Day 14 – Monday, April 2 – Vergina to Alexandropolis, Greece – Dave

Two weeks into our journey a diurnal rhythm has emerged –  8:30 breakfast (including a briefing on the day ahead by Richard, who has generously taken responsibility for most route planning and hotel booking).  9:30 – hit the road.  Mid morning – coffee break.  Light lunch at least-bad roadside cafe.  Mid-afternoon – coffee break.  Roll into hotel circa 4 or 5.  Shower, catch up with emails blogs etc.  Group dinner at 7:30.

Susan asked whether it’s possible to enjoy the scenery while riding.  The answer is ‘yes’.  Although riding requires constant focus on the road ahead, somehow one also absorbs the broader panorama.  It’s not at all like being in a car because (as on a bicycle or horse) you don’t just see it, you feel it – the weather, the smells, the splat of the bugs…  And, of course, there’s no distracting radio or conversation.  So, a very different experience of the world from that of the car driver, but (for me at least) more intense and memorable.

And, because of the focus and physical involvement, the hours fly by.

Today we started by riding through wide, flat, fertile valleys, then Susan chose a route away from the sea and up into the mountains.  Fabulous riding.  And all the villages were more attractive and better tended than any we’ve seen so far in Greece.

One curious development in Greece is the evolution of the roadside shrine.  These used to be made of wood and local stone, hence each was unique and blended to some extent with its environment.  Now they are bought pre-made and constructed from brightly colored plastic…

Hey ho…such is ‘progress’.

Ended our day in a modern seaside hotel outside Alexandropolis, positioned to hit the Turkish border first thing tomorrow morning.

Best to you all,

Dave

One thought on “Day 14 – Monday, April 2 – Vergina to Alexandropolis, Greece – Dave

  1. Dave, I thought I would address this to one of the bikers – with a slight fear I may be inviting a deluge of technical information; I’m intrigued by the bikes you are on.

    Why have you all chosen the same model? Is it for ease of spares, or just because something about them makes them the best option for this sort of journey?

    Also, who is the mechanic of the group, or do you all know the basics? I noticed the van is stocked with spare tyres – are you really expecting to use them? How long will a puncture delay you for?

    And actually, although I fear this is a blackadder query (what do we do if we step on a landmine? -Well, normal procedure…) what on earth do you do on a motorbike if a tyre goes pop? Turn on the hazard indicators, and rapidly slow to a complete stop?

    Apologies if these aren’t the sort of questions you want to think about! As I say, I’m intrigued.

    Glad the journey has been running smoothly so far, and long may that continue.

    All the best, Ben

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