31 Oct – 1 Nov Metsovo to Thessaloniki

115km from Metsovo to Kozani.
140km from Kozani to Thessaloniki.

8453km so far

Yesterday Sam and I went our separate ways. It of course involved a manly handshake and a “good luck”.
But I will remain impressed by a 19 year old deciding to even try to cycle from London to Athens, and more so by the fact he is wearing loafers and no sunglasses and could continuously outpace me. It has taken me about double his years to be as brave and I am still less hardy than he is. Well that’s enough of blowing his ego up.
Lets get back to my ride 🙂

From Kozani, it was up and down all the way. Some long sweeping downhills, only one scary sheepdog, and just a long day of looking at the next climb and trying to find the energy.

In Kozani I stopped at the Sodade bar! Panos, Nik and Niko taught me some Greek. And gave me Tsipouro, a clear shot of something very strong (it’s also called Raki). I fell asleep quickly that night !!

On the way to Thessaloniki I had to climb up to 1350m to be met by barking dogs of course. After leaving the tiny settlement, called Zoodehos Pigi (it’s not on the map so I guess they can call it whatever they like), it was downhill all the way to Veroia, and down to sea level again, where I had 80km on flat but busy roads.

Before arriving more dogs jumped out in the darkness. In my hurry to get off the bike and walk (this seems to calm them down) I fell off the bike. Embarrassed but with only the dogs having seen me fall, I got going again and reached Thessaloniki.

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