London -Erbil(Iraq) on 2 wheels

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by ebahassan, 8 Jan 2019.

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  1. Tigerbiten

    Tigerbiten Veteran

    Look up the long distance D-routes in Germany and join them together.
    The D8 (Rhine) -> D5 (Main) -> D9 (Canal) -> D6 (Danube) is probably the easiest route to navigate and is almost the shortest.
    That's the route I followed when I went that way.
    Also you can probably find online guides for each section of that route.

    You can shorten it a little by cutting corners (Frankfurt -> Nuremberg direct) but at the risk of more complex navigation.

    Luck ........... ^_^
     
  2. Brains

    Brains Guru

    Location:
    Greenwich
    use this to plan your route
    https://cycle.travel/map

    You leave the Rhine at Mainz
    Onto the River Main
    Past Frankfurt
    At Nurnburg,
    Either follow the new Rhein/Main/Danube Canal
    OR
    Take the nicer route by following the old Fossa Carolina route via Roth, Treuchtlingen and Weißenburg in Bayern on the Altmuhl river ​
    Join the Danube at Kelheim
    You can either leave the Danube at Belgrade and go across country,
    OR
    Go all the way to Silistra and then go south to the Turkish border​
    Next stop, Istanbul !
     
  3. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Location:
    Hampshire UK
    Sounds like a great ride. Do you have previous cycle touring experience? If not a few days away beforehand will help.

    At a practical level be ready for potential issues in eastern Turkey where border crossings and the whole area are likely to be suspicious or at least curious about your intentions. Do you still have an Iraqi passport or just UK? Presumably if UK you are aware of the requirements for getting into Iraq? (I don't, and don't want to patronise you, as you are probably well aware). I am guessing that for Turkey you will get a warmer and less critical reception from officials if you just go down the simple route of "I am British"....and don't voice any opinions about the Kurds.....

    All the Crazy Guy blogs I have read on Turkey and the Middle East (inc Iran, and until the war, Syria) suggest that the biggest problem you will encounter is the sheer friendliness and warmth of welcome and offers of tea, food and lodging.

    To my knowledge you will be the first cycle tourist I will have heard of in Iraq for many years or even decades!

    Happy cycling!
     
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  4. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

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    ....and if you can see it in your schedule to set up and write a Crazy Guy journal I would love to follow it.....
     
  5. Brains

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    URL ?
    I could not find it
     
  6. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

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    I was asking him to do one. No idea if he is
     
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  7. Brains

    Brains Guru

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    Yeah!
    he has got as far as Slovenia!
     
    Last edited: 9 Aug 2019
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  8. Brains

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    ebahassan

    ebahassan Über Member

    Hi Folks
    I’m doing well, I arrived in Belgrade yesterday, resting today then off to Sofia then Turkey
    You can follow me on instagram and Facebook Road2Erbil
    Soon I will publish my daily blogs on Crazy guy on the bike as well
     
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    ebahassan

    ebahassan Über Member

    Will post photos
     

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  11. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    Location:
    London
    Don't like fb so look forward to crazyguy link.
    All the best
     
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  12. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

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    Do you mean the cycletravel online route planner or traditional maps?
     
  13. Brains

    Brains Guru

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    The lad is getting a move on! Hungry today

    Today he seems to have been following Eurovelo 6.
    Taking the more direct main road routes rather than following cycle route along the Danube (which I would have thought maybe slower but flatter and more pleasant )
     
    Last edited: 14 Aug 2019
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  14. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Location:
    Glasgow
    I follow him on FB, he's got friends or family allover Europe, brilliant!
    @ebahassan you are doing great.
    Are you uploading to Strava?
     
  15. Brains

    Brains Guru

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    FB Page removed ??
    I was wondering how he was getting on ?
    Probably would be in Turkey by now
     
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