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. The dispatches for Turkey will be presented in geographical rather than chronological order. To view the chronological order, go to the itinerary.

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BikeAbout Log

At 6:00 PM
February 25, 1998

Sunrise (local): 6:46 a.m.
Sunset (local): 5:49 p.m.
58°F partly cloudy
Traveled Since Last Dispatch
29 mi / 47 km

Cumulative Total (all groups)
3030 mi / 4879 km
Lat: 41° 00' 32" N
Lon: 28° 58' 52" E
Elev: 22 ft / 35 m

Fast Facts

Where We Are: Istanbulclick to view a mapvisit the World Heritage Site pagevisit the World Heritage City page
Where We're Staying: Behan click to view a photograph and her sister's place
Places We Visited: Gallipoli Peninsula, some unmarked ruins, the Dardanelles Strait
Featured Site: the Dardanelles Strait, the gateway to Europe and Asia, connecting the Aegean and Marmara Seas
Person of the Day: Curt and Dale, the couple on bikes from Canada!
What We Ate:
Food of the Day: Van Peyniri, or Otlu Peynir is "mountain cheese" click to view a photograph
Breakfast: Gülden bread, yogurt, quince and plum jam
Lunch: Gülden bread and plum jam, fruit
Dinner: sautéed vegetables, rice, tea
Olive count: 1770
Word of the Day: "Mutlu Yillar" means "Happy Years" and is the Turkish way to say "Happy Birthday!" In case you ever need to know... (Another way to say Happy Birthday in Turkish is "Dogumgünün Kutlu Olsun")
Tech Fact of the Day: Turkish restaurants have separate dining rooms for single women called the aile salonu - but andrEa and Corinne refused to sit there.
Flat Count (Cumulative): 21
Broken Spoke Count (Cumulative): 26
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