Sivrihisar – Gaziantep, Turkey (12 – 22 Dec) Total miles cycled: 3,250 (5,230km) Thigh status: Lou Ferrigno Read an edited version of this blog in Cycling World magazine. So this is how it ends, I think to myself. Sprawled face down on a granite slab, rump in the air,...

View accompanying photo galleries here and here. Istanbul – Sivrihisar, Turkey (26 Nov – 12 Dec) Total miles cycled: 2,740 (4,410km) Thigh status: Two fat ladies [caption id="attachment_1750" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sunrise over the Bosphorus, taken from window of K & B's incredible apartment in Istanbul. Takes all...

Hamzabeyli, Bulgaria to Istanbul, Turkey (7 – 20 Nov) Total miles cycled: 2,440 (3,927km) Thigh status: Elephant seal For all wannabe crooks, swindlers and general ne'er-do-wells out there, I have a word of advice: become a tour cyclist. Everyone trusts you and welcomes you into their lives, without...

  Harmanli, Bulgaria to Hamzabeyli, Turkey (2 – 8 Nov) Total miles cycled: 2,130 (3,428km) Thigh status: Barrage balloon As soon as I arrive in Harmanli, I'm approached by a small, swarthy man with a wolfish grin. 'Hello, beautiful,' he says. 'Can I show you around?' It's probably not...

  Podgorica, Montenegro to Serbia/Kosovo border (26 Sep – 14 Oct) Total miles cycled: 1,340 (2,157km) Thigh status: pygmy hippopotamus 'Politics, problem!' says the man, handing me a spoon of home-made honey. 'Corrupt-zion, problem! Arsenal, problem! Arsene Wenger, catastroph!' P and I are at Lake Skadar, Montenegro, sampling a few...

  Kostajnica, Bosnia to Podgorica, Montenegro (20 – 28 Sep) Total miles cycled: 1,118 (1,800km) Thigh status: Mini-Zeppalin  The best thing about camping is the joy you feel when you don't have to do it. My first night in Bosnia is spent in a cheap motel, under a firm...