Aghia - Igoumenitsa
June 13 - June 27, 2003
Aghia - Kamari - Kanali - "Transamazonica"
- Ovrios ("Little Paradise") - Zagora
- South cost - Volos - Makrichori - Olymp -
Prioni - Olymp - Petra - Olymp - Kokkinoplos
- Livadi - Elassona - Trikala - Elassona -
Deskati - Kalambaka - Ambelia - Panaghias Chrisinou
monastery - Klinos - Krania - Paleochori -
Glikomilia - Stournareika - Vlacha - Geladaria
- Stournareika - Vathirevma - Polineri - Mirofilo
- Paleochori - Ambelia - Hiking tour- Vourgareli
- Theodoriana - Paleochori - Anthousa - Matsouki
- Christi - Katarapass - Metsovo - lake Aoos
- Igoumenitsa - Ferry to Italy - Ancona - Switzerland
Leg map (klick on
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June 13, 2003
Aghia - Kamari - Kanali - "Transamazonica"
- Ovrios ("Little Paradise")
Today we get up early taking advantage of the cool
morning. It's 7 AM and already 24 degrees Celcius warm.
We pack up quickly as we intend to go to the beach
at the ocean. Unfortunately we don't find the correct
way and continue driving south.
Goal is now to reach Kanali via Kamari.
We get quite heavily lost and finally rest at a chapel
Shortly after we stay at the village square of Sklithro und
ask the residents for the way to Kanali.
Even if we don't understand them we comprehend that
we have return and follow the main road.
The road get's bigger after each intersection until
we reach the main road to Kalamaki. We follow the road
over a ridge (nearly 1000m altitude) into the main
valley, to Kanali and over the next hill to the sea.
The way to the beach is quite narrow and reminds us
more to the "Transamazonica" then
to Greece. Also the forest is The forest is so dense,
one better calls it a jungle. Lianas grow and it has
a lot of waterholes and soft patches on the track.
We imagine, it could be tough to pass this track during
the wet season.
In middle of the jungle we find a meadow big enough
for a whole "Krauer group" to camp.
(For the "unaware readers": Martin Krauer
was our tour-guide on the Tunisia trip; See more under
Journeys --> Tunisia).
Finding the way isn't easy at all. Despite GPS and
1:50'000 maps we select twice the wrong way. Even the
map is of good quality it deviates up to 400 m against
GPS, which makes navigation a game of luck and trial
High above the sea we espy a beach at the blue water.
That' exactly where we want to go!
But there's still a long way to go (doesn't look's
like on the pictures) and we indeed manage to take
the wrong way a few more times .
Around 4 PM we finally arrive at Ovrios beach.
A small stream flows through the romantic bay into
We call it "Little Paradise", which best
describes what it really is ...
First of all a swim. The water is enjoyably warm,
so even Susi stays in it voluntarily for quite a while!
Another dweller shows up, surprised at our appearance
and asks how we managed to find this place. He says,
that it is even for the locals very difficult to reach
this marvelous place the way we came. We were a fair
bit proud ....
He also tells us that there will be a long weekend
ahead in Greece starting tomorrow and that this lovely
place will be hopefully crowded over the next 3 days.
So we decide to leave tomorrow again. What a bummer!
After diner and the usual dish washing procedure there
is once more time for a swim. Eating half of a water
melon then tops up our water balance.
In spite of the remoteness of the place 2 Cross-Bikes
and a Mazda-UTE pass by and follow the way we came
It's getting dark and a beautiful full moon illuminates
our little paradise.
June 14, 2003
Ovrios - Zagora - South coast
The sun forces us to leave our tents already before
8 AM. Breakfast is taken under a tree as it is already
too hot in the mozzy tent.
After 10 we are ready to go. Courageous Peter drives
over the sand to the other side of the beach. Beside
of one soft spot it turns out to be easy. Susi chooses
the way through the stream but lacks of momentum in
the steep sandy part right after. But she also manages
On the other side of the bay we encounter that the
road is paved nearly down to the beach. No wonder is
everybody and his mother coming here for the long weekend!
Further we continue on grave road to Zagora,
where we go shopping for the long weekend, drink a
Coffee-Frapée, send SMS's and do our regular
On route we find this interesting display of fruit-
Around noon we start heading south.
