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Join us on our Great Bikaner Relief Ride as we ride through the dunes of Northwestern Rajasthan

Watch Relief Riders International's Give a Goat program at work.

Walk through one of RRI’s Dental Camp with Alexander Souri

Unable to join us on a ride this year? Purchase a cataract surgery or buy a goat for a family in need.

Read recent reviews of our Relief Rides on Much Better Adventures.

"In my field of travel writing, the description 'life-changing' is bandied about loosely, but I could not be more sincere when I say this trip (February 2007 Nagaur Relief Ride) changed my life." (read more)
-- Andrew Mersmann, author of Frommer's "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference"


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Relief Riders International
P. O. Box 615
Great Barrington, MA

(413) 329-5876

April 22, 2012

Dear Friends-

Fresh off of the success of our two Indian Relief Rides, we are now focussing our efforts and looking forward to a beautiful and purposeful experience in central Turkey.

Join us on our June 2012 Cappadocia Relief Ride from June 19th through July 1st, 2012, as we ride through central and outer Cappadocia, breathing in a big sky landscape, experiencing local culture and enjoying sumptuous Turkish food.

Nothing can quite express the feeling and experience when riders and community come together to leave a place better than they found it. The ride is energized by the vital and meaningful work we have planned installing playgrounds and performing dental camps in the rural Turkish villages we will visit.

I'd like to share a personal account from Relief Rider Wayne Meaney of our 2011 Cappadocia Relief Ride.

Time travel with a purpose in Cappadocia!

We rode for hours along rivers, over stunning mountains, and through the dry grasslands of the Cappadocian landscape. Our support truck, a mobile kitchen with a fold-down dining table for ten under an awning, arrived ahead of us at our campsite each day.

Tents were already pitched, sleeping bags already laid on foam mattresses, oil lanterns already hung, and the crew would untack and groom our horses.

These guys worked hard for us. We would eat well—tender and juicy chicken or lamb barbecued over the campfire coals, or trout with garlic, lemon and rosemary—and typically finish the night around the campfire drinking beer, wine or Raki.

And that's just the daily routine.

Hot spring swimming pools. A hot air balloon ride over mysterious fairy chimneys. Stunning Byzantine frescoes in cave monasteries. And time travel: whirling dervishes in a 13th-century outpost after approaching on horseback over the Silk Road.

And we helped people. To experience a culture, there is nothing like offering a hand. The genuine humanity and hospitality of the Anatolian Turks gave depth to the whole endeavor.

I made a dozen friends in the fellow riders and we still keep in touch. I've traveled a lot, and this was one of the best things I've ever done. Honestly.

— G. Wayne Meaney

Click here for Marc Lecureuil's stunning visual experience of last year's Relief Ride in Turkey.

Unable to join us on our Relief Ride in Turkey? We hope you will consider joining us on another one of our Relief Rides:

2012 Relief Ride Schedule:

June 2012 Nevsehir Relief Ride Cappadocia
June 19th through July 1st, 2012

November 2012 Pushkar Relief Ride
13th through 28th November, 2012

The ride fee for the November 2012 Pushkar Relief Ride is USD 7500 (USD 7725 if paying by credit card)

2013 Relief Ride Schedule:

February 2013 Bikaner Relief Ride
2nd through 16th February, 2013

February 2013 Chanod Relief Ride
February 25th through March 8th, 2013

Hope all of you are having a wonderful spring!


Alexander Souri

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."
                               -- Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

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