The plan after the Blue Cruise was to stay in Fethiye for one night but as we were going to work our way to Istanbul via Canakkale/Gallipoli knowing we would be in a series of mostly one-nighters, we ended up staying three. Fethiye was bigger and had more to do than originally thought. The harbor was filled with gulets and tour boats and the town was filled with tourists
I rented a bike for the day exploring the coast around Fethiye. Riding on sidewalks is not unusual and is definitively safer that riding on the streets. Bike rental facilities do not provide helmets and although many drivers are deferential to cyclists, riding remains a somewhat sketchy endeavor. Heading north I followed the waterfront pedestrian/bike path until its end, about 5km outside of the center. They were still working on expanding the path; another example of the investment the Turkish government is putting into public works projects. Heading south from our pension, I rode along a large peninsula that jutted way into Fethye’s well protected harbor. This road was not flat at all with big rolling hills. I had no water bottle holder so had to stop for snow-cones along the way to cool down and quench my thirst.