On the 130th anniversary, I recreated part of the journey of the first person to cycle around the world on a bicycle. Taking it one day at a time. View the archive.

To Silivri

By Stuart Lowe on

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D100 views

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Mosque in Çorlu

I had a haircut in Çorlu. That feels much better.

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Hairdresser (on the right)

As I was leaving Çorlu I popped into a petrol station to use the toilet. As I left a guy shouted "Bradley Wiggins" to me! Perhaps I need a shave.

I know I can only average 6mph in big cities due to lights, traffic, navigation, stress stops. A capital takes the best part of a day. It would be quicker if I knew the streets and drivers but when you are new to them, more care is needed. That takes more time. The upshot is that I will give myself all day tomorrow to go the last 30 miles as lots of people have told me, Istanbul requires more care.

Hello Sea of Marmara and... umm... Newport?

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A glimpse of the Sea of Marmara

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Newport

In getting my wheel into the Sea of Marmara I also got my shoes wet. At least all the holes let the water back out. ;)

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Sea of Marmara

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The author having cycled from the Irish Sea to the Sea of Marmara.

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Feet up

The last proper shower I had was at the campsite in Bulgaria. Feeling that I'd like to stop smelling so badly, I checked in to a cheap hotel in Silivri mostly for the benefit of a shower. It is lovely here in Silivri.

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Silivri

I was really glad to get off the D100 a few miles before Silivri as its hard shoulder was getting sketchy and the traffic was increasing. I really don't want to be on it the rest of the way into Istanbul.

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Jupiter and Venus over Silivri

At 6.22pm it is quite exciting to hear calls to prayer echoing out over the rooftops. As the evening progressed I had food at a local restaurant and was joined by an ex-journalist, now English teacher who was keen to practice his English skills. I walked around the lively harbour and admired Jupiter and Venus close together in the sky.