I thought it could be interesting to see some the best cycle touring days you guys ever had. I know it's tough, but try to pick 30-50 miles (roughly an easy day) you could say it was the best ride ever. Where was it? and why was it so special? a stunning landscape, an amazing encounter, an incredible meal, the magic of a sweet downhill, a great tailwind... a nice mix of those... whatever it is. And if you can't pick just one, write down 2!
OK I start:
It's taking place in august, in the Syrian desert. After a nice dinner made of mutton and camel milk (the milk was not that great) with the local Bedouins it was time for my wife and I to leave the oasis of Palmyra sitting in the middle of the desert. Cause of the painful temperature during the daytime, we decided to leave at dusk. What a great idea! We were heading north towards the Kurdish part of the country to go back to Turkey. The temperature was just perfect, the brand new asphalt felt like riding inside of a mall. The silence was absolutely perfect: not a single car, no clicking wheel thanks to my Shimano silent hub, just the smooth friction of the tires. Thanks to the very dry air, the full moon was astonishingly bright, so bright that we turned our lights off. The silence, the gentle breeze, the obscurity only broken by the moon, the easy ride... riding the immensity of a desert in those conditions was truly a beautiful experience.
Your turn now...