Webmaster's Note: Because the BikeAbout team is traveling in smaller groups for a little while, we have changed the format of the journal slightly. On the fast facts pages you will find fast facts for the lead group (today it's the guys, who are in Lebanon). Cumulative mile totals are for all groups combined. The rider notes pages associated with each group are on separate pages. On the rider notes page, we have placed the lead group's notes first, followed followed by other group(s). For your convenience, the "View Rider Notes" links jumps to the beginning of each specific group's rider notes. When the groups rejoin in late February or early March, we will return to the original format for these pages.

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BikeAbout Log

At 6:00 PM
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Sunrise (local): 6:33 a.m.
Sunset (local): 5:09 p.m.
65°F sunny
Traveled Since Feb. 3
22 mi / 36 km

Cumulative (all groups)
2068 mi / 3330 km
Lat: 34° 08' 07" N
Lon: 35° 38' 29" E
Elev: 338 ft / 103 m

Fast Facts

Where We Are: Byblos visit the World Heritage page
Where We're Staying: Camping Amchit les Colombes
Places We Visited: highway between Beirut and Byblos
Featured Site: Byblos visit the World Heritage page click to view a photograph
Person of the Day: Peter Speetjens click to view a photograph and Cynthia Zaven click to view a photograph
What We Ate:
Food of the Day: Lebanese bread
Breakfast: we woke up too late for breakfast
Lunch: we were too busy packing to eat anything
Dinner: chicken, humus, salad, and Lebanese bread
Olive Count: 1553
Word of the Day: Bokra click to hear an audio clip means "tomorrow," and lyom click to hear an audio clip means "today" in Lebanese Arabic.
Tech Fact of the Day: Many scholars believe that the precursor of the alphabets we know today was developed in Byblos.
Flat Count (Cumulative): 12
Broken Spoke Count (Cumulative): 26
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Next Stop: Tripoli!

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Meanwhile, Corinne and andrEa are still relaxing in the company of their new friends in Rhodes, Greece.

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