Manta Saddle

Manta Saddle

I’ve been riding the Manta for 3 years so I feel it’s about time that I wrote about it. Sorry Jon for how long it’s taken.

Back story
Long-distance tourers store their things in Ortliebs, put Schwalbe Marathons on their wheels and sit on a Brooks B17. That was how the world seemed back in 2010 when I started buying things to go on my tour. Knowing not much, I decided that everyone else probably knew best. I picked up a complete set of Ortliebs for my stuff

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Cyprus

Copper gets its name from here as was massive source

The ferry arrived in Girne, where I got off and realised it was home to many terrible drivers. I was right

My earphones got caught on the door of the ferry so died and were replaced by 2 euro ones from China Bazaar which were crackly and terrible. Barely worth buying, and failed within a few days.

“A revolutionary is only a terrorist until he has achieved his revolution.”

My thoughts about Turkish Cypriot drivers was confirmed when

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Turkey

Turkey

Here are my notes from my time in Turkey! They’re a bit varied but hopefully cover some of what I learnt while there.

Met a fellow Thorn owner, Richard, at the border with Greece (which I hopped through briefly to avoid a busier border crossing) and we hung out a bit in Erdine. First time seeing a fellow Thorn owner out and about that I can think of.

I got my first host to translate an introduction letter for me from English to Turkish as it’s one of the first countries I’ve visited

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