Posts Tagged ‘Thessaloniki’


The mist and grey skies have returned. As have the busy roads and factories. Onwards as fast as possible watching the death wishes of the mad Greek drivers.

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‘I’ve had it. I’ve cycled 15000km around Europe and once I get to Istanbul, I’ll throw my bike into the Bosphorus.’
The English cycler we met today wasn’t enjoying his trip. James and I found it hard to say why he is doing it. While removing layers at a bus stop I spotted him. A long distance cyclist with lots of luggage. My squeal of excitement didn’t last long as he proceeded to cycle right past us. Later we saw him and heard all his misery. The whole trip sucked. He had cycled a big loop around Europe from Scandinavia to here. He didn’t ask where we were going.

We are camped on a football field at the beach patrolled by a white cat. James revealed some ouzo, and then made a cake to celebrate his upcoming 6000km mark.

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Day 59. 24km. Thessaloniki

Posted: November 12, 2014 in Cycling, Greece
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We ended up staying in Thessaloniki, not that it was planned that way. A slow start, cycle down to the centre, and an extended stay in the bike shop resulted in 2 happy cyclists, 2 repaired cycles and a lovely evening in Thessaloniki with James contemplating life, the universe, everything, and how amazingly happy we are with life.

Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki

A great evening with Ioanna in her local restaurant resulted in us meeting Lefteris – the cook of the wonderful food, who had a friend Akis who is the best bike mechanic in Greece. Today we found ourselves having a bike repair, basking in the sun, and watching the beautiful people walk by day, generally enjoying life. Drahtesel is now fitted out with a new tyre and brake pads, ready to stop (which was almost not the case) in the next torrential downpour.

Akis and Drahtesel

Akis and Drahtesel

My ex-colleagues at AUTH (University of Thessaloniki)

My ex-colleagues at AUTH (University of Thessaloniki)

Lunch waiting for the Drahtesel repairs

Lunch waiting for the Drahtesel repairs

Approaching sunset in Thessaloniki

Approaching sunset in Thessaloniki


Sometimes it is not about the journey, but about the destination. Today was not as wet, and the road was straight and flat. Extremely uninspiring landscape under grey skies. We moved into overdrive, and steamed along the semi-freeway, though industrial areas to Thessaloniki. It is great to see Ioanna again from my past life working for Philips and the HeartCycle EU Project.

Some industry

Some industry

We caught our first glimpse of the sea since Montenegro.

On the Aegean Sea

On the Aegean Sea

Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki

James and I bought a little gift for Ioanna. Something to tweet about!

Something to tweet about

Something to tweet about

Ioanna and Tweety

Ioanna and Tweety

Looking out over Thessaloniki with Ioanna

Looking out over Thessaloniki with Ioanna

And we practiced our camp cheesecake. We are now all ready to celebrate Jame’s 6000km and my 5000km.

Cheesecake

Cheesecake