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Forum: Touring
09-03-08, 08:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,531
Posted By gizem310

sorry for not responding all this time... we were...

sorry for not responding all this time... we were cycling in the steppes of central asia.
they are french canadians, so they mostly speak in english, sometimes in french. the french parts have...
Forum: Touring
08-05-08, 04:16 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,781
Posted By gizem310

oh, boy. now that my 25,000 km trip from istanbul...

oh, boy. now that my 25,000 km trip from istanbul to sydney cycling tour cut short by a car accident and i'm reduced to a coach potato for quite a while, i can not tell you how many "didn't i tell...
Forum: Touring
08-05-08, 03:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 899
Posted By gizem310

the roads in kazakhstan were in awful shape. even...

the roads in kazakhstan were in awful shape. even the national "highways" are pretty bad throughout central asia but in the other countries cute, hairy donkeys seemed to be the favorite form of...
Forum: Touring
08-04-08, 08:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 899
Posted By gizem310

Planning on touring in a 3rd world country? Please read.

A topic that none of you wants to read, but I hope you do.

Last March me and hubby started a 25,000 km tour from Istanbul to Sydney as an NGO project to promote cycling. BAM! In Kazakhstan, I was...
05-09-08, 05:19 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 15,986
Posted By gizem310

25.000 kilometers to combat global warming... ...

25.000 kilometers to combat global warming...
istanbul to sydney, 16 months...
meeting with environmental NGOs along the way to promote cycling as a means of transportation...
couchsurfing and...
Forum: Touring
05-09-08, 05:09 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,376
Posted By gizem310

very good thread. would love to hear what others...

very good thread. would love to hear what others do.
we have been on the road for over a year now. we try to keep our wheel tracks as small as possible by:
1. keep a cloth shopping bag so we...
Forum: Touring
05-09-08, 04:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,511
Posted By gizem310

they are extremely comfortable to cycle in....

they are extremely comfortable to cycle in. walking around with them is ok. all around, i think they are better than the alternatives.
Forum: Touring
05-07-08, 05:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 343
Posted By gizem310

Istanbul to Sydney, an NGO Project

after cycling across europe last summer we realized a couple of things: you still need to watch what you eat when you are cycling (even if it's 6 hours a day) and that bicycle-friendly cities is not...
11-13-07, 06:54 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 651
Posted By gizem310

Istanbul to Sydney

In March 2007, me (Gizem) and my husband (Bryan) sold our earthly possessions in Los Angeles and started a cycling trip around the world. We started in the flattest country possible, The Netherlands...
Forum: Touring
10-20-07, 04:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 459
Posted By gizem310

i had the privilage to meet him and have him over...

i had the privilage to meet him and have him over for dinner in istanbul. he is a great person, genuine, rough and though and very inspiring.
Forum: Touring
10-20-07, 04:52 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,479
Posted By gizem310

we flew with delta twice with our bicycles and...

we flew with delta twice with our bicycles and paid 80 usd per bicycle each time. the info on their web site is confusing and irrelevant. it is 80 per bike.
Forum: Touring
10-03-07, 01:07 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 344
Posted By gizem310

Availability of Permethrin in SE Asia

Hopefully this will be my last post about "A million things to do before going cycling in SE Asia"!! :rolleyes:
Can we buy permethrin in SE Asia, preferably in Bangkok?
Forum: Touring
09-26-07, 08:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 538
Posted By gizem310

That's another issue that we have been thinking...

That's another issue that we have been thinking about. That and the stove.
We love camping and being independent. The thought of having to rely on guest houses for accommodation bothers us. Also,...
Forum: Touring
09-25-07, 02:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 538
Posted By gizem310

Thanks to all of you. We dedided that we will not...

Thanks to all of you. We dedided that we will not take any preventive medication; 6 months is too long of a time. We are ordering tons of deet (%100 for rısky areas and %20 time release that everyone...
Forum: Touring
09-24-07, 03:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 538
Posted By gizem310

Malaria in SE Asia

We will be cycling in SE Asia for about 6 months. I have done a lot of research about malaria and even went to see a travel doctor. I still cant make up my mind about whether I should take...
Forum: Touring
09-06-07, 06:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,866
Posted By gizem310

It's much, much cheaper than that at the stores....

