blog posts check here and here.
Archive for the ‘Syria’ Category
0 km With the sun back and temperatures climbing to the more normal 10-15 degrees it was time to think about getting back on the bike. First however, I had set up a meeting with Omar from the local radio community in Damascus. We spent the morning visiting the club station there. After four days [ Read More ]
0 km The snow from yesterday had changed to serious rain today making the big sight seeing program less attractive. The morning was spend in the fantastic (covered) courtyard of my 16th century hotel. An interesting place for some language observations. The other Arabic guests, I would guess from Egypt, are communicating with the hotel [ Read More ]
0 km During breakfast at the hotel somebody started to talk about snow. First I was not sure if it was true, but sure enough, the snow was falling beautifully over Damascus.
0 km This is the view that awaited me as I looked out the window in the morning. Quite a contrast to the otherwise perfect weather I have enjoyed the last 3 weeks. I didn’t really expect such heavy rain in the desert, and based on the amount of water that made it into the [ Read More ]
Distance: 82.07 km Ridetime: 3:58:29 Average: 20.6 km/h Total distance: 3776 km For the first time on the trip I ran into some real problems with the bicycle today. Or, still just flat tires, but 3 of them in a row. After 3800 km I clearly need a new set of tires. They will arrive [ Read More ]
Distance: 42.94 km Ridetime: 2:06:36 Average: 22.2 km/h Total distance: 3694 km With only 40 km to cover I took the luxury of sleeping until 9. Being in the extreme east of the current time zone, it gets dark as early as 4:30. On the other hand there is full daylight at 6 in the [ Read More ]
Distance: 137.14 km Ridetime: 5:34:14 Average: 24.6 km/h Total distance: 3651 km Back into cycling mode! The legs still in excellent shape – the 137 km into Hama wasn’t too much of an effort. On the other hand, traffic was. I was riding on a busy highway all day. While the cars were passing by [ Read More ]
Distance: 98.64 km Ridetime: 5:44:25 Average: 17.2 km/h Total distance: 3514 km Heading for the border with a new country, there is always that feeling of going into the unknown. The last kilometers of Turkish roads were celebrated by another dog chase (yeah, those Turkish dogs). While my chaser was indeed a big dog, he [ Read More ]