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January 22nd, 2007 | categorizilation: all categories,Turkey

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Today’s distance / 今日の走行距離: 150.05km
Average speed / 平均速度: 17.3km/h
Time on bike / 走行時間: 8h 39m
Total distance to date / 今日までの積算距離: 2423.2km (plus 4200km)
Ascent / 上り: +1095m
Descent / 下り: -1180m

Today was officially the longest day (both time and distance wise) of the journey so far. 150km, in 8 hours and 39 minutes. It certainly wasn’t the flattest day of the journey, with over 1,000m climbed on the many ups and downs of the day, so it was a very satisfying day.

Campspot just oustide of Rushadiye, Turkey

The day began with a hard frost that retreated quickly as the sun stretched its arms across the hills.

From my campspot down by the river, I didn’t notice that the wind was already blowing strong. For once the wind was blowing in the direction that I was going. I’ve never felt so strong. Powering up the hills, and flying down the other side. Only stopping to eat or to drink, or take the (very) occasional photograph.

Scenery near Tashova, Turkey

When I think back over the day, which covered almost two times my usual distance for one day, it is hard to recall every thing I saw. I passed through countless towns, one of which had the most brick firing kilns I have ever seen in my life. Tashova town must be famous for bricks, or something, because the main road going into town was lined with bricks drying in the sun. The main type of bricks here in Turkey are quite different to those in NZ. They are as you see in the photo below. ‘Hollow’.

Drying bricks in Tashova, Turkey

At a roadside cafe where I stopped for tea and a quick warm up, was this contraption.

Heat blower in Erbaa, Turkey Heat blower in Erbaa, Turkey

Heat blower in Erbaa, Turkey Heat blower in Erbaa, Turkey

It is a thermostat controlled heat blower that gets its heat from a small furnace under the big jet like top piece. The heat from the firebox heats the pipes in the center of the jet, and a fan at the other end of the jet blows air through the hot tubes. The fan is connected to a thermostat, so that the unit shuts off when it gets too cold. I thought my Dad might be interested in this for his new workshop in NZ…

I’m not sure what I ate, or what kept me going, but I cycled well into the night. It was not until 5:30pm (about 45 mins after dark) when I ordered myself to stop, and find a spot to sleep. That is 10 hours on the road. 7:30am till 5:30pm. Epic day for me.

All around me were orchards. I found a convenient pagoda on someone’s land, and crashed there exhausted.

Sleeping in orchard shed, 10km from Amasya, Turkey

(the morning after) 

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Comment by Achim — January 25, 2007 @ 1:31 pm | post a comment

Wow, 150 KM, you are the man. Tough as granite. The hollow brick stones you saw are the brick type that is used all over Europe. Hollowness means insulation and there are different types and qualities. Seems that the area you were cycling has good clay to make those bricks off. Take care.


Comment by Aunty Jenny — January 25, 2007 @ 3:23 pm | post a comment

Do the bricks come in different colours?

Comment by Mum — January 25, 2007 @ 9:44 pm | post a comment

All bricks these days are hollow. I guess the only ones you've seen are the red bricks used in older houses. Pity you were camping in the orchard during winter – you might have been able to have some 'pick your own' fruit for dessert or breakfast.

Comment by Rob Thomson — January 26, 2007 @ 3:57 am | post a comment

Aunty Jenny, the bricks come in any colour you want, so long as it's red.

Comment by Rob Thomson — January 26, 2007 @ 3:58 am | post a comment

Mum, don't encourage me…might get arrested again. I don't think 'My Mum said it was OK' would cover very well as an excuse…

Comment by Lesley Bond — January 26, 2007 @ 7:55 pm | post a comment

Actually, NZ bricks these days are also hollow, though not as much as the ones shown. Bricks here are no longer 'solid' but have holes in the middle which makes them lighter, therefore foundations don't have to be so strong and I think the holes also help with insulation.

Comment by Dad — January 27, 2007 @ 3:21 am | post a comment


Thanks for the tip on the heater – it looks an interesting piece of engineering.

It will be 12 months before we have the new place built so I wont need a workshop heater for a while.

Take care,


Comment by TimmyC — January 31, 2007 @ 10:54 am | post a comment

Burly day, way to get with your new power. Nice work.

Comment by hudai — March 9, 2007 @ 3:43 am | post a comment

hı rob :)

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