Arriving at the South coast region Ruedi wants to
look for a good camp already at the first beaches.
after an odyssey through the local olive groves we
find the first beach, which is in fact not a beach
but a steep coast. The camp site at the second beach
doesn't look all to promising. A lot of fisher boats
and nearly no room for camping.
We drive around the South strip and
right at the first possibility to the beach
After jolting a few meters over the beach we find
a marvelous small meadow right at the sea were we decide
to camp for the weekend.
Before we can go for a swim at last, the first group
of Greeks arrive and settle down just a few meters
By and by 2 other cars also arrive at the beach near
us as well as 2 other groups settling behind us. Soon
we camp as close as on a camping site.
Furthermore our neighbour's wife is constantly
nagging at her son.
Sunset is beautiful, but unfortunately heavily distorted
by neighbours nagging monster.
Neighbours make a great hullabaloo by their gabble
and music, but finally succeed to get quiet before
11 PM .....
June 15, 2003
At 6 AM action starts beside us as the men leave in
a boat. We stay in bed since we have nothing planned
for the day. We stay up at 8 for a comfy breakfast.
The nagging woman next "door" again constantly
bitches at her child. So we decide to leave for a more
There are lot of beaches like "ours" but
either they are not accessible or already crowded.
Obvious at a long weekend when the weather is beautiful.
We decide to drive to the end of the road shown in
the map and then to determine if we go for a beach
at this coast or if we leave for some other place maybe
inland. The marked end of the road on the map emerges
to be the real end of the road and we have to turn
Shortly before the end of the road we find quite a
big beach with only 3 cars. We drive through their
camp and settle down in the far rear part of the beach.
For the rest of the day we do nothing else then being
warm. It is so hot, we do not even have lunch.
Wonderful: No jangling, nagging, snubbing creature
around - so peaceful!
The photographers go deerstalking. Peter finds a praying
As it finally cools down a bit we start eating diner.
At 7 PM dish washing has also already been done.
Heidi and Peter need another swim and shower after
At a short briefing we determine it to be too hot
for us at the coast. Tomorrow we will leave for the
Mt. Olymp further north.
June 16, 2003
South cost - Volos - Makrichori - Mt.
The cock cries shortly before 8 AM today. We pack
our car as far as possible as long as they still stay
in the shade.
Eating breakfast and packing the rest has to be done
after the sun went up. We sweat accordingly.
Around 10 we pass again the Greek neighbours camp
bach onto the road continue our journey.
On our way north we pass the adventurous truck of
a local chicken deliverer.
We choose the fastest way through Volos und
on the motorway. Near the exit Makrichori we
have a Coffee-Frapée break in the shade of old
massive trees at 34 degree.
We decide to stay on the motorway until close to the
Mt. Olymp where we intend to sleep at our "bear
On our first trip to greece we were visited at this
place during the night by a fully grown brown bear
... wasn't all to pleasant ... Unfortunately the track
is too heavily washed out and we would have had to
repair the track for at least one hour. We were not
in favour for this kind of fun today.
So we drive to another place nearby we also already
know from our previous visit two years ago. There we
enjoy ether a shower (warm) or a bath in the stream
(cold). We pack up our backpacks for tomorrows hiking
tour at the Mt. Olymp just before a thunderstorm forces
us into our cars.
At 20:30 Ruedi still fails to find the GPS tracks,
is frustrated and and shuts down his PC.
Finally the rest of the group is "allowed"
to go now to the restaurant in the near village.
There nobody speaks any English, German, French, Spanish,
Italian .... so we are invited to the kitchen to select
our food from the grill. Several things sizzle on the
barbeque. We order by" finger pointing".
The meal is very good even we don't really know what
it all is. Only Susi's meet can definitely be defined
"something that once had wings".
After 10 PM we ride back, prepare for the night and
go to sleep.
June 17, 2003
Prioni - Olymp - Petra - Olymp
Wake-up call is very early to day (at least for Peter):
We climb already at 6:40 out of our tents.
Shortly before 9 we leave towards Pironi where
we leave our cars at the end of the road.
We first wander a fair bit back on bitumen before
branching into a walkway down to the monastery.
There are a huge number of monasteries all around
Greece in a possible conditions.
