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    Default UK to Greece (Athens) and o to islands

    I tell you I look at the posts of rides
    in the US and it pains me. I so want to
    ride from east to west but cost has always stopped me.
    To do that on a GS must be positively wonderful.

    Anyway this thread is the next expedition.
    Having ridden round Crete 2020 on a hired Yamaha
    550 trial type road going thing and finding the
    expense detracting from the ride I need to
    ride there on the GS. Crete is simply amazing
    by the way. This one would be Crete, Rhodes
    and on up back to Athens.

    A few years ago i went round Europe on
    my GS , 5000 miles in total as far east
    as Prague and then back round spain. This
    in a tent on back of bike. An awesome time.
    The best. Made easier when I broke down
    this site assisted in the fix in Holland.

    Has anyone gone from uk to athens to get the ferry ?
    2100 miles one way.I usually do no more than
    200-270 mile hops per day checking out sites
    as I go. How has the mental torture of
    a return of 2100 miles gone ?

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    Now that would be the ride of a lifetime for me.

    I've never traveled abroad and couldn't imagine how to plan a ride like that. Do you have trouble passing from one country to another? Maybe it's just like toll roads here in the states with a booth on the roadside kind of checkpoint. Don't even dismount, just pay the toll or show your identification?

    Here in the states, it's easy to just ride. Grab a map, or just wander for days. Well, pre Covid anyways...

    I plotted a course on the map. Is this the route you'd take?


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    I so must get to states ...
    If I was rich I'd bring my bike over and just head
    west.

    Yes your route is a way. However I find
    the route opens up as you get going.
    I always get stuck in Normandy, Somme
    and must visit Amsterdam again. Down to Colditz castle
    Prague and down to Croatia to check Snorkeling
    beaches then somehow down to Greece but hell there
    is Corfu to see too.
    So the route will just happen. Being jobless and
    almost homeless helps !

    I find on my GS it is not the same as hammering
    through the countryside on a BMW 1200 ...
    It is harder for sure but with my new headlight
    fairing it might save my neck in the wind.

    If america was cheaper I'd be there in a shot,
    by a GS in Boston or somewhere and get going.

    When I do this trip I'll blog on here as before.
    Hope it comes off
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burque73 View Post
    Now that would be the ride of a lifetime for me.

    I've never traveled abroad and couldn't imagine how to plan a ride like that. Do you have trouble passing from one country to another? Maybe it's just like toll roads here in the states with a booth on the roadside kind of checkpoint. Don't even dismount, just pay the toll or show your identification?

    Here in the states, it's easy to just ride. Grab a map, or just wander for days. Well, pre Covid anyways...

    I plotted a course on the map. Is this the route you'd take?
    Many of those countries are in the Schengen Area (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Area) and there are no border checks at all. You just drive on through, only a sign to mark the border. (and maybe a change in speed limits.)
    For the Balkan countries you'd have to check to see if a visa is needed for US citizens but I highly doubt it.
    Basically, moving about in Europe is very easy and hassle-free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichDesmond View Post
    Basically, moving about in Europe is very easy and hassle-free.
    Not after Brexit, it won't be.
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    Athens, along with Rome, is a place where I absolutely loathe driving.
    "Thought he, it is a wicked world in all meridians; I'll die a pagan."
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    Honeymoon, 1997, we rented a dual sport motorcycle for a day to ride around Mykonos from one clothing-optional beach to another (we prudish Americans opted to leave ours on). No helmets. The guy in the shop gave me kind of a funny look when I asked about them. He waved a hand at a couple of very vintage helmets way up high on a shelf and covered in an inch of dust. So in sandals, swimsuits and bare heads, we rode all the way around that island and visited some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. 3 days there, 3 days on Santorini, 4 days in Athens (3 too many). As an Architecture buff, the Acropolis was sort of a pilgrimage, and walking, shopping, visiting cafes in Plaka was great. But Athens is stinking hot beginning of August and our hotel AC was not sufficient. I would be scared and never want to drive any vehicle in Athens, and I’m a seasoned Boston driver. We’d really love to go back someday and see some more of the islands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimly View Post
    Not after Brexit, it won't be.
    Yeah, but Britain has decided that it’s not part of Europe. So my statement stands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GS1150Pilot View Post
    Athens, along with Rome, is a place where I absolutely loathe driving.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rich82GS750TZ View Post
    .I would be scared and never want to drive any vehicle in Athens, and I’m a seasoned Boston driver...
    Athens is insane, for sure. Pretty much the outer limit of what I’m willing to drive in.
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    I tend to camp outside cities and bus in if they need
    visiting. Athens only need to get to port and then to islands.
    You can get anywhere from that port.

    I am a month back from Rhodes in between uk
    and greek lockdown. I hired a 80cc 2 stroke
    scooter and circumnavigated the island. A good
    chap who gives me the bike for 10 a day
    as I'm a fellow 2st rider. Nice and easy up the
    winding mountain roads ......

    I hate hiring a bike. Mad costs. Simply no
    good for travels as held back by time and money.
    Having your own GS is like having a horse I
    found. Just needs food and water (and the gs forum).

    The issue is can one mentally take the trip back ? I Wonder if
    you can out bike on a train ?
    Way back would have to be greece to southern italy
    on the ferry and up to make it different.

    let's see how the world is on march !
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