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Istanbul to Budapest

Written by Jess Dan. Posted in Australia

The European side of Istanbul is a land full of sunflowers at this time of year. Very colourful cycling. The turkish hospitality didn’t let up, and we continued to be offered free chai and food whenever we stopped.. There is something in this special culture to take back home. We camped at a truckstop near the Bulgarian border and were offered chai and Bulgar (like cous cous) by the truckies. They were driving through to Iraq which fascinated us to no end. I hadn’t contemplated that the trucks might be heading there with anything, or even stopped to wonder if that particular border was open as I had already heard that Turkey’s border with Armenia was closed as Turkey sided politically with Azerbaijan whom Armenia were currently in conflict with regarding the position of their borders….. I guess I had just assumed that the Iraq border would also be closed. I was interested on another day, to be scolded by an actually rather nice shop attendant as I was drinking coca cola, a product produced in this area of the world in Israel, an altogether not particularly popular country here, just at this point in time. We were really sad to learn more about the current Israel/Palestine conflicts and that Israel are bombing during a ceasefire, and that Palestine are continually putting their civilians in the line of fire. It is a very tricky situation out there at the moment, and it is hard to get a hold of all the latest while we are on the road. We do know that prior to things escalating, Ultimate Peace (the charitable foundation we are cycling to raise money for) we able to hold their annual camp in Israel for Israeli and many Palestinian kids, although not all of the Palestinians were allowed to cross the border on this occasion. We thank Ultimate Peace for their efforts, and all the staff and attendees for their courage to run the camp under this pressure at this time. We hope one day their will be an end to the fighting in this region, and Ultimate Peace is doing a great job to start building the bridges among the young people.

Ultimate Peace

Written by Jess Dan. Posted in Australia

We would like you all to welcome our friends Ultimate Peace to the ride!

We have chosen to raise money  and awareness for this fantastic initiative through means of our crazy push bike ride.

Established in 2008, Ultimate Peace is an organization that uses the exhilarating and fun sport of Ultimate Frisbee to build community, unite people, and educate youth around the world. Their most notable program to date is Ultimate Peace in the Middle East where the organizers of Ultimate Peace bring together disadvantaged youth from Palestinian, Arab Israeli, and Israeli Jewish communities to learn, play and unite around the sport of Ultimate.

Tippety Top End

Written by Jess Dan. Posted in Australia

At 1:15pm yesterday in 34 degrees and 72% humidity jess and I made our way into Darwin. Right til the final day we weren’t sure if it would be possible, as my rear tyre had five cuts in it and I had punctured four times the previous day on the road to Adelaide River. Perhaps stupidly we bought two spare schwalbe marathon tyres and decided to leave them with my parents in creswick thinking it would be OK to wait for them to be posted up when needed! So with no tyre to replace, and with all six spares used we got a little bit creative…

The Red Centre

Written by Jess Dan. Posted in Australia

Hello! It’s been a while!

We have had an exciting few weeks since leaving you last in Port Pirie. Dingoes, Emu’s, Kangaroos, Road trains, houses on trucks, outback grand finals, outback hospitality, new cyclist friends, dinner in caravans, Wedge tailed eagles, Kestrels – and no more bloody magpies!

Over the hills and far away

Written by Jess Dan. Posted in Australia

We have made it 959 kilometres through to Port Pirie, South Australia with a few bumps and scrapes and smiles on our faces.

We have been on the road for sixteen days now and are just starting to get the hang of this bicycle touring thing. We have been mostly free camping at State Parks or local cricket ovals, but were also shouted a couple nights accommodation from my Dad, Rob, who rode with us through to Murray Bridge, SA. Thanks Dad!