Asprovalta, Greece: Exiting Greece’s second largest city this morning during rush hour involved less brain damage than I anticipated, and after 90 minutes and asking for directions numerous times I cleared the city and its freeways, heading due East on an old road.
My intent was to clock at least 100 kilometers today. But in the early afternoon I entered the slow but charming beach town of Asprovalta, on the Orfanos Gulf. The place was barely stirring. I liked the atmosphere and decided it’s time to go to the beach. I passed the functional Saint George Hotel in the center of town, stopped and got a room. They gave me a very good rate. As far as I can tell, I am the only guest here and maybe the only tourist in town. It’s good to explore Greece off-season, and this is a world away from the crowds in Croatia.
Day 74: Thessaloniki – Asprovalta, Greece
Distance: 85.27 kilometers
Ascent: 417 meters
Countdown to Istanbul:
Remaining Days: 8
Remaining distance: ~ 600 kilometers
TransEuropa 2011 Trip Summary:
Distance: 5,254.78 kilometers
Ascent: 37,906 meters
Countries: 15: Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Greece
Incidents: 6: flat tires on Days 45, 53 and 56; police reprimand on Day 2; two dog chases on Day 71