Long Stay in Athens
Trip Start Apr 11, 2012
34Trip End Oct 10, 2012
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
There isn’t much to see in Athens other than the Acropolis and a few other sights nearby. On Sunday, I saw the change of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Greek Parliament. That was worth seeing
Athens is surrounded by hills, so the two bike rides I managed were fun and away from traffic once I got out of the city. The first ride was out to Marathon. It was an enjoyable ride, but I can’t imagine actually running that same distance. On the ride back to the hostel, I got to ride through rush-hour traffic in Athens. That was the first time I’ve ever lane-split on my bicycle. If motorcycles can do it, why can’t I? The next ride was into the hills to the NW of the city. I thought I could ride up to the peak at 4000 feet, but it turns out no paved road goes there. Too bad, for I’m sure the view from the top would be amazing.
Upon learning from people at the hostel that travel through the Balkans is mostly by bus, I decided against heading up there into a complicated transportation situation
My new plan was simple and neat. I would fly to Milan, then stay in Italy and just ride across the border into Switzerland on a couple short trips. That way, I could get cheap food and lodging while still being able to see that stupidly rich banking country. I had not intended on flying within Europe at all due to the difficulty, cost, and danger of transporting my bike in this manner. Yet, when I found it would only cost $175 to fly to Milan with the bike, I booked the flight. One simple, short trip with no changes would be much easier than any other way I could think of. You can see how on-the-fly my planning is.