London -Erbil(Iraq) on 2 wheels

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 ........... ^_^
 

Brains

Guru
Location
Greenwich
Hi
Thank you
where exactly or near which city I have to leave Rhine and join Danube canal to Danube River
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 !
 

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

Brains

Guru
Location
Greenwich
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 )
 
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