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.
topics: geography, Constantine the Great, HISTORY, Constantinople/Istanbul; jump to dispatch
|At 6:00 PM|
February 26, 1998
|Sunrise (local): 6:45 a.m.|
Sunset (local): 5:50 p.m.
|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
- Where We Are: Istanbul
- 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, Ephesus, Artemision (Temple of Artemis), Ephesus Museum, Selçuk, Izmir, 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" 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
Next Stop: We stay in Istanbul for a while.
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