From Eceabat, Turkey to Kavala, Greece
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
72Trip End Jul 10, 2011
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Monday 04.04.2011 – we set off bright and early and made our way north through the town of Gelibolu (we call it Gallipoli for which the peninsula is named after), then onward to the Greek border. Fortunately for us we chose the right time to cross as we met up with a guy called John riding a BMW 1150GS who spoke fluent Turkish, Greek & English.
As soon as you cross the border from Turkey into Greece you hit a magnificent motorway that has a 130 km speed limit. It is almost deserted! We rode for nearly an hour eastbound and saw maybe a dozen vehicles both ways. Talk about under used. We then set a bee line to a town called Kavala because it was a by the sea and it seemed the right distance to cover for the rest of the day’s ride. Kavala has a population of about 30,000 and it seems to be a perfect spot for tourists, plenty of water sports, sun baking and relaxing etc.
We set Tom (our GPS) to navigate us to a hotel called the Oceanis Plaza in downtown Kavala, right near the water front which we thought would be nice. We also did a google search the night before and it checked in as the right price – bonus. As we pulled onto the footpath (a useful bike parking space is the footpath as Europeans have discovered & Melbournians have followed – pity we Queenslanders are slow to learn). To our surprise, bounding out the front door of the hotel came Fabulous Phil. Phil, Darren, Eric, Lou, Pete & Andy were staying at the hotel as well. It was their second night there. Talk about a coincidence – arriving at the same digs 500 km and two days apart! We checked in, secured the bike and reposed to the bar where drinks were consumed and stories exchanged. It seems Darren & Phil were just as surprised that they had chosen the same hotel as the others given they were not travelling together.
We then went for a walk around town and found a restaurant that served pizza and the local Greek beer called Mythos that was consumed by two thirsty travellers.