Slacking at the Beach

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

Weather:  Beautiful

Terrain:   Hilly

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


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2 Responses to Slacking at the Beach

  1. Mark says:

    Hi All,
    As Todd nears the finish line, I remind you, so he doesn’t have to, to visit to pony up. Thanks for the vicarious adventure, man. Can’t wait for Tajikistan on the next leg.

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