Day 2 -Istanbul to Veliko Tarnovo (273 miles)
Friday morning, June 16th, getting ready to head out. The group met up here at the hotel, The Blue House, the day before. A minibus picked us up at three in the afternoon and took us across town to the MotorEast office for the pre-ride meeting and to pick up the bikes. We started for the hotel at five-thirty, right in the middle of rush hour traffic, in a city with 15 million inhabitants. It was like the Istanbul Grand Prix in first and second gear. But we all made it to the Blue House, had an excellent dinner, and finished packing before turning in.