Bicycle Touring In Iran – Part 3

Arriving into Shiraz, one thousand miles from Tabriz in twelve days, felt like a mini victory. Although keen to cycle on towards the port city of Bandar E Abbas, it was the turn of the Iranian New Year celebrations (Norooz) to halt my progress. The whole country grinds to a stand still for four days, […]

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Cycling Through Iran – Part 2

By the time I found a hotel in Tehran it was early afternoon and I had almost lost the will to live. Once the intensity of dodging high speed projectiles coming from every direction had been elevated and viewed through the perspective of a hotel window, the torment of the morning gradually dissolved into a […]

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Iran By Bicycle – Part 1

Entering Iran by bicycle was deemed a futile venture. My original Visa application had been rejected, not by the Iranian Embassy, but by the agency that prepares visa applications for submission to the embassy, on the grounds that I was intending to enter Iran by bicycle. At the time, the Iranian Embassy had placed restrictions […]

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Knowing When To Stop, And When To Push On

Erzurum sat on a steep incline and was surrounded by snow covered mountains. Life in Erzurum, like most of the villages, towns and cities in this part of Turkey, resembled the wintery conditions; cold and harsh. The people, in contrast, were warm and friendly. Twelve days of the toughest cycling so far paled into insignificance […]

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Being Vulnerable, Having Faith, And Making Friends – Osmaniye To Erzurum

Reaching Osmaniye was symbolic; situated at the eastern end of the Mediterranean coast, it served as a base camp to the mountainous route north-east to Erzurum. Everyone I had spoken to about cycling to Erzurum winced at the thought of making the journey by bicycle. “Rampa, rampa, sok, sok, kar, kar” roughly translated as ‘hefty mountains, bloody freezing, […]

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The Adventure Of Travelling Towards The Unknown

 Leaving Kargicak after such a long stationary pause felt like leaving for the first time all over again. The preceding week was spent tying up loose ends, making preparations for the route and cold weather ahead, and speaking with friends and family over skype. I ate copious amounts of food from the buffet to indulge […]

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What A Week! The Book Is Now Available to Download!!

There is nothing like a deadline to get stuff done. I have learnt this week that a deadline motivated by public accountability is probably the most effective way of delivering on something you have promised. It does also make delivering on that promise rather stressful, particularly when you’re doing something you haven’t done before; so […]

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Book Update: Self Doubt Sucks!

It’s been a strange two and a half months here in Kargicak.  The journey into the world of writing, has been more challenging, than the 4000 mile bicycle journey that led me to this strange place. The familar feelings of elation and self doubt synonymous with the highs and lows of bicycle touring, are just […]

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Join The ‘Dough Disco’ Guinness World Record Team

It never ceases to amaze me; the ‘reach’ of people with drive and enthusiasm so potent it is infectious, who believe in their message so strongly that they simply won’t settle until they have told EVERYONE, and those it touches, are compelled to get involved and make a difference. I had the pleasure this week […]

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Turning Goals Into Habits

Last week we looked at how to set goals you will actually achieve by taking a detailed look at what you want to do, be, and have, in each area of life. The objective was to create very specific goals, stated positively in the present tense, with a date in the future the goal would […]

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