Unfortunately we can't visit the ruin as it is getting
restored right now.
At the stream we enter the official and well known
hiking trail which will finally bring us back to the
A lot of people are brought by tour busses to the end
of the road from where a path starts that normally
is walked down to the next village.
We prefer hiking uphill against the crown.
The trail is in good condition and often we have a
nice view to the Olymp.
At a beautiful place at the stream we pause for lunch.
Peter holds his foot in the water and instantly gets
a cramp in the cold water.
Never less Heidi and Ruedi have a short bath, Susi
und Peter go on strike. The water is too cold, coming
directly from the top of the Olymp.
We continue our ascent enjoying the marvelous Alpine
After 2 PM we return to our last camp intending to
take a bath there, but the camp is full of Gypsies.
So we directly continue towards Petra.
We want to follow a small track marked with green
line (scenic road) on the map. Without problem we even
find it's start point!
We follow the track to an intersection with is marked
with its GPS coordinate on the map. Our GPS shows remarkable
different coordinates than the map. It makes us a bit
insecure, as the map is usually "only" inaccurate
by max. 500m. Later we see a note on the map telling
that the positions are partially intentionally wrong
for copyright reasons. Could really be true as other
GPS coordinates on the map proofed to be very precise.
We now follow the road with the green line on the
map. Unfortunately there is no view down the valley
since the trees are meanwhile too high and too narrow
at the road.
Often we have to drive very slow because we are touching
At the highest point at the turning point of the
road in the valley we look for today's camp. We don't
find anything nice or romantic until we drive a fair
bit back, where we park at the roadside having a nice
free view to the peaks of the Olymp. Not a single car
will drive by during our stay.
Soon after sundown it get's uncomfortably cold and
we reach for our sleeping bags.
Crazy! Two days ago we were lying at the beach with
June 18, 2003
Kokkinoplos - Livadi - Elassona - Trikala
- Elassona - Deskati - Kalambaka
Even so Susi had the intention for a long lasting
sleep, Ruedi already goes up a 7:30 and at 8 he decides,
also the other members of the crew will have had enough
sleep by now! So we pack up and at 10 we are already
on the road again.
We add a small loop on a little track before arriving
in Kokkinoplos. Right before the village
we take a small road to the west: A beautiful Alpine
We find an bank full of forest-strawberries. We collect
a lot of them for a long awaited "Birchermuesli".
Unfortunately the berries end as mush in Heidi's fridge,
so a small desert is all we get :-((
Before Livadi the sky looks not only
cloudy but very dark grey.
We decide to directly approach the already known camp
at Meteora where we will have to wash
our clouds once again .
We already know Livadi from our first journey where
we got heavily lost.
This time we are prepared and very cautious.
We proudly find the right way through Livadi, find
the right exit and also the correct first branch after
Livadi. In the lowlands after Livadi faith caught up
with us and sent us higgedly-piggedly through the countryside
until we found back to the paved road we were looking
for. We choose the south-route via Elassona and Trikala.
In Elassona we somehow end up on the
yellow road which we then follow to Deskati.
Neverless we arrive already around 7 PM at the camp
in Kalambaka near the Meteora monasteries.
While connecting the power cable Ruedi looks for the
230 V~ plug converter but doesn't find it. Susi then
finds it in the same plug we left it the last time
we were on that camp. Amazingly nobody has taken the
We enjoy the warm shower and wander afterwards through
the village for diner. We order again backed cheese,
but it isn't as good as the one we had in Kipi.
June 19, 2003
Kalambaka - Ambelia - Kloster Panaghias
Today we take it easy. The trees on the campside spend
some good shade, so it doesn't get hot in the tent.
After an ample breackfast Ruedi has to geo-reference
the South-Pindows maps and Peter has to import them
to his GPS-Connected PDA. The women do the washing.
All of a sudden we see a strange animal walking over
It looks like a hudge grasshopper. It's length is about
7 cm (no kidding!).
Due to our cosiness we nearly forget to checkout of
the campside before noon.
We managre shopping easily before 1 PM, buy also some
nice fruits on the way before heading south on a large
After several tries we find the right way through
the river and also the sequel of the dirt track. We
don't find the turnoff to the small track we are looking
for, exept it is a dry river bed which is not ridable.