It's much, much cheaper than that at the stores. When I added the purchase price of my Trek 520 (2007) + flying it to The Netherlands as cargo + change the crankset for loaded touring + front rack +...
Forum: Touring
09-06-07, 05:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,866
Posted By gizem310

Trek 520 is utterly, completely inferior to Kogo...

Trek 520 is utterly, completely inferior to Kogo Miyata sold in The Netherlands. Kogo is a tourer's dream bike. More expensive than Trek, but the bicycle has everything you can imagine, so no need to...
Forum: Touring
08-26-07, 02:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 602
Posted By gizem310

I would cycle all the way. We just did it and...

I would cycle all the way. We just did it and imho it is pretty much the flattest, the most maintained bicycle route in the world. The scenery is wonderful, but all the local people make money from...
Forum: Touring
07-23-07, 04:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,392
Posted By gizem310

When we are just passing through a city, we just...

When we are just passing through a city, we just lock them up outside the museum, grocery etc. Most places in Europe have a bike rack outside. Toured for 3,5 months like that and never had a thing...
Forum: Touring
07-16-07, 11:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 940
Posted By gizem310

Just cycled that route. Make sure to by...

Just cycled that route.
Make sure to by Switzerland cycling map. The cycling route hits all the cities. The google map would be a waste of time because the main roads are really busy with no...
Forum: Touring
07-16-07, 11:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,531
Posted By gizem310

Mostly English.

Mostly English.
Forum: Touring
07-16-07, 02:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,531
Posted By gizem310

Inspiring bicycle touring movie: Asiemut

I just watched Asiemut and I absolutely loved it! As far as I know, it is the only bicycle touring movie made and it is really good. It's about a Canadian couple's cycling trip in the less beaten...
Forum: Touring
07-16-07, 02:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 778
Posted By gizem310

Miles from Nowhere is the inspiration of our trip...

Miles from Nowhere is the inspiration of our trip around the world. They did not have front panniers, so they must have been desparate for space. I can not imagine how they did it! They had a full...
07-10-07, 09:17 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,679
Posted By gizem310

The dead squirrel picture is disgusting and does...

The dead squirrel picture is disgusting and does not belong here.
Forum: Touring
07-10-07, 04:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,633
Posted By gizem310

We rode from France to Interlaken (one of my...

We rode from France to Interlaken (one of my favorite places) and cycled to Munich.
Cycling in Switzerland is awesome, make sure to get their national cycling map. There are several routes to...
Forum: Touring
07-08-07, 12:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 680
Posted By gizem310

glad you are ok. and thanks for posting. ...

glad you are ok. and thanks for posting.
bootsnall.com would be a good website to post this on. they cater to independent travelers.
be safe.
Forum: Touring
07-07-07, 04:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,255
Posted By gizem310

From my experience, you can get away with only...

From my experience, you can get away with only replacing the attachments not the whole rear rack. The rack is fine but you can bend the attachments with two fingers! I had mine replaced at a bike...
Forum: Touring
07-07-07, 04:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 933
Posted By gizem310

+1. we bought both the bowls and the plates for...

+1. we bought both the bowls and the plates for our tour but it turned out that the bowls were enough, so the plates became cutting boards. i did not like the plates very much to begin with, the...
Forum: Touring
07-07-07, 04:12 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,669
Posted By gizem310

not only i moo, but i moo in different tones just...

not only i moo, but i moo in different tones just to make sure that i am well understood. i usually start with the usual moooo, then switch to something like meuuuuuu and then try different accents...
07-07-07, 03:19 AM
Replies: 1,820
Views: 353,561
Posted By gizem310

We pretty much sold everything. The condo, the...

We pretty much sold everything. The condo, the cars, furniture... The furniture was bought second hand from ebay and craigslist so they were recycled. The rest is now in a 5x5 storage and on our two...
Forum: Touring
07-07-07, 12:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 653
Posted By gizem310

+1. good bang for the buck, especially if you can...

+1. good bang for the buck, especially if you can wait for the mouth watering 4th of july rei sale. i'd go with two sleeping bags that can zip. sometimes i just want my sleeping bag for myself,...
Forum: Touring
07-06-07, 01:19 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,129
Posted By gizem310

Keens rock! That's how I toured in Europe the...

