Turkey homework to do

by Kostadin Mutafchiev

5542km in 18 days · 143 views

Day 1, Friday, May 6

197km in 3h · 62km/h
  • Traveled 116km in 1h 53min
  • 15:51 29min Inaugural gas stop for this trip
  • Traveled 81km in 1h 16min
  • 17:38 16h 17min Nice meetup with a friend and a good night's sleep

Day 2, Saturday, May 7

327km in 5h · 64km/h
  • Traveled 72km in 55min
  • 10:51 Stop for 6min
  • Traveled 60km in 50min
  • 11:48 1h 16min A late breakfast or early lunch in Alexandroupoli
  • Traveled 44km in 37min
  • 13:42 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 2km in 4min
  • 13:50 Stop for 10min
  • Traveled 12km in 11min
  • 14:12 Stop for 9min
  • Traveled 97km in 1h 05min
  • 15:27 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 40km in 47min
  • 16:17 17h 50min First night in Turkey, Canakkale

Day 3, Sunday, May 8

405km in 6h · 59km/h
  • Traveled 174km in 2h 26min
  • 12:33 31min Gas and some rest from the traffic
  • Traveled 48km in 34min
  • 13:39 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 101km in 1h 41min
  • 15:25 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 4km in 15min
  • 15:43 1h 08min You have a delivery! Brought a package from Sofia to a fellow biker. Shared some stories on a cup of tea and some pastry.
  • Traveled 78km in 1h 12min
  • 18:04 1d 15h Let's check Ephesus

Day 4, Monday, May 9

Day 5, Tuesday, May 10

527km in 7h · 73km/h
  • Traveled 80km in 1h 11min
  • 10:51 Stop for 7min
  • Traveled 87km in 1h 01min
  • 12:00 Stop for 12min
  • Traveled 149km in 1h 57min
  • 14:10 1h 43min A bit of exploring on a desolated ancient city - Pinara
  • Traveled 113km in 1h 37min
  • 17:31 19min Almost out of gas, but still managed to get to the station. Myra was closed already, unfortunately
  • Traveled 98km in 1h 28min
  • 19:19 17h 59min A night in Kemer - a smallish resort full of Russion tourists

Day 6, Wednesday, May 11

382km in 5h · 57km/h
  • Traveled 138km in 2h 09min
  • 15:28 Stop for 11min
  • Traveled 86m in 17s
  • 15:39 Stop for 13min
  • Traveled 2km in 3min
  • 15:56 1h 01min Lunch in the canyon
  • Traveled 78km in 1h 05min
  • 18:03 Stop for 16min
  • Traveled 75km in 52min
  • 19:12 Stop for 9min
  • Traveled 89km in 1h 12min
  • 20:34 14h 45min Finally reached Beysehir after a chilling ride through several mountain passes around 1400-1500 above sea level and following a rain cloud. The teacher's house, however is pretty nice for the next to nothing money, they want for a night.

Day 7, Thursday, May 12

461km in 6h · 73km/h
  • Traveled 23km in 19min
  • 11:39 22min Hitit site with nice spring in it
  • Traveled 117km in 1h 21min
  • 13:23 Stop for 13min
  • Traveled 74km in 45min
  • 14:22 29min Sultanhani - one of the bigger caravansarai
  • Traveled 33km in 28min
  • 15:20 Stop for 10min
  • Traveled 108km in 1h 16min
  • 16:48 24min An unplanned fill up after trying to reach Tuz Golu only using road signs.
  • Traveled 311m in 1min
  • 17:13 Stop for 10min
  • Traveled 48km in 31min
  • 17:56 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 58km in 52min
  • 18:53 21h 27min Hello, Cappadocia!

Day 8, Friday, May 13

93km in 2h · 39km/h
  • Traveled 39km in 35min
  • 16:56 50min Derinkuyu underground city
  • Traveled 39km in 35min
  • 18:22 Stop for 6min
  • Traveled 2km in 3min
  • 18:32 52min Imagination valley
  • Traveled 13km in 16min
  • 19:41 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 459m in 2min
  • 19:46 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 588m in 2min
  • 19:50 15h 01min Early bedtime as we were up at 4 in the morning for the baloon flight

Day 9, Saturday, May 14

54km in 1h · 35km/h
  • Traveled 6km in 13min
  • 11:05 Stop for 11min
  • Traveled 8km in 14min
  • 11:31 2h 28min Zelve open air museum
  • Traveled 13km in 17min
  • 14:17 2h 00min Uchisar castle and lunch
  • Traveled 42m in 9s
  • 16:18 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 5km in 9min
  • 16:30 23min Love valley
  • Traveled 5km in 6min
  • 17:00 Stop for 5min
  • Traveled 12km in 16min
  • 17:22 Stop for 7min
  • Traveled 6km in 9min
  • 17:39 16h 35min Last night in Cappadocia

Day 10, Sunday, May 15

347km in 5h · 70km/h
  • Traveled 74km in 58min
  • 11:12 Stop for 13min
  • Traveled 99km in 1h 08min
  • 12:34 1h 10min The best adana kebap so far
  • Traveled 45km in 51min
  • 14:37 32min Gulek castle - not much has left from the castle, but the locals are extensively using the area as a picnic spot
  • Traveled 90km in 1h 23min
  • 16:33 Stop for 7min
  • Traveled 39km in 33min
  • 17:13 17h 33min A small seaside town and the first hotel we stumbled into

