A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post saying that I wasn’t going to head off on any big solo adventures this summer. It turns out I couldn’t just sit in my underpants in the house for a whole three weeks so I changed my mind and made a last-minute plan to cycle around the coast of Cyprus. This was a relatively easy adventure to organise. As I live in Cyprus, I didn’t need to fly out here. I already had all the equipment I needed so it was really just a matter of packing then hopping onto my bike and start peddling. I had the time off from work so the only thing stopping me was my own desire to cycle for 400 miles in 30+ degrees heat.
When I wrote that post about not going on any adventures, I was being sincere and honestly didn’t plan on heading off on any jollies. However, one of my biggest character traits (or faults) is my impulsive nature. My wife would probably say I am spontaneous and unpredictable. I see it as being flexible. Flexible enough to be able to plan and organise a week-long adventure without about five hours notice. Lucia is strangely understanding when it comes to supporting my silly adventure ideas. Here is the video I posted to Facebook where Lucia enthusiastically agrees to my proposal to head off on my Cyprus cycle.
Unlike most of my adventures, this one involved very little planning. I had previously mentioned the idea to my wife in a passing conversation but discounted the idea because of the temperatures in Cyprus during. It’s often so hot that being outside can become unbearable. I put this to one side and decided to head off regardless.
Time to reflect
I’m now sat at home after completing the Cyprus cycle. It was a whirlwind week and a real delight of an adventure. I feel privileged to be able to experience the different cultures that exist in the North and South of Cyprus. Here is a quick run through of the stats from the adventure:
377.11 miles (607km) total distance cycled in 6 days
18,654ft (5686m) climbed
67 kph top speed
1 fall (a pathetic one on a dirt road)
3 wild camps
2 nights in budget hotels
4 chases from wild and angry dogs
65 litres of water consumed
2 swims in the sea
Many welcoming and friendly people met along the way
I have so many thoughts, tips and advice to pass on from my experience. As a start, I’ve put together a list of the kit and equipment I used for the adventure.
It is difficult to talk about Cyprus and not mention the fact that the country is still divided, especially as I cycled around the coast of both sides of the divide. I have no intention of getting involved with the politics surrounding the divide. What I do want to say is that even though the Greek and Turkish Cypriots are physically divided by the green zone, culturally worlds apart, speak a different language and follow different regions – they are united by their common identity as Cypriots and this shone through all the people I met throughout the adventure.
Here are the recorded routes that I have uploaded to Strava from the six days I spent cycling around Cyprus. Feel free to check out each day for details of the route and follow me on Strava so you can see how little training I do for each adventure.
My next post will be a collection of some of the photographs I took from the adventure. The old saying a picture paints a thousand words is still true so I will let my pictures do the talking.