Keens rock! That's how I toured in Europe the past 3 months. They are comfy and the toe guard makes it an excellent hiking/walking shoe. As far as I am concerned, the stink level was low but you...
Forum: Touring
06-25-07, 08:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 474
Posted By gizem310

we were going to fly from turkey to se asia and...

we were going to fly from turkey to se asia and then cycle to oz but then we met this swiss guy in a campground who had cycled around the world. he said we would missing out if we skipped central...
Forum: Touring
06-25-07, 07:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 729
Posted By gizem310

wine route is awesome. just cycled it.

wine route is awesome. just cycled it.
Forum: Touring
06-25-07, 07:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 323
Posted By gizem310

we will be in se asia around october o november...

we will be in se asia around october o november this year, cycling all the way to Ozzyland.
Forum: Touring
06-25-07, 07:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 474
Posted By gizem310

Just toured 10 European countries

Hey folks, its been a while. Missed the forum. Ok, not that much. We have been cycling around Europe for a little over 3 months now. And it has been a blast.
We started in The Netherlands since it...
Forum: Touring
04-16-07, 07:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 953
Posted By gizem310

Sweet! The more, the merrier. March and April...

Sweet! The more, the merrier.
March and April are low seasons and there is no need to book anything in advance. June/July would be a bit more difficult, but there are tourist offices in every...
Forum: Touring
04-16-07, 07:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 953
Posted By gizem310

Both stealth and gypsy. I agree, The...

Both stealth and gypsy.
I agree, The Netherlands was more difficult than the others because it is flat as a pancake and there are no trees to cover up. We do not camp in fenced in areas or farmland....
Forum: Touring
04-12-07, 02:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 926
Posted By gizem310

I just cycled through the Netherlands. What a...

I just cycled through the Netherlands. What a beauty!
It is sooo easy to cycle in The Netherlands (bike routes in every direction and flat as a pancake), I would just ride my bicycle if I were you....
Forum: Touring
04-12-07, 01:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 953
Posted By gizem310

Cycled through The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg

And today we are headed for Strasbourg, France.
We have been on the road for about three weeks now. I can't even begin to tell you how (relatively) easy it is to ride in Europe compared to The...
Forum: Touring
03-05-07, 10:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 888
Posted By gizem310

Awesome! We are about to do the same thing. On...

Awesome! We are about to do the same thing. On March 18th, we are going on a cycling tour around the world although we will be skipping parts of the map. We'll start in Amsterdam, ride all the way to...
Forum: Touring
03-04-07, 11:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,002
Posted By gizem310

I'd say a really good quality rain jacket.

I'd say a really good quality rain jacket.
Forum: Touring
03-04-07, 12:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 784
Posted By gizem310

well said. august is even worse! and pretty hot,...

well said. august is even worse! and pretty hot, too.
03-02-07, 11:17 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,143
Posted By gizem310

you have my admiration. i could not read past the...

you have my admiration. i could not read past the first paragraph. yawn.
03-02-07, 10:58 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,054
Posted By gizem310

Nope, I was responding to the OP. I'm 100% with...

Nope, I was responding to the OP. I'm 100% with you. In this day and age, getting an SUV does not make any sense to me. My husband had a mid-size SUV (got rid of it) and everything that fit in that...
Forum: Touring
03-02-07, 10:48 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,734
Posted By gizem310

How about strapping the camelback on your...

How about strapping the camelback on your panniers? This works better if you have a small daypack that the Camelback goes in. It insulates better too. I tried it once and it worked fine. I drink a...
Forum: Touring
03-01-07, 10:03 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,950
Posted By gizem310

Thanks for the positive feedback, Losligato.

Thanks for the positive feedback, Losligato.
02-28-07, 07:04 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,054
Posted By gizem310

Why do you need to put your bikes "in"? Get a...

Why do you need to put your bikes "in"?
Get a car with good gas mileage and a bike rack.
Forum: Touring
02-28-07, 05:59 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,950
Posted By gizem310

[QUOTE=Bacciagalupe] Yeah, nothing like an...

[QUOTE=Bacciagalupe]
Yeah, nothing like an Internet petition to change the policies of the world's largest airlines. While you're at it, can you ask for better food and more leg-room?
QUOTE]
...
Forum: Touring
02-28-07, 11:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 439
Posted By gizem310

I am going on a loooong tour and İ just signed a...

I am going on a loooong tour and İ just signed a contract with a travel insurance provider. For $54/month, they cover all emergencies. Some people opt out on travel insurance but I'd rather have the...
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