Tuesday 15th October 2013 – Kamena to Elefsina.

Kamena to Elefsina. 106 miles.

Well today didn’t go quite according to plan but that was the gamble I took yesterday afternoon, the route I should have taken went up another mountain and I couldn’t take another climb, not late in the day anyway! The route I took knew turned into a motorway, I was just hoping to either ride on it ( there aren’t any signs saying you can’t and a local did tell me that nobody would stop me because I’m a tourist) or maybe there was another road that wasn’t on my map.
It all started ok and I was making good progress flying along on the motorway until I came to a toll booth, I knew I should have got off before it but I was just hoping that it would have been like it was in China where I just used to ride through! Not the police got me before I got there and made me cycle back to the last exit, the one I should have got off at!
The police were ok really, they seemed more interested in my big stick I was carrying in case of dogs, when I explained to them what it was for they just smiled.
I did manage to follow the motorway for a good few more miles on the service road that ran along side but even that run out and I found myself on a dirt track heading away from the motorway! I eventually found my way back and then at the first opportunity headed in land on a road that was on my map.
Think I might have pushed myself a little bit too much today, not sure if it was the heat or lack of food but I felt really faint this afternoon and just had to stop and have something to eat and drink, I could really feel myself going, I was going up another big climb at the time and I’d already done ninety miles! Luckily I still had plenty of water and some Gummy bears to get my sugar level back up, after about 10 minutes I felt fine and continued up the climb.
Finished in the dark again tonight, but I’m more or less where I wanted to get too, think I’ve got about a ten mile ride into the centre of Athens, although I don’t know what or where I’m exactly heading for!

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