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Old 04-03-19, 04:28 PM
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Greece Tour!

Hello Everyone!

I'm trying to plan a solo, unsupported tour in Greece in late May (20-30th or so). Looking for something around 300-400 miles that I plan to do over 8-10 days with breaks. I'm not looking for anything TOO challenging (I'm by no means a pro cyclist!) so trying to avoid serious climbs though distance (40-60 miles p/day) is fine.

Love the beach so wanted to try to stay near the coast but not sure how the roads or scenery is. I've used Google street view to get a basic idea but if anyone has any experience touring Greece (and has a moment to check out my route!) I would be eternally grateful for any advice or suggestions! Here is my tentative route [unfortunately they won't let me post the route! Does anyone know how I can post a URL?] though I'm not 100% committed to it if anyone has suggestions for something better.

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Alternatively, if anyone knows a company that sells routes that would work too. I've reached out to some Bike tour agencies but they insist on luggage transfer, bike rental, booking lodging ahead of time, etc and I would prefer to kind of wing it. They won't sell their routes alone unfortunately

Thanks!
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Old 04-03-19, 07:45 PM
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I once toured in the Pelopponese peninsula and found it challenging. The roads along the south coast typically had long climbs up, then long descents down to cross a little river, then back up again. It was very pretty, however, and traffic wasn't bad once I got onto the peninsula. I started in Athens and went across the Corinth Canal south to Nafplion, then to Sparta, then to the south end of the peninsula. Then north to Kalamata. I went north from Kalamata to Olympia, away from the south coast. I think the part from Kalamata to Olympia wasn't nearly as hard as the other parts of my route. I was there in mid-June and it was pretty hot already. Your late May timing should be pretty good.
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Old 04-04-19, 02:52 PM
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I rode from Igoumenitsa in the north ( it's on the mainland opposite Corfu) to Athens. Greece is hilly with pretty good roads, you'll be rewarded by great scenery. If you aren't into hilly terrain you might want to try Crete, the northern coastal road is relatively easy. Also easy riding is the island of Rhodes. The summers get hot, however beer is available everywhere.👍
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Old 04-04-19, 05:37 PM
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may I suggest looking at the "website crazy guy on a bike"
I personally have no experience whatsoever with anything about Greece, other than working once with two Greek guys a long time ago who would yell at each other like fricken crazy, to the point that for a week or so I was certain fisticuffs were about to happen, but after a while, I reallized that they were just "talking" to each other.....
I did however learn a few greek words that guys say over and over and over to each other, not family friendly, but there you go

hopefully on cgoab you can find some tourers who put down their routes and impressions
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Old 04-05-19, 11:05 AM
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And just in case you were wondering, the reference to “crazy” is not intended to demean mentally handicapped people, but refers to someone who really likes bike touring, and “guy” is a general reference to all people, not just men.
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Old 04-08-19, 11:00 AM
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hahaha. thanks for the clarification! I will take a look there today. @djb thank you for the suggestion!
@axolotl thank you for that advice! I am hoping to arrive too challenging a ride so may stay away from the peloponnese!
@gerryl thank you! will investigate Crete now!
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I did this once, solo, at age 21. Started in Athens airport (flew in from London) and rode around the Pelopponese. That was in ... 1984. I don't really remember much, but looking back on this, I would totally freak out if my own 21 year old kid decided to do it. It was hard.
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Be Careful

Greece was the site of Ian Hibell's last ride.. where he was struck & killed..
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@gerryl Have you taken that northern coastal road? I just looked and it seems like it's a pretty main road without much of a shoulder? Do you by chance still have the route you took?
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Originally Posted by alicewithbike View Post
@gerryl Have you taken that northern coastal road? I just looked and it seems like it's a pretty main road without much of a shoulder? Do you by chance still have the route you took?
Yes, I took the northern coastal road, there really isn't much of a choice. Being Greece the road is somewhat narrow, however it is easy riding since there aren't too many serious climbs, unlike mainland Greece. I rode from Sitia, after arriving by ferry from Rhodes, to Chania. I took side trip to Palaiochara on the south side of the island - tiny roads steep climbs.
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Old 04-17-19, 07:39 PM
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@gerryl Have you taken that northern coastal road? I just looked and it seems like it's a pretty main road without much of a shoulder? Do you by chance still have the route you took?
Ref. Shoulders.
Ive been on roads in Greece with nice wide shoulders, but due to the lack of maintenance roadside bushes haven't been trimmed in years and have totally taken over the shoulder forcing cyclist well onto the road.
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A loop in the Peloponnese would be a great choice

Perhaps read a guidebook to find the most promising region, then plot your back road route on a map.
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