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 26, 1998

Sunrise (local): 6:45 a.m.
Sunset (local): 5:50 p.m.
55°F sunny
Traveled Since Last Dispatch
38 mi / 62 km

Cumulative Total (all groups)
3068 mi / 4941 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: the newly arrived guys spent a night at the Yücelt Interyouth Hostel, while Corinne and andrEa have been staying at Behan's house
Places We Visited: Söke, Ephesusclick to view a map, Artemision (Temple of Artemis), Ephesus Museum, Selçuk, Izmirclick to view a map, Sea of Marmara, Bosporus Strait
Featured Site: Sea of Marmara
Person of the Day: Emperor Constantine the Great
What We Ate:
Food of the Day: el basti
Breakfast: pastries (prune, cheese, honey) and tea
Lunch: spicy lentil soup, salad, rice and pan-fried mushroom mix
Dinner: chicken soup, Turkish salad (of tomatoes, lettuce, feta-ish cheese, and cucumbers), roast chicken and rice
Olive count: 1779
Word of the Day: "Lütfen" click to hear an audio clip means "Please" in Turkish
Tech Fact of the Day: Connected by two huge suspension bridges, Istanbul is a city that spans two continents. European Istanbul is irrevocably tied to Anatolian (or Asian) Istanbul. There is another country in the Mediterranean that is spread across two continents. Which one is it? And speaking of random geographical divisions, Fethiye, the last city in which they guys stopped after their sprint across the south, is the dividing point between Mediterranean Turkey and Aegean Turkey. That is why the guys biked to there and the ladies started from just beyond it.
Flat Count (Cumulative): 21
Broken Spoke Count (Cumulative): 26
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