A massive hotel breakfast fuelled a very efficient ride through fairly bland surroundings as I made my way west along the south side of the Sea of Marmara. I rode in two sections divided by a lunch break, the first being 70km and the second being 65km. I pulled up several kilometres short of my target distance as I spotted what might form the perfect home for the night. I’d hardly seen any good options for camping all day, so it was pretty fortuitous that at the end of my riding day I spied what appeared to be a derelict farmhouse. Derelict it was. The small building has two rooms with concrete floors, crumbling walls and roof with only a few small holes in it. There is no glass in the windows so the cold wind passes through. I set up my tent in the corner of one of the rooms, protected from the crosswind and under an intact part of the roof. The skies have been threatening rain all day, so it’s nice to be protected from possible rain. At the moment I’m acquainting myself with the creepy noises around me so I can recognise any that don’t fit in and warn me of anything untoward.

A place to call home

Accommodation Free-camp
Distance ridden today 135.86km
Average cycling speed 23.5kph
Total distance ridden 26,445km