| September 5, 2022
ADV Legendary Routes exhibits us the best way round Greece on two wheels.
Phrases and Pictures by Simon Cudby
After a lengthy day of touring, we lastly exited Athens Worldwide Airport within the early night with our buddy and host Angelo Baltoyannis, the proprietor and co-founder of Legendary Routes, which organizes and operates adventure-motorcycle excursions in Greece. And he had an journey ready for me and driving buddy Randy Commans.
The plan? To spend 5 days driving round Greece on KTM 690s. We’d begin the journey within the mountainous Peloponnese space west of Athens after which journey by ferry to the Evia area within the east. Since we had been new to the world, we relied on Angelo, his brother and Legendary Routes’ co-owner, Paris, to indicate us some nice routes; in spite of everything, that’s their job.
Our intro to Greek tradition was quick as Angelo poured us some Ouzo with our dinner as we mentioned our route. We had been now anxious greater than ever to get going. However first, a great night time’s sleep.
We met the next morning at Legendary Routes moto headquarters within the coastal city of Glyfada, the place we mounted our Large Loop luggage onto our bikes. By lunchtime, we had been lastly on the street leaving Athens.
Nothing had ready us for the wall-to-wall visitors that greeted us proper out of the gate, however that was quickly behind us as we headed west and, none too quickly, out of the town. The shoreline roads we quickly discovered ourselves on had been wonderful with the clear blue waters far under us.
The primary city we visited was the port of Corinth, residence to the well-known Corinth Canal. Maybe you noticed Robbie Maddison ship it throughout the 70-foot hole in a Purple Bull video from a number of years in the past. The hole appeared lots wider to us, and we couldn’t think about anybody leaping it!
After a scrumptious lunch, we rode up and over Mount Kyllini with its twisty asphalt and a few nice off-road sections. Because the hours handed, it was getting near sundown, and the temperature was dropping quickly. We layered up our Alpinestars gear and pushed on into the darkish, navigating uphill switchbacks to the Kalavryta ski resort. Sure, they’ve snowboarding in Greece.
After a late dinner and some tasty native beers, it was off to mattress after what was an extended however unforgettable day within the saddle.
With fewer miles on as we speak’s agenda, our plan was to spend time exploring the Kalavryta space. We rapidly found that Greece has some improbable ADV trails as we crossed the hilltops with spectacular snow-covered peaks within the distance.
We noticed a small white church on a distant hill that seemed straight out of a film set.
Though we had seen a number of ADV riders on the town earlier that morning, we didn’t see one other soul on the paths all day.
After a lunch break on the town, we climbed in direction of the precise ski space. Randy and I commented that these trails had been nearly as good as what we had ridden in Idaho or Colorado. We took some detours on the route and even discovered slightly soar spot to shoot some images of Paris and Randy getting some air.
Day three’s plan was to journey over a number of mountain passes on our method again to Athens to start out the second a part of our journey. We skipped breakfast to beat a neighborhood ADV membership onto the paths. We skilled extra stunning views and nice big-bike terrain. We got here throughout a tiny village within the mountains for a late breakfast, then continued to a different small ski resort space with much more breathtaking views. We had already determined that driving bikes in Greece is one in every of ADV’s greatest secrets and techniques.
As we returned to the outskirts of busy Athens, it was recreation on as we carved via the visitors and again to the Legendary Routes HQ.
Now for one thing fully completely different. We had been on our bikes by 7 a.m. to catch the 8:30 a.m. ferry from Rafina to Marmari. We rode our bikes onto the ship after which took an hour’s break whereas watching the Aegean Sea move by beneath us on the quick crossing eastward over to the island of Evia.
Arriving in Marmari was one other movie-set second, because the native fisherman ready their nets on the jetty as we handed by on our KTMs.
Heading south alongside the abandoned seashores on a coastal street, we rode our method beside small bays and inlets that, once more, had probably the most unimaginable clear azure blue water.
We stopped for a sand-riding problem at an extended abandoned seaside, and most of us may do a number of frantic runs up and down with out an excessive amount of hassle. We appreciated the 690’s energy!
The afternoon was an enormous distinction to the morning’s journey, as we traversed rugged mountain roads to altitude earlier than heading all the way down to the city of Karystos.
We had been once more up early the next morning to catch the primary ferry again throughout to Rafina. We went south alongside the shoreline to our first extra touristy spot of the journey, the Temple of Poseidon. I attempted a number of Poseidon Journey jokes, however no person took the bait. Angelo instructed us a number of of the legend’s tales that got here from this space, and I’ve to say, there was a lot drama in Greece again within the day!
After one other improbable lunch (the meals right here is unimaginable), it was time to go away this historic space behind and make our method again to HQ in Glyfada.
As I stated earlier than, we couldn’t consider simply how good the driving was on our journey. The blokes from Legendary Routes have completely ready KTM and Husqvarna bikes, and we had zero technical issues the entire week. We will likely be again.
Legendary Routes gives a number of ADV touring packages, beginning at roughly $3000, which embrace a tour information, baggage assist, bike rental, lodging, breakfast and dinner. On-road excursions are additionally obtainable, as are customized excursions. You’ll discover that Legendary Routes Excursions could be very accommodating. Take a look at Legendary Routes Excursions right here.
Click on right here to learn the Touring Greece on Two Wheels article within the Cycle Information Digital Version Journal.