Bicycle Trip to Greece Dr. Hans-Jürgen Weber 26.04.2013 - 17.05.2013



26.04.2013 Haiger
27.04.2013 Rückingen
28.04.2013 Würzburg
29.04.2013 Pleinfeld
30.04.2013 Taufkirchen/Vils
01.05.2013 Freilassing
02.05.2013 Tweng
03.05.2013 Villach
04.05.2013 Bovec
05.05.2013 Ilirska Bistrica
06.05.2013 Karlobag
07.05.2013 Pirovac
08.05.2013 Omis
09.05.2013 Slano
10.05.2013 Budva
11.05.2013 Shkoder
12.05.2013 Fier
13.05.2013 Himare
14.05.2013 Igoumenitsa
15.05.2013 Paleros
16.05.2013 Platanovrisi
17.05.2013 Zakynthos


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16.05.2013, 21. day, 175 / 2811 km, Platanovrisi

Today the sky is overcast. The narrow road with few traffic goes along the coast with repeated beautiful views.
I meet a couple from New-Zealand. They want to cross Europe by bike and are on their way from Cyprus to Kopenhagen. I give them the maps that I don't need any more and get a map of north Peleponnes which I didn't have yet. It was later very useful for me.
After a while the road goes away from the coast uphill into the mountains. If this continues I can't reach my destination today.
But after the incline I enjoy driving long time downhill.
20 km in front of the bridge to Patras I meet another long distance cycling couple. They come from France and want to take the ferry from Patras to Italy and then return home.
At the toll station of the bridge a man shows the path for pedestrians and cyclists to me. He asks where I come from. When I tell him that I'm coming from Germany he says "Merkel" and points to his empty pockets. But he ist laughing and lets me pass.
On the bridge it is stormy, I can only go slowly. At the end are only stairs for pedestrians. Carefully I can manage to take the loaden bike down.
Then I continue towards Platani, about 8 km north of the bridge with a heavy incline on the last 2 km.
But nothing is as described. I make a call to Gelsenkirchen on the mobile phone and find out that the house is not at Platani but at Platanovrisi, about 30 km to the southwest. They would already wait for me.
Of course the address was correctly written, but I read it carelessly.
So I go on again. It goes through the big city of Patras and I have to ask for the way several times, because there are no signs or I don't see them. It also begins to rain, so I cover the baggage again.
Meanwhile it has gotten dark, and I have to switch on the lights. Because there is a long incline again, I am very slow and the light is dim. I don't feel safe on the dark road.
Fortunately the turnoff to Halandritsa is easy to find. I was told to stop after 4 km at a gas station and make another call. But there is no service. Furthermore there come two load barking and aggressive dogs towards me so that I try to escape uphill. I don't want to be bitten once more after I experienced dog biting a few weeks before.
So I go faster, and the dogs stay back. Beside me stops a car. It is the friend of my Greek friend who lives in the house and takes care of it. He is a pastor and drives ahead of me to the house. I would never have found the way by myself in the dark.
I get a kind welcome although the people don't know me. The pastor's wife speaks English, so we can talk together.
After the shower I get an excellent dinner, two portions of pasta with chicken, so that afterwards I barely can go in an upright position. It is a very beautiful house with nice views to three sides, even at night.
Tomorrow after breakfast I want to continue my trip and expect to arrive at my destination.

Just outside Paleros

A couple from New-Zealand on a bicycle trip through Europe

The Achelos river

There are may streets with water on each side

A couple from France. They want to take the ferry from Patras to Italy and then return home by bike

View back to the north coast of the Gulf of Patras

The bridge across the gulf from the distance

On the bridge
(Video -> click on picture)

How to continue?

Take these stairs