Transcontinental Race 2016 – Part 5a – The final, hardest stage with heat, dreams, ghosts and ferries.

Day 13 – Greece and Turkey Like other towns and villages in Greece, Gazoros was patrolled at night by dogs.  During my hour or so of sleep on my bench there I occasionally heard them barking and, occasionally, spotted one walking along the road.  I was thankful that, off my bike, either as a pedestrian … Continue reading Transcontinental Race 2016 – Part 5a – The final, hardest stage with heat, dreams, ghosts and ferries.

Transcontinental Race 2016 – Part 5 – 3 countries in a day, Macedonian roads and Greek dogs

Day 11 – Montenegro, Kosovo and Skopje   After rising from my forest sleeping-place, I enjoyed a breakfast of cream-filled croissants.  Along with byrek, they are the main food memory of the TCR.  I probably ate 4-5 per day.  They are available everywhere, are a good source of calories, come in a variety of flavours.  … Continue reading Transcontinental Race 2016 – Part 5 – 3 countries in a day, Macedonian roads and Greek dogs

Transcontinental Race 2016 – Part 4a, Bosnia and Montenegro – byreks and a stupendous limestone gorge

Day 9 - Bosnia Leaving my hotel in Bihac at dawn, I looked forward to my ride across central Bosnia on a main road, towards Sarajevo.  There were two big climbs but the gradients were gentle and the road surfaces were smooth so it was a fairly quick day. A good start was being able … Continue reading Transcontinental Race 2016 – Part 4a, Bosnia and Montenegro – byreks and a stupendous limestone gorge

Transcontinental Race 2016, part 4 – Storms, scars of war, a friendly dog and bears in the forest

Day 7 - sleepy before a storm, twice The morning after climbing the Giau, I was up at dawn, and started the new day in fine style by immediately losing a chunk of time to a routing error.  I decided I could save a couple of hundred metres, perhaps all of half a minute, by … Continue reading Transcontinental Race 2016, part 4 – Storms, scars of war, a friendly dog and bears in the forest