Rio to Zahlorou

Trip Start Oct 26, 2006
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Trip End Aug 2007


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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Story of Toni
One of our favorite people stories is about a guy named Toni. On our first day of riding in Greece, Toni was driving in the opposite direction as we were passing through a little village on our way to Kalavryta. Upon seeing us, he stopped his car, rolled down his window and shouted "WHERE YOU FROM?!". So we stopped to chat, and Toni, a long, gray-haired, bearded man straight out of the Haight Ashbury in the 60s, proceeded to tell us what seemed to be his entire life story in the span of 20 minutes. After hearing what seemed to be far too much to fit into this man's lifetime, we were skeptical when he told us to go find this little restaurant/hotel in Zahlorou to stay the night in. We had already gone as far as my legs wanted to go, it was getting late, we were still 20 - 30 km from Kalavryta, and Zahlorou would be another 10km past that. Hmmm, do we trust this complete stranger and go all the way to Zahlorou?  Well, he is a gemologist (supposedly) and gave us each a little pebble of "asbestite" to bring us a good luck, so he certainly has a heart, and certainly had a good aura about him. The last 10km to Zahlorou would be all downhill, but if our instincts were wrong and Toni was full of shit, then we'd have to turn around and go back up the damn hill to Kalavryta. I would be rejoicing and Toni would be my favorite person if all went well (i.e. hotel and no camping for the evening), but I would be cursing him if I had to climb all the way back up to Kalavryta. We decided to follow our instincts and give him the benefit of the doubt, and turns out Zahlorou would be in our Top 3 favorite spots in Greece. Thanks, Toni! It was a very cozy little hotel for only 30 euros, and we had a fantastic dinner of "pork steak" and french fries, with the cook's famous tzatziki! When the cook/waitress came out to take our order, she became too frustrated with her little bit of english and our complete lack of greek, so dragged us back to the kitchen to have a look at what she had to offer. In the end we ordered exactly what she recommended, and were not disappointed. They were so kind there, and it's a place that I don't think you would ever find in any guidebook.
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