May 10, 2006 GMT
GREECE-May 2006

Yasas from Greece!!

We finally left Seville, Spain for the last time in a long time and slowly travelled inland in Spain towards Barcelona. We stayed in some wonderful walled cities and enjoyed many long, lazy menu del dias (3 course lunch plus a bottle of Spanish red wine for A$11!!) In Barcelona we met up with John Cameron, a friend from Cairns, who bought a motorbike in England and wanted to come touring with us for a while. We then caught a ferry across to Rome, drove overland via Pompeii and the magical Almalfi Coast towards Bari, Italy. Next we caught another ferry across to Igoumenitsa, mainland Greece.

Touring Greece with John in tow was fantastic. He is a very happy chappy and very easy going; ideal travelling companion. There is more coastline in Greece than any other European country and many idealic islands it was hard to choose where to go!! We basically did a loop from Corfu followed the coast south to Patras, visited Mycanae ruins and Delphi ruins dating back to 3000BC (pretty old for Australians) and then followed the coast up to beautiful Volos and surrounding hillside villages. The people in Greece were super friendly and the fuel was a lot cheaper than Italy.

We had a minor rear end crash with John, minor for us, not so minor for him!! He had a momentory lapse in concentration and we were stopped at a light in a crazy spot. He simply didnt have enough time or room to stop before hitting our side pannier and sending the box and our clothes all over the road. In the meantime he skidded along the gutter, just missed a tree and came to a stop next to an electriciy pole. People came from nowhere to help us collect all our scattered clothes and things, help John to get up and get his motorbike upright. His numberplate is PTO so we turned her over!! We then checked out all of Johns injuries and he only seemed to have a few scratces, so we put bandaids on them from our trusty first aid kit and were preparing to check out the damage on his bike. John stood up and immediately knew something more was wrong with his foot in his boot. He took off his boot and had a deep and long cut along the back of his ankle. Miraculously an ambulance arrived a few seconds later and carted John off to the hospital. Pat and I were unhurt, fixed up our box and got Johns bike started. We then locked up his bike, left it outside a shop and drove our bike to the Hospital. John had a few stitches and was waiting for us and ready to go!! We picked up his bike, got a hotel room and proceeded to get a mechanic to fix his bike. Two days later we hit the road again, everything fixed and Johns leg getting better by the day, very lucky!!

We then went across the Pindos mountains in the north of mainland Greece, fantastic scenery and gorgeous ski villages and stunning 14th century monasteries perched on the pinnacles. A few days driving around the large Greek island of Corfu and then across the border to Albania.

We are now in Albania and its very old and run down, but the people are wonderful and very friendly and its very cheap!! Next up to Croatia, as usual, we cant wait!

Posted by Patrick Peck at May 10, 2006 01:09 PM GMT
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