Welcome to Greece
Trip Start May 22, 2009
197Trip End Feb 16, 2010
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Mind you, even with the convenient in location, they were still not easy to get to. I had to play my own little version of ‘Frogger’ to get across the busy 4 lane road crowded even more by vehicles ignoring the lines. Road signs and painted lines seem to be more of a beaurocratic decoration to appease some official, rather than being anything practical to follow
Out of the city mess and into the countryside we headed along the coast. Along the way we only went through about 4 no entry signs. But the alternative seemed to be the motorway so we just squeezed through the construction regardless. No one seemed to obey any of the other signs, and as expected didn't care about us not following these ones!
Soon we were rolling along the coast where the road’s edge dropped into the sea. Literally! No curb, no shoulder, no guardrail, no reflectors, no nothing. Just the splash of the waves spraying our bodies as we drove over the heaps of decaying seaweed brought up onto the road. Quiet and serene, but not to last long. Rounding a curve, the road came to a sudden and abrupt end. All we could see was crumbled tarmac and trees growing up where the road should be.
Backtracking and weaving over train tracks, then a doubtful dirt tract, we finally found the main road
Thrilled to see a wide shoulder along the road, we took it. But after a few close calls Brian noticed that cars were driving in this ‘lane’. It wasn't a shoulder after all, but a simple strategy for making the 2 lane road into 4 for passing!
Roads adorned with olive trees almost as far as the eye can see. Interspersed with a few orange frees so ripe with fruit you can smell it from the road. Grapes grown more for their shade benefits over arbors than for their fruit. Flowering plants I’ve only seen in botanical gardens are run-of-the-mill back-yard varieties. I feel as though I’ve entered a tropical paradise!
A coastal road with mountains on one side provide for some beautiful scenery. This morning sailing into Patras was beautiful. The sun rising and illuminating a series of rugged islands. I imagined and undersea range of mountains and these were only the highest peaks poking out of the water’s surface.
Arriving at the campground we were greeted by an interesting French man. He was great to talk to and brought us our first sampling of Greek wine!
Warm and sunny for cycling today, I’m marveling at the mildness of the evening air. Standing along the roaring shore I was greeted with a wind coming off the water. At the same time, it carried a cool breeze and warm gusts. I can only hope that this continues for us!