Ersin Vural, who decided to go to China by bicycle from Istanbul to draw attention to air pollution and the importance of the Silk Road, reached his hometown of Muş Varto. Vural, who was breathing in his mother’s house, started his journey again without stopping.
Born in Muş, Ersin Vural is 40 years old. Having a regular job, Vural resigned from his job last April and continues his decision to go from Istanbul to China by bicycle. Starting from Istanbul to go to the Silk Road by bicycle, Vural reached Onpınar (Emeran) village of Varto, his mother’s village. Vural, who will stay here for a few days, will spend time with nature and his relatives. Meanwhile, we had a meaningful and emotional conversation with Vural, who also visited me. He said he went a little off the list he mentioned earlier. “I will finish the Turkey leg as Bitlis and Van after Urfa, Diyarbakır, Varto,” he said.
‘Never in my life did I accept ordinary life’
Ersin Vural, as @geziniyoo, is trying to promote every place he goes on his Instagram page, both with his shootings and live broadcasts. “I have never accepted ordinary life in any moment of my life,” said Vural. He states that he has always planned to live differently. Stating that he made a tour of Azerbaijan in 2019, Vural said, “On a sign, it is 15 km from Baku. It was showing 2,330 km to the roast. I asked myself ‘continue’. I couldn’t continue then. “April 10, when I created my conditions, became the way for me to continue.”
By resigning from his 23-year business life, Vural makes it his goal to create a new beginning by going beyond the ordinary life impositions of creating himself in life. He says that if he works for two years, his bonus will be full, but he will retire at the age of 60. “At the age of 60, it is impossible for me to travel the world by bike. Life cannot be postponed,” says Vural.
Vural said, “We can only be happy when we realize our dreams and ideals. During my mother’s treatment, the doctor said, “She will live for 3 months,” and she survived for 17 months. During this time, I took her a walk in nature. She would always say, “This is the first time in my life that I have traveled this much”. This affected me a lot. Everyone had a life they wanted to live. While some strive for it, others give up because they think it cannot happen.”
Despite the opposition of everyone, especially his family, Vural managed to convince them. Despite his younger brother’s constant objections to “something happens to him, what do we not hear”, Vural says that he managed to convince his family and all his fans while pursuing his dream. Vural describes the process after persuasion as follows: “Now they are more relaxed. At first they were calling often. When I say, ‘Don’t call, I’ll have an accident or else’, my brother doesn’t call often anymore.”
Vural, who has the ability to communicate with everyone, also emphasizes that his two-month bicycle journey is met with great interest and relevance wherever he goes.
Silkroad route from Serhat is also a bridge for peace
Noting that they had previously traveled to the Silk Road from the Black Sea, Vural said, “I preferred to go from the Serhat region. Because there are serious prejudices in the way east and west look at each other. The war affected both sides. The mutual prejudice is quite deep. Empathy is important, people’s pain is common. It is possible to say that the sections fed by this war have come to their advantage and even fueled it,” he draws attention to the problems.
Noting that he stayed by wearing a Turkish flag on his bike, Vural said, “Those who say thank you when entering Urfa, you will encounter a false reaction in Diyarbakır,” said Vural. But I never took it off. I did not encounter any backlash. In both places. Everyone in the region shared their home, table and life. I saw that our prejudices are deep. At most, we can get rid of these prejudices and experience true peace and common unity. Otherwise, if this mutual perspective is not broken, the violence of discrimination continues on both sides. It is even more important in this sense from Serhat to İpekyolu.”
Stating that he recorded his entire journey, Vural said, “When I reach my goal, I also plan to write a book about my experiences. I take it as a principle to look at life with an unbiased perspective.”
Translator :Akif Coşkun