Banat – Papaya Farewell Epic

This was Papaya’s last ride (with me, at least). We had 6 seasons together (well… during 2017 I only got one weekend in, due to my knee injury+surgery). We rode 3416 km, most of them on some mountains somewhere awesome. We’ve went through many adventures: – biking in hot dusty isolated Henry Coe State Park – night biking in Santa Cruz – crossing Vrancea’s mountains in search of large carnivores Continue…

Wadi Rum

Left Wadi Musa early in the morning. Took a mini bus to Wadi Rum Village, the entry point to the Wadi Rum Protected Area, another one of Jordan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Wadi Rum is basically a desert. A rocky one, with cliffs jutting out of the valley floor, but nonetheless a desolate place. Besides tourism, Wadi Rum can hardly support any human activity. This area is pretty popular, not Continue…

Visiting Istanbul with Turkish Airlines’ Free Tours

Traveling with Turkish Airlines and having a long layover in Istanbul? Then takes advantage of their free tours. We only had time for their short sightseeing tour. It was 2.5 hours long and it just drove us through downtown Istanbul, stopping at Galata Bridge and then at Dolmabahce Palace. Nothing on the tour was new to us. We’ve seen Istanbul before in depth. It was time better spent than inside Continue…