2015 - Tony - A Trip to a Destination Not Yet Known

by Stoyan Haralampiev

2382km in 27 days · 1324 views

Day 1, Saturday, September 19

157km in 2h · 62km/h
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  • 10:03 Stop for 10min
  • Traveled 55km in 1h 02min
  • 11:16 30min OMV Dupnica
  • Traveled 98km in 1h 09min
  • 12:55 21h 08min Guest House Garbevi, Dobrinishte. A great motorcycle-friendly place to stay.

Day 2, Sunday, September 20

306km in 4h · 49km/h
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  • 12:10 21min Somewhere along the roller coaster road between Goce Delchev and Serres.
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  • 12:48 Stop for 6min
  • Traveled 415m in 1min
  • 12:56 43min A decent gyros place along the road through Serres.
  • Traveled 140km in 1h 20min
  • 14:59 51min A quick coffee with a semi-dead dog. Also made a quick local camps overview.
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  • 16:19 Stop for 16min
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  • Traveled 788m in 2min
  • 16:46 Stop for 9min
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  • 16:57 17h 20min Camping Zeus. Turned out to be their last working day for the season but we got a decent place to sleep. It's very close to the Olympus mountain.

Day 3, Monday, September 21

392km in 6h · 58km/h
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  • 10:34 3min Olympus Mountain
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  • 11:41 11min Somewhere along the curved mountain roads.
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  • 12:00 3min Hopefully we moved her in the right direction.
  • Traveled 34km in 27min
  • 12:32 13min The rain was just about to start.
  • Traveled 43km in 29min
  • 13:15 1h 28min A cosy place with tasty gyros.
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  • 16:43 37min A cup of espresso to fight the effect of rain on positive mood :)
  • Traveled 76km in 56min
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  • 23:21 Stop for 10h 27min

Day 4, Tuesday, September 22

45km in 1h · 27km/h
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  • 09:53 Stop for 1h 22min
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  • 11:21 Stop for 51min
  • Traveled 27km in 33min
  • 12:47 Stop for 6min
  • Traveled 479m in 1min
  • 12:55 Stop for 21min
  • Traveled 225m in 34s
  • 13:17 Stop for 3min
  • Traveled 249m in 37s
  • 13:22 4h 12min Poros Beach
  • Traveled 465m in 2min
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  • 21:16 Stop for 14h 52min

Day 5, Wednesday, September 23

94km in 2h · 42km/h
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  • 13:14 Stop for 5h 18min
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  • 20:22 Stop for 15h 10min

Day 6, Thursday, September 24

265km in 5h · 41km/h
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  • Traveled 35km in 1h 16min
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  • 18:52 36min First coffee place on Corfu. Loads of tourists and restaurants, cold attitude from the personnel. The norm for places heavily visited by tourists.
  • Traveled 21km in 24min
  • 19:53 1h 04min Dionysos Apartments. The place was nothing special but the night view to the Albanian shore was beautiful. Add to this a bottle of Uzo and good company and there you go :)
  • Traveled 5km in 7min
  • 21:04 Stop for 24min
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  • 21:41 1h 54min Harry's Tavern. Tasty food, local Corfu beer and an interesting conversation with the owner.
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  • 23:39 10h 59min Dionysos Apartments. The place was nothing special but the night view to the Albanian shore was beautiful. Add to this a bottle of Uzo and good company and there you go :)

Day 7, Friday, September 25

25km in 1h · 35km/h
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  • 10:46 1h 12min Morning coffee with morning rain
  • Traveled 61m in 34s
  • 11:59 1h 42min Went for a walk around the city of Kasiopi. We had a look at the nearby beach where some divers were training. At the end just before heading back to the hotel some really hard rain poured over us. We had to roll up our pants and walk into the water on the streets to reach our bike. Luckily the Tiger loves to swim.
  • Traveled 6km in 11min
  • 13:53 Stop for 2min
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  • 14:03 12min Searched for a gyro place and finally found a good one right here.
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  • 14:24 20h 23min Dionysos Apartments. The place was nothing special but the night view to the Albanian shore was beautiful. Add to this a bottle of Uzo and good company and there you go :)

Day 8, Saturday, September 26

293km in 7h · 35km/h
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  • 12:38 1h 52min Rented a pedal boat and went for a ride to some water caves in the area. Turned out to be a nice place for freediving but the fact that a number of motor boats full of elderly tourists are constantly cruising around you and over you when you dive really leaves a bad taste. I'd seriously recommend you to think about visiting Corfu twice. Going to Lefkada or some other little islands would make much more sense for the thrill seekers.
  • Traveled 22km in 25min
  • 14:56 6min Bought tickets for our ferry to Igoumenitsa. We wanted to go directly to Sarande in Albania but the ferries that service this route do not take vehicle - only pedestrians. The seller turned out to be an enduro rider and recommended visiting Central Greece and especially the regions on the photos. Not for off-road but rather for a good moto trip around beautiful places.
  • Traveled 3km in 9min
  • 15:12 Stop for 22min
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  • 19:11 8min The legendary cable ferry at the Butrint Fortress going from Igoumentisa towards Ksamil. It is like a 40 meters distance but the experience is pretty exotic. A very drunken person on the departure side of the river greeted us and offered a sip from his home-made alcohol drink. When we tried it and told him it is a really good grape rakia a wide smile appeared on his face and he hugged us.
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  • 23:03 1h 24min We finally made it to Vlore and after leaving our stuff in the hotel we managed to find a good pizza place very near this location.
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  • 00:32 12h 12min Villa Basilika. Quiet place with a parking inside the yard, extremely polite hosts. A nice place in the garden to drink your morning coffee. There was even a washing machine in the room.

