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25 November 2014

Cycling to Sounion

A bit farther off on a sunny day
At the temple of Poseidon in Sounion

Since Myshkin is doing much better now (yay! [knocks on wood]), for a few weeks now I have been able to get back more to cycling. I had more or less two months where I hadn't done anything. Getting back was the usual drag, made worse by at first not really having much time. But I was not going to let that stop me. I started with one and two hour rides, and finally, two weeks ago, I ventured out a bit farther.

I didn't have a set plan, I just went with an easy rhythm. Not having been out for a long ride in a while, it's important not to overestimate your strength. After 1:20 hours, I called home and learned that things were fine with Myshkin and I could stay out longer and go further. To which I replied that it's also a matter of how long I'd feel able to go...

The good thing was that there was no wind. It was quite fresh, but sunny, all combined ideal cycling weather. I was wearing a windbreaker jersey that prooved a tiny bit too warm, but since it's convertible to short sleeve, that helped.

Catching a first glimpse of the temple

So I went on easily, never stressing myself on the uphill parts. And I just went on. Finally I decided that I was pretty close to Sounion anyway, so let's go. It was a great decision, even with the risk of being too exhausted to return. The roads and the scenery in the last part to Sounion is the most beautiful part of all the coast road. There is less traffic too.

From the moment I caught the first glimpse of the temple (see picture) the smile on my face doubled. I have been there by bike before, but it has been a long time, and after my forced cycling break it feels good to be able to do this again.

I made it to the temple. Obviously I didn't take the bike inside to visit the archeological site, but I stopped in front of the cafe (top picture). Being conscious of my absence at home, I decided against having something at the cafe. Instead I just opened another sesame/honey bar (greek power food perfect for cycling), and went on the way back. The scenery hadn't lost any of its beauty.

Getting home was still a bit taxing. I wasn't in such great shape and there was a lot of road to ride back on. I was happy to be back home, but also happy to have gone so far.

Distance: 111km
Total ascent: 995m (not much for this distance)
Average speed: 26.7km (not fast either)
Moving time: 4h 10min
Elapsed time: 4h 40min

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