On the whole trip we had a combination of sunny and rainy weather. However the biggest challenge was saved for last. At the Brennero pass.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Our trip started off on a stormy day from
. Athens, Greece
Headed off towards the
(a distance of
250km). All though the initial Attiki odos and national road to the ancient
town of port
of Patras Corinth is great (with toll costs being
around 3.5 euros), the road from there to Patras is probably the worst you will
find in .
A shame really considering that this is the road that connects us to Greece, due to unfinished road-work (for the last few years) Europe. Mostly 1 lane in each direction with no
protection from the oncoming traffic, it’s quite dramatic in the rain,
especially at night and with a motorbike. The tarmac needs attention as
previous lane-lines have been blacked out with a very slippery when wet
paint... However the view both towards the sea on your right and the tall
mountains on your left make up for it, especially in daylight. And when you
approach Patra, you get a stunning view of the new Rio-Antirio bridge.
As we left our house late in the day, we just made the ferry to
for about 5
minutes. That was certainly due to our 999cc companion, as it took us and our
100kg load easily through the extreme weather conditions to our destination.
The wind and rain protection the bike gives is great, and in combination with
our new KTM PowerWear rain suits, we hardly felt any moisture on our skin
for the whole trip. Fully loaded I managed to get 220km out of 16litres of
regular unleaded fuel (at the time 1.85Euros/Litre, in Venice ). Athens
The ferry trip (Patra-Igoumenitsa-Venice) is a total of around 34 hours.
It sounds quite a lot but if you have a cabin then the trip can actually be regenerative.
I set the GPS with our next destination, just
300km north-east. Our initial target was to complete the trip in small
increments and as bad weather greeted us off the ferry in Klagenfurt,
Austria , it seemed we would spend the
night in this pretty Austrian lakeside town. However when we entered the first
long tunnel in Italy
we came out the other side, only with the need to pull over and unpack our
This being the case we took advantage of it and continued another 350km to arrive in
later on in the evening. Vienna
But as we could only find a room with near 200Euros for the night, we decided to stay just north of the city where the accommodation was less expensive and gave us a traditional feeling.