While the majority of cyclists have chosen the northern route, some have chosen a route to the south. Alain and Jean-Claude Viguier had explained to me that they preferred this route more mountainous for the beauty of landscapes, despite a greater distance to arrive in China: 15000 km instead of 12000. When you love, you don't count! (french proverb)
Today, Justin and Anne-Sophie, pedalling and rowing on their tandem, are the first to approach Istanbul. Jean-Claude and Alain Viguier are right behind them. A little further behind, arrive Youssef El Haouass and Mohamed Said Jeberi, in tandem, then Patrice Dhanshri in trike.