Please read this section before you attempt to ride this route.
TET Turkey will take you to three different seas. You will see the Aegean Sea, the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea along the route.
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 1 starts from Greek border and immediately takes you off road into tiny trails between rice fields. You will most likely see the longest straight trails in Europe. After a visit to a national park lake (which is home to many different species of birds), you will climb the first small mountain and enjoy a view of the Saros Bay and the Aegean Sea. You may notice some gates on the trail to prevent animals - just open the gate, pass through, close and continue. The trail will take you to the beach and you will meander between the beach and small villages along the road.
When you reach Seydikoy, the landscape will start to change. You will climb the second mountain and descend into Saros Bay. You will enjoy a view of both the Aegean Sea and Sea of Marmara here. This is a must do section.
When you get down to sea level, the trail takes you south to the shores of the Sea of Marmara. From Kızılcaterzi, you will start climbing the real mountains. You will pass through wind turbines on the top of the mountain (you’ll see a “Stop, forbidden area” sign just before the wind turbines. Just ignore it. Trust me, I’ve checked it with relevant people.) The route will go up and down through the relatively silent and less known parts of Thrace and gradually ascend into the Ucmakdere mountains. This section is also a must do with great views of the sea and mountains.
After Naipkoy, the trail flattens again and start to head North and East. You will travel through sunflower fields. You will see the old Istanbul city walls and an ancient water transport facility that is more than 600 years old.
The route then splits into two. If you turn East, you will follow an asphalt road taking you into Istanbul along Section 2. Why totally asphalt? 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. This is probably the easiest and quietest route into the city.
If you turn West, you head to Bulgaria. The route visits the seaside and beaches as well as the towns and forest trails. This section is full of fast and hard packed forest trails. The scenery reflects the Black Sea climate with the Igneada region covered with a unique type of forest. It is called Longoz forest, a unique fauna of trees partly living under sea water, which is also a protected national park.