Patras to Athens

Trip Start Apr 11, 2012
Trip End Oct 10, 2012

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Flag of Greece  , Attica,
Monday, July 9, 2012

I am surprised at how barren the landscape here in this part of Greece is. For some reason, I had figured it would be similar to southern Italy. Not so. There aren't many trees, but with water like this off the coast, who cares, right? It really is some amazing water. My two campsites on the way to Athens were right on the water. It really is like swimming in a pool—it’s that clear.

I had a couple flats on my trailer, something that hasn’t happened up until now. Then, I had a more interesting mishap involving a bridge. I sort of half fell through the bridge trying to cross it. Of course, this was my fault for not stopping when I saw the bridge was constructed of slats of wood parallel to the direction of travel. I was shooting downhill when I came to the bridge. I really don’t like giving up my precious speed, so when I saw the bridge was made of pieces of wood with 1-2 inch gaps between them, I only slowed and not stopped like I should have. Impressively, I made it halfway across before my front wheel slid into a gap up to the hub and I went tumbling over the handlebars. My bike was ok other than a flat tire, so I could afford to laugh at my situation. Who builds a bridge like that? It wasn’t until I was walking my bike off the bridge that I saw there was indeed a sign. One that said: Walk Your Bike! Oops.

The last ten miles into Athens left me with no other option than to ride on some sort of a freeway. I seriously couldn’t find any other road into town. I don’t get nervous on roads much anymore, but this one wasn’t so pleasant. Once I got into the city it wasn’t so bad. It feels a little more chaotic than southern Italy, but the roads are in better condition and are wider. Athens really wasn’t made with any thoughts of cyclists, that is for sure. Still, compared to London, riding in Athens is pleasant.
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Brian on

Can tell you switched cameras lol. Pictures are still amazing but the light meter is definately cheaper. On another note, riding a bicycle has one advantage over motorcycles -- you don't have to worry about running out of fuel!

jonmatters on

Yeah, the pictures are a bit on the washed out and cheap side. Still, it is nice to know that I can and have dropped my camera while riding with no damage. That and sweating all over it on a ride...haha, well at least the pictures are still decent. Durability is more important to me at present.

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