Day 33, Aug 14 (102km) - Final Destination!!!!!!!
Trip Start Jul 13, 2012
35Trip End Aug 16, 2012
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I was up fairly early ready to take on the day with excitement. When I went to checkout my Visa did not work. I actually had several issues with my Visa in Turkey. Considering the amount of banks around I did not expect this. In Bulgaria, sure. I did not have enough cash to pay. The owners did not speak much English and after a confusing conversation it seemed the nearest ATM was 5km East but they thought I should cross the road and go West to catch a minibus to get there. Anyway I got on my bike and started East and the GPS lead me to an ATM in 2.5km. It was incredibly quick without the heavy backpack and rear carrier on my bike.
To all of your surprises it was a hot and sunny day
Istanbul is completely not design or even close to being adapted for biking. In fact so far it is the worst city I have been in for biking. Turkey is great on most of the highways but the cities are not good for biking. With the amount of road bikes I saw while in Turkey I will predict no one from Turkey will win the Tour de France in the next 2 decades.
After the GPS takes me on a confusing and illogical path to my hostel I am done. Finished! Accomplished! Tired and hungry!
Total distance = 3259km
Total Ascent = 22,450m (equals climbing Mount Everest 2.53 times)
Total crashes = 3
Total Number of Close Calls = 27
Total Countries = 11
Total Area of Ass Sore = 25% (surprisingly low)
Total Area of Tan = 30%
My biking is over and I can enjoy my brief stay in Istanbul
I just want to point out that it feels like everyone in Istanbul is trying to hustle you or sell you something and hustle you while selling. After I bought the big bag of sponges, despite wearing my 5-Ass Monkeys Trivia team shirt and wearing shorts, I must have blended into with the locals because the entire way back not one person try to sell me anything or try to get me to eat something
While disassembling my bike I come a cross a problem I feared. I cannot get my pedals off with the hex key. I put them on with the hex key instead of carrying a proper pedal wrench just for this reason. But I guess there was not enough grease left on threads and after all the biking it became super tight. After 30 minutes I give up and resign the fact I will have to carry my bike to a shop in morning.
I hang around the hostel a bit then head to bed.