So we take the lager road to Ambelia and
there the small dirt track up the hill.
The track is small, preciptios and tapered towards
peripheryt. It is quit challenging for the drivers
as the cars occationally slip.
In the thik of it a thunderstorm is appraching.
We try to leave the steep tracks as fast as possible
and to get back to the wider dirt road which would
bring us back to Ambelia.
The rains starts shortly before we are back on the
wider track. That one is also already slippery but
it has a shoulder and is not tapered.
As the rain carries on and get's even heavier, driving
is getting unconfortable and dangerous. Down in the
vally the rain looks to be even more intense.
We decide to stay over night half way down just beside
the lost Monastery Panaghias Chrisinou and
park on the forecourt.
Camping on a former church square might not be a
bright idea since the church looks to be still occationally
in use. We park nearby on a flat area and install our
tarps and tents.
Rains stops around 5 PM and we finaly eat some lunch.
Shortly after at 7 PM we are fed again. Dessert: Kaiserschmarrn
with vanilla creme. Splendid!!
For the unaware: Kaiserschmarrn is an Austrian speciallity:
cut-up and sugared pancake with raisins.
On the spot we stay it has a lot of grasshoppers.
Somehow they believe in a flooding and flee in thousands
to tall plants and up the church wall.
Fog waves over the valley and the outlook is fantastic.
The evening alows once more astonishing pictures to
Since it is very clammy, we soon after find ourselfs
in the sleeping bags.
Kloster Panaghias Chrisinou - Klinos -
Krania - Paleochori - Glikomilia
Today Susi is at fault: She wakes us up at 6.50 thinking
it uis 7:30 Uhr.
Peter nearly couldn't cope with it ....
After breackfast we are at 9:30 already on our way.
No wonder after such unforgivable misbehaving! Since
we don't find the first branch to Klinos we
take the next road further down.
After Klinos the road rises again until we drive mainly
in the fog. The few sights we get in between the waft
of mist look very promising.
After a small part of paved road we continue again
on a small track (one with the green stripe on the
This is todays challange indeed as the track was used
by big trucks to drag timber.
Partially the grooves are too deep and we cannot drive
in the lane but on the tracks shoulder.
Halfway we meet the grader fixing the road. What
a bummer! The track is now less bumpy, but the holes
in it still quite deep.
In Krania we change to another small
track towards Paleochori. Also there
we get into the fog.
We stop at a known well but we only find a plastic
tube with a small rinse.
Looks to be it, but is not usable to fill upp the watertanks.
But here we see interesting two layerd rocks. Lookas
if the upper part has flown once over the lover layer.
After Paleochori a paved road brings us down to tha
valley, where we want to look for a campside beside
On route (shortly before 2 PM) Heidi, Susi and Peter
express their which to eat lunch. Ruedi believes there
would be good places at the river bank.
First of all we meet a funeral right beside the church
on the one lane track. We have to wait until the people
all passed by.
Then we look for the way to Monastery Taxiarchon.
Close to the monastery we agree that the dirt track
would be too steep to drive back, should rain fall.
We go back.
So we start looking for our camping spot on the river
further down. Ruedi insists, that eating lunch now
is no good practice since we will find our bivouac
within a few minutes.
The track along the river is crossed by many small
creeks which is a problem for Peters tow-bar as he
touches ground on about every crossing. To that effect
we move on very slow.
Exactly 20 Minutes past 3 PM the crew mutins: We eat
300 m after the place we eat lunch we find a nice
Campside under the trees directly beside the river
Unfortunately the riverbed is dry on this side. Only
a small rill flows here.
We install the site and Heidi an Peter start reading
Since the water is not flowing right beside of our
camp, we start redirecting the river, so we get the
right sound during the night.
One our late also Heidi and Peter join to help.
2 hours later work is completed and the water dabbles
nicely before the "house".
Next is taking a shower and prepairing diner.
Some sheep herds are passing by.
Later on the idyll get's slightly embittered as a
heavy garbage-truck bails it's full load onto a sandbank
in the nmiddle of the river. The motto is: "The
next flood will wash the rubbish and our problems away....."
Emazing these days! A few days ago we saw a lot of
people taking a bath further down the river.
