Took a slow and scenic route out of Athens, over an impressive ship canal cut deep in to the rock. Some very pretty mountain roads and typically greek seaside tavernas. Stayed overnight in Korfos - took my first swim. Very stony beach was hell on my feet though.
Second and third nights in Kyparissia. More mountain and coastal roads - would be great on a sports bike. Plenty of idiots riding sports bikes with their helmets carefully protecting their left elbows. I easily caught and passed a ZXR on a twisty mountain road - on a Pan European.... When I passed him, he didn't even have sunglasses on - the 50mph wind had his eyes so screwed up he could barely see where he was going. There were no turnings on that road, so he had just cruised along for nearly 20 miles without being able to use his bike properly - presumably because a helmet looks more cool on your arm ???? I was told they do this because they only get fined if the helmet is with them - if they don't have one at all then the police can confiscate the bike.
The road surfaces look fairly good at first glance but often seem shiny with use and I wouldn't want to lean it too far over on some of the bends. The centre stand touches down several times on both sides - hitting a big dip halfway through a bend rather than riding particularly hard. Enough to wake me up though.Posted by Kevin Payne at August 29, 2005 11:33 AM GMT
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