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BikeAbout Log

At 6:00 PM
April 2, 1998

Sunrise (local): 6:26 a.m.
Sunset (local): 7:05 p.m.
63°F cloudy
Traveled Since Last Dispatch
25 mi / 41 km

Cumulative Total
3455 mi / 5563 km
Lat: 41° 18' 57" N
Lon: 19° 49' 14" E
Elev: 344 ft / 105 m

Fast Facts

Where We Are: Tirana
Where We're Staying: two different host families - Ethan and Corinne are at the Berisha home, while Anthony and Padraic are staying at the Tjegulla family residence
Places We Visited: Qemal Stafa and Ismail Qemali Secondary Schools, Durrës
Featured Site: Durrës
Person of the Day: our wonderful host families
What We Ate:
Food of the Day: homemade yogurt
Breakfast: none
Lunch: watercress soup, stewed beef, french fries, bread and kiwi
Dinner: salad, chicken, french fries, pickled peppers and fruit
Olive count: 1972
Word of the Day: "Shqipëri" click for audio clip is how you say "Albania" in Albanian. Actually, "Shqipëri" means "land of the eagles" ("shqipörija" is how you say "eagle").
Tech Fact of the Day: the visa problem
Flat Count (Cumulative): 22
Broken Spoke Count (Cumulative): 28
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Next Stop: We will be staying in Tirana for the next few nights.

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