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