The Missing Piece

Posted by Krista

Istanbul, Turkey

Photo: Krista's previous trip, from Australia to Egypt by bicycle. Krista by a Syrian dwelling

I feel a great sense of achievement. In 1996, I set out to cycle solo from Australia to England. Two years, 12,000 kilometres and many adventures later, I arrived in Istanbul – the Gateway to Europe – … only 3,000 kilometres to go to reach my goal.

But it was November and Winter had arrived. Facing Winter in Eastern Europe, fresh from Communism, was not an attractive prospect. So I took a detour and cycled south through the Middle East and North Africa, hoping to reach England via sunnier climes.

However, this was not to be.

I was refused entry into Libya and upon my return to Cairo, my bicycle was stolen. My trip ended there.

Now, 10 years later, Daniel and I have finally reached Istanbul, having cycled from London across Europe … and I have completed the missing piece of my previous journey.

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