On the Lycian coast along the south coast of the vast country are ancient sites located in Ephesus, Dalyan, Patara, Fethiye and Kas surrounded by unparalleled nature. A labyrinth of mountains, beaches and rivers in a unique ecosystem that combines sunshine and sea breezes amid the ruins ancient cultures from the Hittite, Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman civilizations. All this combined with beautiful blue skies, pristine beaches and the charm of the Mediterraean lifestyle...

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Kate & Melissa
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1000 Continual Days at Sea

Cycling Silk is a cycling expedition following the Silk Road between Europe and Asia. Kate Harris and Melissa Yule have set a goal to explore existing and proposed transboundary conservation initiatives in mountainous regions as they pedal along the Silk Road, using bicycles as vehicles for adventure and environmental advocacy. They have departed Istanbul, Turkey and will end their journey in Leh, India about 12 months later. Their journey will take them through Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Nepal, and India.

These childhood friends are no strangers to challenges. Both ran the New York City marathon just for the hell of it back in 2004, cycled for two months through ten states climbing elevation grades equivalent to riding Mt. Everest as they rode coast-to-coast across the North American continent in 2005 and cycled across Tibet and Xinjiang on China's Silk Road in 2006. Kate obtained a Masters degree with a thesis on transboundary conservation and conflict resolution at Oxford, and an additional Masters in earth and planetary science from MIT. Melissa has worked on long-term environmental and community development projects in Ecuador and Nigeria, as well as a Masters in sustainable development and capacity building from the University of Guelph in Ontario.

Follow Melissa and Kate at and on their Facebook page. Keep up with the travels of these remarkable Canadian women and be sure to contribute to their scurvy avoidance fund on their website

To take a look at an exceptional video of the first few months of the journey click here. When you see this video you will see that this is not a casual tour on bicycles, but an extreme test of endurance and commitment, so do visit the Cycling Silk website and make some sort of contribution to insure a safe and successful journey for Kate and Melissa.

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