I wanted to go the the Bike shop and buy a small bike stand from my friend Kudret. I bought one and will collect it tomorrow sometime, as it's impossible to carry on the bike.
I turned Rubic north out of Famagusta and immediatly we hit a head wind. The wind wasnt gusting, but it was strong enough to be a real pain in the backside. The temperature however was perfect! I took a few wrong turns in the villages but God Garmin got me back on track pretty quick, until the road on the map simply stopped and ceased to exist in front of me. This isnt uncommon here, so I hastily re planned the route and followed a newer road.
|Ploughing up the dust|
Still the wind was draining me, it just blows constantly across the vast open plain here having built strength across the sea. I promise I only swore at Cyclops once. I stopped in a small village for a coke and a rest, here the store owner smiled at me as I walked into his tiny run down store, his face leatherd, and hair not brushed in centuries. I bought a pepsi and it cost half of what it does in the petrol stations here. Three young kids stood outside admiring Rubic firing questions at me in Turkish and a million words per second. I really must make an effort to learn some basic Turkish. I am the typical arrogant, lazy English idiot abroad. Shame on me.
|What this doesn't show you is the WIND!|
|The long and winding road|
Much of this ride is not very picturesque to be honest. There is a lot of poverty here and much of the area is run down, with lots of fly tipping and litter adording the roadsides, which I see no point in photographing. I have to say that it's time for a massive litter clean up around this route. The further away from Famagusta I got the better the views became. The mountains loom up in front of you as you ride. Usually I can't wait to get into the mountains here, there are spectacular, but today the wind was killing me and I was pleased I wasnt about to start climbing as well. I finished off the ride next to the pool here with an ice cold carton of pinapple juice, just the job!
|Rubic grabbing some shade|
This is a good training ride for those needing to train against the wind...ha ha! It's flat and the road surfaces are good all along the route. The traffic in and around Famagusta is like any city, so beware of the odd moment of madness from drivers, and a few potholes, but outside of the town all is once again good.
As with all rides here, be sure you take plenty of water.
|Sun set over the Plain I just rode over|