The Boys (and Girls) are back in Town
Todayâ€™s stage took us from Fredâ€™s Wedding Party to Duzce â€“ a small town inland from the Black Sea. This meant a night in a hotel, soft beds and hot showers which for some (after two nights under canvas) were a welcome relief. For everyone it meant the special bonus of Miles and Hatice having access to a full kitchen and the result was a Kebab extravaganza.
We are now well away from Istanbul which after the bombings is probably no bad thing. The only scrape we have had so far has been on Stevenâ€™s chin â€“ quite a nasty one after a slide off the bike but nothing a few butterfly stitches couldnâ€™t fix.
There were a couple of hills again today but the highlight of the 116km had to be the lunchtime swim. We wonâ€™t be seeing the beach again for a few days as we are cutting across the base of the small hump on the coast that is home to Sinop, so quite a few riders took advantage (although Joust was the only one to go â€˜Dutch/Au Naturalâ€™).
Dan now has the Duck after paying $5 dollars for a razor when he had been asked for only 5 cents but he says itâ€™s worth its weight in gold!
Punctures: 3 today, total 8
Days to go: 107