In the 2nd half of 2012 I cycled from Scotland to Istanbul. Now it's winter and I'm still in Istanbul. My original plan was to carry on cycling east, into Iran. But I know now that the Anatolian plateau is impassable in winter. So I'm looking into a possible Black Sea coast route, into Georgia and then Armenia or Azerbaijan, and finally Iran (cycling along the southern side of Turkey is ruled out because of safety concerns).
What do you guys think? I know it will be cold and rainy. I also know that much of that road, the D010, is now a 4-lane highway so not the most picturesque road by any means. But still... do you think it is possible to cycle this route, and would it be enjoyable at least some of the time? Thanks!
My blog, with all the info about my trip (Spanish only): viajeropractico.com