Athens/Αθήνα, Greece to Pogradec, Albania– 608 km this section (Total Mileage: 12,522 km/40,075 km)
As those of you who’ve read my last few posts will know, my mother and a family friend, Jeanie Daskais, joined me on the road through Greece, Albania and Montenegro. My mother had been volunteering in refugee camp clinics on the eastern Greek island of Lesbos, and decided to join me as I cycled north from Athens.
It was a real comfort having them with me. The one thing I consistently miss about my life back home is the opportunity to build long-term relationships with people. It’s not a question of language or compatibility–I meet kind and interesting humans wherever I go. I’ve made new friends faster in the past year and a half than I ever had previously, but the thing is, they can’t last. A day or two later, I move on down the road.
Having my mom and Jeanie with me joined my life on the road with a sense of home. Even though they’ve now returned to the U.S., it’s still easier to find the energy to write, to get going in the morning and to keep pedaling up the last hill of the night.
Our route through Greece
6 thoughts on “Summer Ends in Greece: 14 Photos From the Road”
once again, great pictures and commentary. Thanks, Forest.
It’s very interesting to hear about the ideal position of Greece for solar power. It’s a shame that the rest of the European community has crippled the countries economy, rather than thinking holistically about economic policy. Might we have reversed the externalities of unclean fuel with a more forward thinking approach? Perhaps we could have supported Greece in managing its economic issues through a collective investment in green energy: for the country and ideally beyond…
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Great photos as usual!
Re monasterys : Interesting how built forms are cued to adjacent natural forms. Especially at Vaarlam, where middle-right pavilion size and even specific columns grow directly out of rock below.
I thought the same. Not many such monasteries that I’ve seen have made such an effort to conform to the structure of the rock.