1Length of TET in country
860km as of June 2018.
The length is likely to increase in the future versions. I have new trails in my mind that I want to include. There are two sections in the gpx file. Section 2, which goes into the heart of Istanbul, is totally composed of tarmac roads. Why? Because, as you get closer to Istanbul, trails get more and more tricky. Instead of putting you through very tough/unreliable trails, I have decided to provide the least crowded asphalt road that goes all the way down to the
Bosporus. Section 1 is a 770km loop between Greece and Bulgaria.
2Expected time to cover TET in country
5-7 days depending on your tempo and riding preferences…
3Best time of year to ride TET in country
Starting from April to end of November. May and June is the best time for sure. However, keep in mind that this part of Turkey is relatively flat in contrast to eastern parts of the country. That means, you will have to pass through many muddy sections along the way. Also, in case of rain, the route will get much harder due to flat roads accumulating water/mud.
4Entry point into country
Ipsala/Edirne (from Greece)
5Exit point from country
Derekoy/Kırklareli (to Bulgaria)
Foreign language literacy is usually very low in rural areas. So, note down the key words:
Turkish Lira. It is a volatile currency. 1 EUR is equal to 7.5TL as of August 2018
8Emergency telephone number
156: Jandarma (Rural police – you may need)
110: Fire (in case you push too hard on the throttle)
10Laws regarding wild camping
Very relaxed. You can sleep almost anywhere. Along the TET Turkey route, there is one section where camping is not permitted. The aim is to protect the beautiful forest from fire caused by irresponsible people. You will see the signs on the road, so don’t worry, you will not make a mistake. You can pitch your tent almost anywhere on the road. If you are unsure, ask a local, they are very helpful most of the time.
11Trail riding and the law
Trail riding is not regulated by law. So, feel relaxed. There’s no noise limitation and/or pedestrian only roads on the route. Yet, please put on your exhaust silencers and be responsible riders. Respect silent villages, old people, animals, sleeping babies etc..
12Bike events on or near the TET
Will be updated...