Mudurnu - Bolu (50km)

Trip Start May 23, 2009
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Where I stayed
Forestry Commision Hostel

Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Black Sea Coast,
Saturday, May 30, 2009

Left Mudurnu at about 10am expecting some huge uphill climb.  It never came.  Maybe my legs are getting stronger or my friends who suggested that it was 20km uphill and 20km downhill have never actually travelled along this road.

I had a long lunch by a river and even had time for a sleep.  I awoke to see a fisherman stopped in his tracks admiring the bike.  Not many cyclists round here then.

I was met in Bolu by Ahmet, the friend of a friend of a friend of mine from Istanbul.  He showed me to the Forestry Commission hotel where I found a room for 7TL.  Thank you so much. Anyone want to buy a tent?  We drank tea together and he recommended a route that will take me to Sinop and then Samsun passing Safranbolu and Kastamonu.

Later I met Abdurrahim, the friend of the friend from Istanbul and we drank coffee and chatted about Bolu and life.  Aburrahim explained that people are so generous here because the guest is king.  People may actually be offended if you don't accept there hospitality.  Thanks to Huseyin Hoca, my friend in Istanbul, for putting me in touch with such great people.

"There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise."  The Call of the Wild, Jack London.

I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.

"Jack London Credo" credited to Ernest J. Hopkins
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