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Bicycle touring feed from Veronica Rizzoli - 22 Jan 2022

Traveller: Veronica Rizzoli
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Tank top, sweater, light sweatshirt, heavy sweatshirt and windproof jacket. 😱

I wore all my bike repertoire and yet a damn draft, one of those that make you shiver from head to toe, managed to get through this time too. 😓

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The wind from the north-west, the direction in which we are pedaling, slaps us violently. At certain moments he is so stubborn that it seems to crash into an invisible and insurmountable wall and does not advance. Not even a meter. Yet it seemed to be a beautiful day with a turquoise sky and a bright sun lighting up the tent when we woke up… ⛺

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Now we have to admit it to ourselves: it’s January, winter has arrived here in Turkey and the temperatures have dropped drastically in recent days, so abruptly that the thermometer marks -16 ° C. ❄️ We arrive in Göksun at sunset, exhausted and cold as we have not been in months, after a day of battle against the windmills, like real Din Quixote. 😱

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The trendy cut young man smiles thoughtfully. Sitting at the reception desk of the hotel he is a bit hesitant: “Dogs wouldn’t be allowed, but if you guarantee me it won’t dirty or cause disasters …” 🐶 We guarantee with grateful eyes for the confidence because today, with these temperatures and our insufficient equipment, it would have been a “cool” ordeal sleeping outdoors. It takes us half an hour to recover a normal body temperature, while it will take much longer for us to decide to change our travel plans again.❄️

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When you have a destination in mind, it’s hard to get it out of your head to make room for other places. It’s like leaving a door ajar when it should be closed or open We fall asleep upset and even more confused by our own thoughts that cloud the mind and disturb sleep. Nala, quatta quatta, taking advantage of a gap between our feet, jumps on its cover lying on the bed, conquering half the mattress in a few minutes. Sometimes I just don’t realize how long she is lying down 🐶

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In the morning, after hours that are anything but restful, most of the doubts are resolved: we jump in the saddle and turn the wheels of our bicycles in favor of the wind, to the south, aiming for the Mediterranean Sea and leaving behind - not without regrets - the Cappadocia fairy chimneys, -16 ° C and 20 cm of abundant snow expected for the next few days.❄️ Will we have made the right choice? Is there a right choice? Who will live, will see 😉 #backtothewest

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