16.03.2009 15 °C
We left our hotel in Ioannina and within 500m saw a sign for Athina/Athens, our destination for the day. Well, the first sign actually said Αθήνα, but thankfully the Greek seem to have two sets of signs everywhere, one in the Greek Alphabet and one in the Latin/English one. The road passed through some lovely steep valleys with a lot of greenery. We rode with a Kawasaki rider for a while on the twisty roads and he told us to be careful because the roads were dusty which annoyed Ed for the rest of the day!
Had lunch at a roadside cafe/petrol station in the sun which was very relaxing, although not for the poor girl working there who was rushing around doing about 3 jobs at once.
Took the Rio bridge over the sea and hooked up with a few more rider buddies. Another guy with a BMW GS rode with us for a good hour or so on a fantastic windy fast road where there was only technically one lane each way but half of the people drove straddling the hard shoulder, so there were actually 4 lanes of vehicles!
Just short of Athina we stopped for a leisurely cuppa as we'd made good progress and then we took the final ride into the city, which was very busy with traffic. We found our hotel very easily actually and locked the bikes up before heading out for a nice meal and a bit of wine.
When we got out of the restaurant we walked around in the general direction home for a while until we were lost and asked a couple of passers by for directions. Half an hour later and still no nearer familar roads we flagged a cab over. We could only remember the name of our hotel and that it was number 38, on a road beginning with D near a train station and we could only say hello and please in Greek. The cabbie didn't have a clue what we were talking about and we jumped out and got another one. Same problem until finally we found a guy who spoke English and knew where we were meaning. He was interested in our journey as a fellow biker and dropped us off and took a photo of the bikes.
278 miles today