Day 11, Monday, May 16

366km in 5h · 54km/h
  • Traveled 78km in 1h 07min
  • 11:55 Stop for 5min
  • Traveled 267m in 32s
  • 12:01 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 89km in 1h 16min
  • 13:19 Stop for 15min
  • Traveled 77km in 58min
  • 14:33 55min Soup and an enourmous dundurma
  • Traveled 121km in 1h 39min
  • 17:07 16min Found the hotel and unloaded
  • Traveled 67m in 1min
  • 17:25 16h 19min The hotel's parking is a bit off-site

Day 12, Tuesday, May 17

353km in 6h · 55km/h
  • Traveled 17km in 15min
  • 10:00 Stop for 5min
  • Traveled 13km in 15min
  • 10:20 29min This should be the Karakus Tumulus
  • Traveled 12km in 16min
  • 11:06 24min Cendere bridge - a renovated Roman bridge with some parts being actually ancient
  • Traveled 19km in 23min
  • 11:53 15min Changing a tyre of a car full of Kazakh women just below mount Nemrut. You have to give back to the road :)
  • Traveled 2km in 2min
  • 12:12 Stop for 8min
  • Traveled 1km in 1min
  • 12:22 1h 30min Mount Nemrut
  • Traveled 29km in 46min
  • 14:40 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 50km in 52min
  • 15:34 46min A stop by Kara Murat. Excellent kawurma.
  • Traveled 47km in 45min
  • 17:07 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 102km in 1h 08min
  • 18:18 21min A regular gas station stop turned into a conversation about local produce then into tasting of nuts and sweets
  • Traveled 59km in 1h 02min
  • 19:43 15h 31min Kemaliye, on the Euphrates river

Day 13, Wednesday, May 18

294km in 4h · 42km/h
  • Traveled 4km in 5min
  • 11:20 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 736m in 3min
  • 11:27 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 481m in 1min
  • 11:31 Stop for 6min
  • Traveled 3km in 8min
  • 11:45 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 3km in 8min
  • 11:57 Stop for 4min
  • Traveled 120km in 1h 38min
  • 13:41 54min A much needed stop for rest/coffee/desert
  • Traveled 122km in 1h 23min
  • 15:59 Stop for 9min
  • Traveled 41km in 38min
  • 16:47 17h 59min This should've been marked in Ordu. Nice town on the seaside, with a very nice waterfront park

Day 14, Thursday, May 19

307km in 4h · 69km/h
  • Traveled 20km in 15min
  • 11:03 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 16km in 12min
  • 11:18 Stop for 6min
  • Traveled 117km in 1h 23min
  • 12:48 17min The curious case of the worst gas station experience ever
  • Traveled 7km in 8min
  • 13:15 Stop for 6min
  • Traveled 4km in 5min
  • 13:26 Stop for 8min
  • Traveled 143km in 1h 42min
  • 15:17 18h 45min Ataturk commemoration day in rainy Sinop - sirens, horns and a loud concert at the city square

Day 15, Friday, May 20

298km in 4h · 56km/h
  • Traveled 60km in 56min
  • 10:59 45min Coffee stop at the see with elements of postcard obligations fullfilment
  • Traveled 31km in 35min
  • 12:21 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 6km in 7min
  • 12:31 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 229m in 50s
  • 12:34 59min Lunch and an attempt to find a working post office
  • Traveled 3km in 4min
  • 13:37 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 103km in 1h 16min
  • 14:57 31min Another coffee stop
  • Traveled 95km in 1h 01min
  • 16:30 18h 14min An afternoon around Safranbolu, famous for its Ottoman era houses.

Day 16, Saturday, May 21

374km in 6h · 58km/h
  • Traveled 116km in 1h 39min
  • 12:24 Stop for 7min
  • Traveled 115km in 1h 32min
  • 14:03 1h 11min Lunch stop near some lagoon
  • Traveled 141km in 2h 20min
  • 17:36 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 2km in 4min
  • 17:43 15h 56min Last night in Turkey in a seaside town with nice views

Day 17, Sunday, May 22

497km in 6h · 47km/h
  • Traveled 4km in 6min
  • 09:46 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 181km in 2h 09min
  • 11:58 44min Sweets (very good ones) and coffee
  • Traveled 21km in 17min
  • 13:01 Stop for 14min
  • Traveled 60km in 47min
  • 14:02 57min Hunting for sweets and spices
  • Traveled 3km in 4min
  • 15:05 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 39km in 26min
  • 15:34 Stop for 9min
  • Traveled 112m in 1min
  • 15:45 Stop for 6min
  • Traveled 52m in 25s
  • 15:52 Stop for 9min
  • Traveled 6m in 2s
  • 16:02 Stop for 2min
  • Traveled 17m in 4s
  • 16:04 17min A rather crowded border crossing aided by the border police on both sides urgnig us to get at the front of the queue
  • Traveled 8km in 8min
  • 16:30 29min A refreshment on home soil alredy
  • Traveled 182km in 2h 13min
  • 19:13 16h 07min Visiting a grandma

Day 18, Monday, May 23

258km in 3h · 80km/h
  • Traveled 40km in 28min
  • 11:49 Stop for 5min
  • Traveled 218km in 2h 57min

Legend

  • Hotel 14
  • Tourist sight 10
  • Gas station 8
  • Restaurant 7
  • Coffee 6
  • Beautiful sight 4
  • Generic stop 2
  • Mechanical failure 1
  • Border 1