After the daily photo-show we tiredly fall into our
June 21. 2003
Glikomilia - Stournareika - Vlacha - Geladaria
- Stournareika - Vathirevma
Wake-up call is only at 9 tday. The sky is still clouded
and there is no sight in the mountains.
This means extended breackfast.
Towards 10:30 weather is getting better and we start
Before noon we start our journey towards Stournareika.
This time Peter does better and doesn't constantly
smashes his tow-bar into the track so we can carry
on much faster.
What all a lunch can do ;-)
In Glikomilia we once more are looking
for a signpost but with some luck we find the right
track directing south also without it.
Navigation in greece is difficult. The correctness
and availability of signposts on 2. and 3. class roads
is horrible even with the correct maps and GPS available,
since also the maps are very inaccurate and sometimes
wrong by several 100 meters.
The valley is verry green with very dens forrests.
A shepherd drives in front of us in his old HiLux until
he finds his animals.
The road continusly worsen back in the vally it also
get's wet and mellow, but it stays ridable. Shortly
before the pass we meet a timber truck winching tree
trunks along the track. Doesn't make the track look
After a short break on the pass we continue to the
talmac road near the ski-lift.
After a few kilometers only we branch off againt
to the dirt track towards , Vlacha,
a road very seldom used. Dthe road has many deep mud
holes, the cars look grat again!.
Further we go heading south-west. Near Geladaria we
find a signpost for Stournareika,
but we take a smaller, less used and smaller track.
Navigation is again very demanding, as we partially
drive on roads with no signs of use so it is difficult
to decide which way to go on branches.
Abot 2 km before the pass a tree is blocking the track
(Ruedi: A small tree this time!).
We decide to cut it instead of draging it away.
Then it get's even smaller and steeper. About 500
m before the pass the track goes straight up the hill
and has a lot of wash-outs. After prior inspection
we decide to continue and it works out to be easyer
as expected. One has to keep in mind, that our cars
are heavy loaded up to the rim which makes it much
more difficult to cope with the terrain and there is
an eminent chance of breacking a drive shaft.
On the other side a nice valley perfectly illuminated
by the sun
We continue west over the pass and down into the valley.
It is very narrow and we don't find no spot for camping.
The cows make themselfs comfortable on the road and
don't move. we have to drive around them.
Also the farmers still do a lot of things without machines.
After an hour we find a flat square below the main-road
Not very quiet bit it will do.
It has a lot of gorgeous spurge-caterpillars (or how
ever they are called in English).
June 22. 2003
Vathirevma - Polineri - Mirofilo - Paleochori
As Heidi is already hunting around at 7:30 we go up
with cold 12°C.
Sky is fully blue.
Before departure our dirty exhaust has to be documented
first. The dirt is rock solid.
We leave around 10 AM direction west, buy fruits and
vegetables on a mobile sales stand in Vathirevma and
take the pass direction sourth to Polineri.
The dirt track is well maintained and we get along
We corner through the hills and see a river below
in one of the valleys.
That's where we want to go!
Around noon we are in Mirofilo and
decide to eat some fruits and to take a bath.
The water temperature is about 19° C. Susi only
takes a small dip. It's too cold.
It's also quite shallow. Peter, Heidi and Ruedi let
themselfs drift for approx. 50 m but that's all of
After 1 PM we continue on paved road heading Paleochori.
At Ambelia we top-up fuel, buy milk,
yogurt and icecream.
Then it rises uphill, beginning on paved roads and
later on on dirt tracks.
After 2 km a hudge tree is blocking the road. Ruedi
would like nto push it off the road.
Since the hill is quite steep and the tree, even if
broken into 3 parts, very heavy, the rest of the crew
believes it to be too dangerous. Ruedi once more may
not play around with his toysand is slightly pissed-off.
We deside to go back and take another road with the
At 6 PM we are at an altitude of 1800 m.
There we find a gorgeous flower meadow, where we
place our cars.
Shortly after we eat diner.
Since the sundown is already after 7 PM, the sun will
shine into our tents shortly after 6 AM next morning
June 23. 2003
Ambelia - Hiking - Vourgareli - Theororiana
Sunrise is as expected right after 6 AM and it starts
warming up our bones.
We still stay in bed. 6 o'clock is too early to go
The heat of the sun forces us out of bet after a short
There is ample breackfast as we want to hike up to
the top of the near hill.
