Day 177 – Tercan to 20km from Erzincan (English Summary)

Today’s distance / 今日の走行距離: 82.77km
Average speed / 平均速度: 13.3km/h
Time on bike / 走行時間: 6h 13m
Total distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2004.8km (plus 4200km)
Ascent / 上り: +210m
Descent / 下り: -460m

English Summary: Frustrating icy headwind today blowing up the narrow valley I was travelling along. Plus I got the first puncture of the trip so far (see video below). Only one puncture for more than 6,000km travelled – not bad. An energy sapping ride ends 20km from Erzincan city.




A mosque in eastern Turkey / トルコのモスク



First puncture of the journey

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First flat of the journey near Tercan, eastern Turkey / 旅の第一パンク(トルコ、テルジャン付近)

First flat of the journey near Tercan, eastern Turkey / 旅の第一パンク(トルコ、テルジャン付近)


Narrow road on the way to Erzincan, Turkey / 道が狭い(トルコ、エルジンジャン市へ向かう途中)

A foot bridge on the way to Erzincan, Turkey / エルジンジャン市の近くの橋(トルコ)


Trackside campspot near Erzincan City, Turkey / 線路の近くのキャンプ(トルコ、エルジンジャン市)

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4 thoughts on “Day 177 – Tercan to 20km from Erzincan (English Summary)

  • Rob Thomson Post author

    Aunty Lyn, the reason I had not had any punctures so far is because of the great tyres I was using. The Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres have a built in puncture protection belt that make it impossible for even a thumb tack to puncture the inner tube. Unfortunately I had to put some more knobbly tyres on the bike for the snow, which do not have the puncture protection belt.

  • Andrew C

    I just got home from the Buskers Festival watching Fire Dancers. You would have loved it! Have you managed to find room in those bags of yours for any flammable stuff?

  • Rob Thomson Post author

    Andrew, I seriously considered packing my collapsible fire staff for the trip, but ended up sending it back to NZ with the rest of my stuff anyway. So none of this silliness on the trip so far.