I like being in the apartment although it’s away from the city centre so no one to engage with.
The apartment is in SW Istanbul and I rode to Ceyhan’s workshop in the NE to service my bike. Although Ceyhan wasn’t there the guy across the way opened up for me and hey, what a great workshop / hangout. There were many bikes, some in parts, tools, sofas to chill on, fridges with beer…
I checked over the bike, topped up essential fluids, tightened loose bolts etc and after a few hours I was happy the bike was good for another couple of thousand miles before it would need an oil change, front brake pads etc.
As I have done for the last few days I headed into Central Istanbul to the hostel I previously stayed at. It’s great everyone knows me there so I chilled out and had a late lunch with Shelly before heading back to the apartment.
I’ve decided to leave here in a few days. I’ve been in contact with a Canadian guy called Garth who also needs a guide for Iran so after a few conversations we’ve agreed to meet at the Iranian boarder on about 10th June to travel across Iran and Pakistan together. Tonight I will plan the next 5 / 6 weeks. I am loving Istanbul and will return, I could live here. Everyone is so generous, friendly and helpful.
I’m also looking forward to riding alone to places unknown too.
Great story. Just goes to show how our lives are made up of small, tiny in fact, choices that we make every day and it's that which denmiertes our future.