9 AM we move on, uphill as far as we can drive.
A first smal rock we are able to pull away.
Further up is soon the very end of any driving: There
are too many, too big rocks blocking the track.
We put on our hiking boots and off we go to the top.
After 500 m we reach the end of the road, so we would
not have driven much further anyway. We walk throug
gorgeous flower meadows, the photographers could rest
here for ever and a day ....
We find some peculiar rocks having spheric inclusions.
Having such nice weather and such a good sight one
is clear: We have to go to the top.
We accend slowly and enjoy the superb views.
Even we walk on the ridge, there are still rocks
lying around as in a scree.
The top on 2290 m still doesn't offer
a full 360° view, but at least 300° are visible
and the outlook is gorgeous and worth any drop of sweat.
We enjoj the well-deserved rabbits and cakes on the
Unfortunately we cannot stay for long as a thunderstorm
is approaching and the way downhill will be partially
steep and slippery when wet.
After our descent we return to last nights campsite
and wash ourselfs with the freezing-cold spring-wather.
We curve downhill and take lunch near a mobile-antenna.
Since the fallen tree is still blocking the road (and
Ruedi still not allowed to remove the obstacle) we
take again the deviation thru Vourgareli,
where we go shopping again at the local gas-station.
We would like to drive northwest via Theororiana over
The mountains here are are quite high and impressive.
More and more clouds flash by and it is rather cool.
Half way up to the pass a nativ lets his doughter
ask us in English where we intend to go. After our
explanation, he informes us that the narrow road over
the pass is still cosed for another month. On the picture
above one can see where the road woul go .... it's
So we decide to look for a camping spot further down
in the valley after Theodoriana. A
gravel-pit is not very invitational, but a provisional
track used to bild a new road, just beside the river
is more to our liking.
Only later we notive that the dump of the nearby village
is just oposite the river. Again they dump all the
rubbish into the river and the whole slope is full
of colured plastic bags. We don't understand it at
all!! Since it doesn't smell from the dump, we don't
care, but the evening bath in the river is canceled
und we wash ourselfs using the bush-shower.
Our lovely wifes make pancace and maple-sirup for diner
and shortl after we are in the lala-land.
June 24 2003
Theodoriana - Paleochori - Anthousa -
Matsouki - Christi
Next morning life starts very early at the building
site mand catapults us out of the snuggly sleeping
After breackfast we start at 10 AM northwards.
We stash water on one of the many wells they have
all around greece.
Greece governments intention isit to catch all the
water from all the fountains and to make it accessable
to the public. The country has lots of wather at least
in the nordern part.
This church has a very special bell tower indeed.
Look as they were run out og money before completion
We also pass this tidal barrier.
It was completed 1995 but never used afterwards.
The locals have been resettled further up the hill
when they started building the dam, but now they start
returning down into the vally again.
It's getting constantly hotter.
At the bridge to Paleochori, which
is currently inhabited by cattle we branch off and
go down to the rivera.
A bath in the river is the go now! It's the same river
we already took a bath on the 22. of June.
Up here theb water is a few degree colder than a few
days ago further down.
Susi hops into the water only to get pictured.
(Right after we find her in the warmest jacket she
could find ...).
Soon after we corner uphill an behind every pass there's
a next chain of mountains ahaed of us ....
Around noon we reach a pass where the road is strewn
Peter first tries to drive around them but failed.
Nature is brutal. Caterpillers eat their injured colleagues
even before they are dead.
Before Anthousa we take a small track
over the hill.
Die landscape is very imposing, one drives one the
ridge most of the time.
Some time later on the alpine road on about 1800 m
we eat lunch. Birchermüesli with a lot of self
We take the road via Matsouki, and
hope to find a camping spot on about 1400 m but on
this altitude it has a lot of cattle and herdsmen,
so we decend down to the valley.
We pass a monastery that is actually built into the
Around Christi it is very hot and
Heidi starts suffering again.
We looking for a camp, but have to go a few villages
Luckily we find a road that leads into the river
bed where wi find a spot for the night. Even it is
alread after 6 PM we have a extensive bath in the river.
Hier two rivers merge: The water in the one comming
from the narrow valley is bitterly cold, the water
from the one flowing over a flat plain for quite a
while already is warm.