Day 9, Sunday, September 27

14km in 0h · 28km/h
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  • 12:48 Stop for 4min
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  • 13:06 3h 01min Our first encounter with the Albanian sea. The beach was... unusual. As are most things in this country.
  • Traveled 6km in 11min
  • 16:18 20h 22min Villa Basilika. Quiet place with a parking inside the yard, extremely polite hosts. A nice place in the garden to drink your morning coffee. There was even a washing machine in the room.

Day 10, Monday, September 28

229km in 7h · 29km/h
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  • 13:36 Stop for 7min
  • Traveled 57km in 1h 12min
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  • Traveled 543m in 3min
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  • 16:04 8min (short videos along the road: https://youtu.be/r6MCxI6uoTQ and https://youtu.be/ZH2nIhnbH-I) We got into some unexpected mountain offroad. Stunning nature high in the mountains, villages full of children, muddy and rocky road-like paths. It quickly became very hard to make progress. We had like 20km distance which took several hours. At some point near the top of the mountain I had to stop every 200-300 meters to leave the bike cool down and wait for Sneji who hopped off and on the bike at almost every steep 180 degree muddy turn. It was a hard experience. At the same time old people on little motorbikes ('papaki' as they call them in Greece) passed by us in the opposite direction smiling and talking to each other. They wore no helmets or any kind of protective clothing nor seemed worried in any way. This was a clash of cultures, habits, expectations and comfort levels I guess.
  • Traveled 443m in 2min
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  • 17:42 4min YES - finally on good tarmac road again! We felt relieved and thought we had made it not knowing what was waiting for us ahead...
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  • Traveled 39km in 1h 12min
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  • 20:21 35min After several kilometers of incredible asphalt road in red rock canyons we got offroad again. The road was wet all over and it was quickly getting dark. Obviosuly prepared for laying tarmac but still unpaved with a lot of denivelation and mud puddles. It seemed endless. We made better progress compared to the previous mountain road but still had 18km to the good road when we reached a bridge with two big puddles on both sides of the road. I chose to pass in the middle very slowly to avoid hitting the sides of the bridge if hitting a deep hole under one of the puddles. In the light of the headlights it was not obvious but turned out there's deep mud in the middle. The bike skid and fell from nearly stationary position. It was soft and deep mud. I jumped immediately from beneath it and tried to calm Sneji while lifting the bike with my back towards it. She said her foot is below the right pannier... that was not good. I managed to lift the heavily loaded bike in the slippery mud enough for her to get her leg out. She screamed with pain... I left the bike back in the mud. It was clear things are not good. I laid her so she is in a more comfortable position and asked her some first aid questions. It was pitch dark and our phones had no coverage. There was no human presence nowhere nearby. We had to somehow deal with it. So I went back to the bike and managed to remove the panniers from both sides. Then I lifted it up, started it and managed to turn it around so we can have some light. After a short talk and inspection of the foot inside the boot it looked like it is broken and we needed to go to a hospital. Long story short... I managed to run to an electricity generating facility which lights I had noticed earlier, find the security guard and convince him to come and help us. Hours later we were in a hospital with the help of several Albanian men with big hearts who helped in a hard moment. It was an endless night with good persons, their friends, doctors, police. We went back to the mountains with the police, a lot of events followed... including having a ride with a police jeep, a police Moto Gucci (only 3rd gear working), many explanations and what not. Everything now is OK. We met many true friends this night and thanks to another true friend - Pepi Manolov - who came to pick us up from Bulgaria we are now back safe. After a few days I'll be in Albania again to continue the administrative process and hopefully get my bike and driving license released... Of course most important of all is Sneji's foot is OK and she is OK and in good spirits.
  • Traveled 10m in 3s
  • 20:57 4h 04min The bike stayed in the mountains until I came back with the police to show them what happened and ride it to their station.
  • Traveled 32km in 48min
  • 01:50 11min Had to park the bike at the road police station but that did not work. Not enough room for it to enter inside the building.
  • Traveled 932m in 2min

Day 11, Tuesday, September 29

  • 04:00 15d 12h First day in Korce. Looking after Sneji in the hospital, working with the police to complete all administrative paperwork and details.
  • 00:00 15h 00min Second day. Finalizing paperwork.

Day 12, Wednesday, September 30

Day 13, Thursday, October 1

Day 14, Friday, October 2

Day 15, Saturday, October 3

Day 16, Sunday, October 4

Day 17, Monday, October 5

Day 18, Tuesday, October 6

Day 19, Wednesday, October 7

Day 20, Thursday, October 8

Day 21, Friday, October 9

Day 22, Saturday, October 10

Day 23, Sunday, October 11

Day 24, Monday, October 12

Day 25, Tuesday, October 13

Day 26, Wednesday, October 14

562km in 7h · 49km/h
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  • 16:06 Stop for 7min
  • Traveled 30km in 33min
  • 16:48 Stop for 2min
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  • Traveled 232m in 27s
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  • 18:58 44min A great pizza place at the picturesque Kastoria.
  • Traveled 156km in 1h 34min
  • 21:17 Stop for 14min
  • Traveled 172km in 2h 03min
  • 23:34 33min OMV Sandanski
  • Traveled 96km in 1h 19min
  • 01:27 Stop for 5min
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  • Traveled 4km in 8min

Day 27, Thursday, October 15

Legend

  • Hotel 10
  • Restaurant 9
  • Generic stop 8
  • Photos 7
  • Beautiful sight 4
  • Beach 4
  • Ferry 4
  • Gas station 2
  • Bike drop 2
  • Camping 1
  • Something special 1
  • Tourist sight 1
  • Police 1