These towns and cities in central Turkey(map) near the umbral path of the total solar eclipse of March 29, 2006, have better (and more) services (hotels, rental cars, travel agencies, etc) than the few towns right along the center line of the path.
These were the good places to make your base, listed from southwest to northeast:
Historic Central Anatolian city with good air, bus and rail connections (including the overnight Meram Ekspresi sleeper train from Istanbul), rental cars, and numerous hotels serving Muslim pilgrims visiting the tomb of Rumi, founder of the Whirling Dervishes.
Nevsehir & Cappadocia
The most visually striking region of Turkey, and a major tourist destination. The biggest thrill is a hot-air balloon flight over the Cappadocian “moonscape.” Imagine taking an early morning balloon flight, then watching the eclipse! Places on flights near the eclipse date were sold out well in advance.)
Another small, historic Central Anatolian city with decent bus connections, some hotels, and the advantage of being very close to the center of the umbral path. Rent a car and you can drive 70 km west to Zile and the battlefield from which Julius Caesar sent his famous one-liner to Rome: Veni, vidi, vici(“I came, I saw, I conquered”).
Right on the center line of the umbral path, Ordu is a nice small town with serviceable lodgings. As with other Black Sea Coasttowns, the chance of cloud cover is high.