The water at the merging is shallow and one can not
swim. We lay in the water and enjoy the spa. Afterwards
we have shower as we are well aware that further up
the road all the rubbish is dumped into the river.
The day ends with diner and with watching our new
pictures on the PC's.
June 25 2003
Christi - Katarapass - Metsovo - Aoos-See
Since we park in the shade we can sleep in until 8
AM without getting boiled.
After breakfast we drive in the river bed back to
the bridge to get some action pictures.
We take another bath before weleave. Even so the water
is not as warm as yesterday evening, we can still enjoy
Cooled down we head north after lunch.
One last view that shows our camp from way above the
The road is very narrow and has some nasty washouts.
As we are high up in the steep mountains it needs quite
some currage to pass them.
The white road has a green line in the middle and
is bumpy. The views are stunning.
When we reach the pass around 2 PM to eat lunch, we
can already see down the valley to Ioaninna.
Consulting the map we see a large artificial lake
at north om 1400 m altitude, west of the Katara
Passes. Thats where we want to go. We have
red a magazine where they also camped at that lake.
We drive strait to Metsovo, go shopping
and get a Eis coffee.
After 5 PM we continue our journey. We chose the northern
route since the magazine describes it as being adventures.
Nowadays it is a 6 m wide gravel road and besides a
few potholes in best condition. At the dam of the artificial
lake we find a nice rest area were we stay over night.
after diner we watch the cloads and the distant lighning
before going to bed in greece for the last time.
During the night we hear strange howling. It seems
to come from allover the valley.
We as wellas heidi are sure we heard wolfs, but Peter
recons they are dogs, strange ones, but still dogs.
Ruedi is very exited and is nearly unable to sleep.
He constantly looks out of the tent and peers for wolfs.
But even if they where wolfs we are too close to civilisation
to be able to see them. The animals would not walk
just below the street light just that Ruedi can spot
them. Also the occational cars passing by doe not help.
June 26 2003
Aoos-See - Igoumenitsa - Fähre Richtung
8AM we are already awake since we have to be at Igoumenitsa
by late afternoon.
After breakfast and packing up, we say good by to
the greek hinterland.
We heading east. At the westside of the lake there
are divers in a dingy and lots of police. Happily they
cause a delay for us.
We reach the main road where we decide to see the Katara
Pass before we continue towards Igoumenitsa.
Then we must drive towards Igoumenitsa,
where we get cheap fuek for the last time.
Since we have some time left, we turn around and look
for a nice beach we have seen on the map. Ruedi recons
it is easier to find the beach by driving through a
small village instead looking for it from the city
side. At first we hardly find the way through the village
and afterwards it doesn't get any better inn the flat
agriculture area. According to GPS we have still 2
km to go.
The tracks get narrower and there are many closed gates
on our way. We give up.
Lateron we read in a magazine, that we should have
opened the gates to get access to the beach.
Instead we go now to the beach closest from town.
A flat sandy beach, the water warm as in the bath tub
and lots of greek peaople!
Neverless we have a swimm, also this experience must
be made once.
After a final freshwater shower Heidi misses her glasses.
Unfortunately we don't find it anymore
Ruedi helps out with one of his. She fits quit well.
At the Superfast counter we get our boarding passes,
head into town for shopping and an "afternoon
tea", return to the harbor and queue up for boarding.
Relativley late we find out that we wait in the wrong
But we are lucky and by pushing to the queue for "Camping
on Bord" we still find a spot on board under the
In exchange for the unfriendly pushing and the good
spot we get sprayed by sea water during the night and
the tents get sprinkled by rain during the day.
June 27 2003
Ancona - Schweiz
On our arrival at Ancona the wetter is beautiful.
Peter reduces the tyre pressure (why ever he had pumped
them up higher than usual) and we head homewards.
Nach 2 Zwischenhalten essen wir z'Nacht in der Raststätte
Heidi and Peter plan to stop at the Disentis campsite
over night, but change their mind and also drive home
At the Gotthard Ruedi gets his glasses back, we say
good by and are home around 9 PM.
We had a superb time in greece and it is for sure
not the last time we have been there.
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and correctness of this document is accepted.
Friday, 08.02.2019 8:35 PM
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