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Blog Post: Inebolu-Cide-Bartin
Monday, July 14th was the ninth day of our Black Sea cycling trip from Hopa to Istanbul. After breakfast at our motel in Inebolu, we were greated by Jandarma that was assigned to provide us security. They advised us to avoid taking the coastal road to Cide due to problems with the road surface and risk of accidents in that segment. Hence we changed course and took the inland route with our bus. We were eventually dropped off with our bicycles past the village of Kule, at the top of a mountain range. The 50 km. down hill ride was thrilling and most enjoyable. The landscape consisted of forests, gourges and small pleatues. The environment was vibrant and bursting with colors while the ambiance was serene and peacefull. For lunch we arrived at the small hamlet of Senpazari with a popullation of less than two thousand. We were met by the village mayor and treated to a tradional cafateria meal. After a short meeting at city hall about our cycling tour and charitable project, we were back on the road with our jandarma escort. Once again we had a wonderful ride along the mountain range as we approached Cide. The scenery reminded us of the Blue Ridge mountains with everglades and occasional creeks and farms. This landscape is quite different than the baren mountains of western Anatolia. In Cide we stayed at the Turizm teaching motel along the coastal promenade. The young riders had a chance to swim in the Black Sea and others took the opportunity to catch up with administrative work at home (via the internet and phone). We also had a chance to visit Gideson, a small water inlet about 10 minutes to Cide. This gave us an opportunity to relax and take a short ride in a small wooden boat in the protected harbor. In the evening we ventured into downtown Cide for dinner and later enjoyed board games the cafe.
Tuesday July 15th, we departed our motel in route to Bartin. After about 30 kilometers along the coastal road, we arrived at the border of Bartin province. Due to poor road surface from construction we had to bring the bikes into the van and drive until we came near Amasra. There we enjoyed fish sandwich and mussles at a food stand and later took a swim at the local beach. Before departing for our afternoon ride we had a teleinterview with Karadeniz TV. Getting back on the bikes we made our way through the forest roads and small creeks where Murat was able to take exceptional videography of our ride. Upon arrival in Bartin were greeted by Yasar bey and Colonel Mehmet who has planned to join our ride tomorrow morning. In Bartin, Cemal had an opportunity to meet with his sister and her family, who brought us borek and sarma for snack. After a short break at the tea garden we had iftar dinner at city hall and met with the mayor.