Yes, we made it! After enjoying the nightlife of Plovdiv (thanks to Elli), we travelled to Istanbul on the 26. of April. The Team Janek and Anja was more lucky and they got a ride to, whereas Milan and Philip stood by the road for 5 hours, untill they desperatedly took the bus.
In Istanbul the four of us met again, as well as we met with lots of old friends. Benni and Anni, who we all know from Konstanz and Zafer, Efe and other friends, who Anja and me know from our Erasmus. So we partied a bit, checked out the 1. May Demonstrations and especially did one thing: Assembling our bikes! All our equipment came together and besides from a few minor things everything is fine. The only thing that stopped us from starting our tour on the 1. Of May was Istanbul being in emergency state. Many major streets were closed, metro and ship transport was interrupted, so we could only start the 2. Of May.
After all the preperation it was perfect to be cycling now! This ist he thing that we all want: Cycling!
It was super: The new bikes work perfectly, the solar system, hub dynamos, Navigation system, clothing and bags work the best way.
The first day was riding along the Marmara coast to a small Nature Park at the edge of Istanbul (although still 86 KM far from our place in the centre of Istanbul), where we camped and there we could also go climbing. There we spent our first night in tent.