Everybody arrived a day earlier, but the first gathering took place today. Ingrid and Dietmar from Germany, Matej and Tatjana from Slovenia and our guests from overseas Al, Jerom, Tom , Terry and April were carefully listening to the explanations of Jan and Markus not to miss an important information. We are all looking forward to a great trip - kalo taxidi - as the greek say!
After leaving Athens in trizzling rain we were cruising through the hills of the backcountry, had a coffee in a dreamy little village and continued along the coast before we headed for the mountain roads of the coastal range. After a delicious lunch in the tiny little town of Agia Ana we went to the monestario of Osios Luca to pray for sun - and we succeded! Dry roads and sunshine for the last stretch of our day!
Leaving the hotel this morning we hit pretty soon dense fog and some rain. It got better and after the stop at Pili Bridge we headed into the mountains and finally the sun came out.
Heading for Meteora we were looking forward to see the dramatic landscape with its monestaries and historical background. But did you know, that parts of the James Bond Movie "For Your Eyes Only" were taken there too? We did see some of the "bad boys " ....
Its gonna be a long day! Heading South from Lefkada we follow the beautiful coastal road until we hit the motorway to cover some distance. Arriving at the Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge, better known as the Rio - Antirio Bridge, that spans across the entrance of the Corinthian Gulf, we fight crosswind crossing it. With its length of almost 2.800 meters this masterpiece of engeneering is one of the world's longest cable span bridges.
Heading into the mountains of Peleponesos we stoped to visit the Church in the Tree, Agios Plataniotissa and the Memorial of Kalavrita before we enjoyed the twisty roads to our hotel in Vytina.
Dear "Ouzo - Group",
Thank you all for being such a great group, for a lot of fun and for your friendship. Special thanks to the three ladies for taking great pictures while riding and sharing them with everybody. We both hope to see you soon again,
Markus and Jan