Adventure on the road with cyclist Abdulhalim Akçay : Part 2

By Ahmet Abdulaziz …..

As you know Abdulhalim Akçay, a cyclist, is presently touring Turkey on his bicycle. He intends to complete his tour, covering 81 provinces and 800 districts in a two year period. is following him on a day to day basis.

Hereunder is a summary of his ongoing adventure during last week 6th to 12th February 2019.

6th February 2019 – 70th day of the tour.

Stayed whole day in IGDIR. It was an opportunity to take some rest and also to go and visit places and to meet people here and there. Went fishing and ate fish.


7th February 2019 – 71st day of the tour. 

It rained most of the day, so he utilized the day to have more rest, and as the day to come will need more energy. He utilised this opportunity to service his bicycle.

8th February, 2019 – 72nd  day of the tour.

After staying 3 days in IGDIR, he pedalled to ultimately reach ÇEŞME. Çeşme is a beautiful touristic place. However, in winter, most of the buildings undergo repair, to make them available for the summer. He met a Dutch couple, who were also on their bicycle tour.


The local people, showed their interest , and invited him for tea and coffee at various stops.

9th February 2019 – 73rd day of the tour.

He went to the ALAÇATI area of Çeşme, which is an historical area. He toured the market, where people expressed their happiness to meet him.

10th February, 2019 – 74th  day of the tour.

Luckily he met Mr. Murat of BIKE CAFÉ, and spent good time with him. During the day he also came across Mr. Cengiz, who is well known for training pigeons. He enjoyed meeting him and seeing his pigeons.

He also met Pembe hanim of Urla Süslü women, with whom he had a lovely breakfast.


11th February, 2019 – 75th  day of the tour.

After a long ride he reached SEFERİHISAR. The night was spent at the TEOS Cultural camp. He spent a wonderful time and had a good night’s sleep in the room of the camp.

12th February 2019 – 76th  day of the tour.

So far he has toured 6 provinces and about 55 districts, along with innumerable municipalities. He spent the night as guest of Fatima hanim in SEFERİHİSAR.


Further on he went to the KAPLICAY area, where he took a hot water bath. On his return to the ÜRKMEZ area, he met Mr. Atilla and his wife Sevim. Mr. Atilla being a cyclist himself intends to go for a tour of Turkey.  It rained most of the time, so he stayed in his portable tent, within the municipality market.