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 Anthony, who is traveling in Syria). 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.

topics: bartoush (food), Norias of Hama, Crac des Chevaliers, health, Muslim Brotherhood, Phoenicians, agriculture, daily life; jump to dispatch

BikeAbout Log

At 6:00 PM
previous day's journalFebruary 8–10, 1998next day's journal
Sunrise (local): 6:30 a.m.
Sunset (local): 5:13 p.m.
55°F intermittent rain
Traveled Since Feb. 7
56 mi / 90 km

Cumulative (all groups)
2216 mi / 3568 km
Lat: 35° 30' 57" N
Lon: 35° 46' 14" E
Elev: 33 ft / 10 m

[Webmaster's note: This dispatch covers the days from February 8 to February 10. The almanac data refers to February 10.]

Fast Facts

Where We Are: Al-ladhiqiyah click to view a map
Where We're Staying: Hotel Kaoukab al-Charc
Places We Visited: Crac des Chevaliers, Hama, Norias of Hama
Featured Site: Crac des Chevaliers
Person of the Day: Norias of Hama
What We Ate:
Food of the Day: bartoush
Breakfast: prune roll
Lunch: nothing
Dinner: bartoush, humus, and chicken kebab
Olive Count: 1677
Word of the Day: Enta mejnoon click to hear an audio clip means "you're crazy" in Arabic.
Tech Fact of the Day: Bacteria
Flat Count (Cumulative): 17
Broken Spoke Count (Cumulative): 26
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Next Stop: Antakya, Turkey!

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Meanwhile, Ethan and Padraic are in Beirut trying to figure out how to get to or around Syria, and
Corinne and andrEa are still relaxing in the company of their new friends in Rhodes, Greece.

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