10 Jahre in Griechenland
Tja, so läuft die Zeit
Anfang April kam ein Jubiläum vorbei, eines das ich zwar nicht vergessen
habe, aber das ich auch nicht gross feiere. Vor 10 Jahren kam ich (wieder
einmal) in Griechenland an und ich lebe seither all diese Jahre hier.
In der Zwischenzeit hat sich viel verändert, sowohl bei mir (denke ich)
als auch in Griechenland.
Trotzdem bin ich immer noch hier und es gefällt mir auch immer noch
hier. Ich bin nicht mehr ganz so gerne in Athen, momentan gefällt es
mir in der Provinz besser. Hautsächlich liegt es daran, dass mir die
Grosstadt auf die Nerfen geht. Zuviel Lärm, zuviel Nervosität. Naja,
es geht auch anders, auf dem Land ist es auch schön.
Ride report: Mountains and sunset at Orko
Endurance ... or really just a fun ride
Despite having plans to do some recovery days, I went out for an endurance ride. First, because I was just feeling like doing a nice, slow ride to drive out the cold, then because I want to beat my high score for km/month. I dressed up warm with long sleeves, thermal base layer, and took leg warmers, rain jacket, and long gloves with me. As I went out, starting really slowly, I noticed that I'm feeling just fine and enjoying things a lot.
So in Halki I turned for the "longer choice", to go up Apeirantho. It was a bit cloudy, but nice. Rounded the mountain to get to Stavro, then up again to Moni, where I turned towards Kinidaro. There I put on all the clothes I had brought for the long downhill. I even extended the downhill going towards Eggares. There I dressed down again and turned towards Hora.
In Hora I visited Giannis (at the bikeshop), then went on towards Agia Anna. Here again I turned for the longer and much more scenic route towards Agios Prokopios, the road next to the sea below the airport. In Ag. Prok. I was faced with the choice of going up towards home again... but what the heck, I went on the new road towards M. Vigla, there is a road that connects up from the end of it, a bit steep. But even there I didn't have enough, instead I turned right on the dirt road towards Orko and Mikri Vigla, right by the sea, right at sunset time. This reminded me of some very special days with friends there, on that particular road.
By the time I had arrived at the road up from M. Vigla, it had gotten dark. With a bit of tailwind I went up from there, towards home. Big smile on my face for almost all the ride.
71km, 1166m altitude gain, 3:06 riding time, 4 hours with all the stops.