World Tour

While you make your own plans, life has other plans for you 1024 768 Gürkan Genç
While you make your own plans, life has other plans for you

I was not sure whether to stay in Santiago or not for a while. But then I got a good opportunity to improve my Spanish a bit. Furthermore, I had some books which I wanted to read and books we were writing together with my friend Mine Poge. I thought…

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From the north of Argentine to the north of Chile on bike 1024 576 Gürkan Genç
From the north of Argentine to the north of Chile on bike

I passed the Paraguay Argentine border at such a silly point such I’ve never seen before… There is a river flowing between the two countries which acts as a natural border. You need to take the bridge to cross the border but only for pedestrians. Being so, the open-air market…

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Paraguay a unique country in South America

When I came to the border gate on Brazil side, I got pity for Namık Abi (elder brother in Turkish). There was really a heavy traffic. Dude, he’ll stew in this dress. If you drive a motorcycle than you are in trouble, haha. Afterwards I learned that it took one…

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I’ve pedaled in Brazil among the longest cultivated land I’ve seen after China, Asia 1024 768 Gürkan Genç
I’ve pedaled in Brazil among the longest cultivated land I’ve seen after China, Asia

Going through border of Brazilia was very easy. In fact it was really easy even though I didn’t have an exit visa from Uruguay. In 10 seconds passport was checked, got stamp, passing permision was given. After I passed, I met Capybaras, the world’s largest rodents, whom I had seen…

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A short bike tour in Uruguay

Crossing from Buenos Aires to Uruguay was a bit expensive though the trip was quite comfortable. The ferryboat services going directly from Buenos Aires to the capital of Uruguay are quite expensive. There are trips from Buenos Aires to Colon in Uruguay by ferryboat and from there to Montevideo by…

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Argentina’s rich land with lots of trucks

After leaving Ayhan and Mehmet, I proceeded to outside of the city almost never stopping. First I went to the north and then 50 kilometers to the northwest, and I managed to get out of the city. Getting out of the hustle of the city was very easy thanks to…

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The roads are endless in Patagonia in South America on bike. The nature is spectacular, the experiences worthless. 1024 768 Gürkan Genç
The roads are endless in Patagonia in South America on bike. The nature is spectacular, the experiences worthless.

After spending the night with the highway crew, I set off early in the morning with Nicholas. We’ll continue towards Torres Del Paine in Chile. The border cross was close to the place where the highway crew was staying, about 20 km or less. Before coming to the Argentinean border…

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Continuing towards El Calafate and El Chalten in Argentine from O’Higgens Mayer Pass in Chilean Patagonia on bike 1024 768 Gürkan Genç
Continuing towards El Calafate and El Chalten in Argentine from O’Higgens Mayer Pass in Chilean Patagonia on bike

After I left Hugo’s house I rode back for 14 km on the direction I came to O’Higgens and entered the Paso Rio Mayer route.  I really don’t like to ride back the road I came, doesn’t matter if it is 14 km or only 1 km but there isn’t…

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Carretera Austral in Chilean Patagonia on bike

  Carretera Austral is the legendary road of Patagonia in Chile. This 1240 km long road starts from Puerto Montt and ends in the town O’Higgins. In 2017 winter 60 % of this road was paved. I’m sure the rest will be paved because construction work was continuing in that…

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From Puerto Montt towards Chiloe Island on bike in Chile. 1024 576 Gürkan Genç
From Puerto Montt towards Chiloe Island on bike in Chile.

  After leaving Bariloche, I returned to Chile on an amazing route and was slowly advancing on the Todos Los Santos Lake watching the spectacular view of the Osorno Mountain. I’m on my own in the boat. As I had mentioned in my previous article, there aren’t many people traveling…

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“Paso Perez Rosales” the heaven I saw at  the border between two countries

  The geography and the quality of the road changed dramatically when I crossed Paso Mamuil pass from Pucon Chile to Argentine. While riding under rain on a good paved road on the Chilean side, entering Argentine at the other side of the mountain it was sunny and I started…

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And occasionally, my heart loathes to leave the villages and the small towns I am passing through. 1024 576 Gürkan Genç
And occasionally, my heart loathes to leave the villages and the small towns I am passing through.

  After I left Maria and her family’s house, I ride towards Temuco. It was very easy to find a place to camp along the way. Besides there were also cheap trailer parks called Hosteria on the roadsides in Chile.   Before arriving to Temuco, Onur and Ayfer, who had…

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It was backbreaking to continue towards south to Patagonia in Chile… 1024 683 Gürkan Genç
It was backbreaking to continue towards south to Patagonia in Chile…

  We set off early in the morning from our Santiago Embassy. I had met Engin Kaban in Turkey while riding through Izmir. He came to the presentation I was giving to the cycling enthusiasts and said: “Gurkan I’ll catch up with you somewhere in the world”. He also published…

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What I did during the period I stayed in Cape Town South Africa

  One day before my visa was due to expire I met Ali in Cape Town thanks to Kerem and Aysel. My plan taking a flight to Lusaka/Zambia (there I had friends) without my bags and then back seemed the best. By this way I could solve the visa problem.…

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What I saw on my bike along Garden Route in South Africa

14 I passed through the border gate of Lesotho to South Africa. At the border, I handed my passport waiting for the stamp applied valid for one month. It is allowed to stay one month without a visa in South Africa. The officer: You have already entered South Africa twice…

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