Lenny's long trek south

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Prices of what?

Greek food, salads OK main courses so far a bit crap.
lntrestingly beer and wine same price in restaurants & bars as in shops.
Local wine quite drinkable needn't have stocked up with Italian wine.

The boss won't let me post photos of her in the hot springs most of the other ones are of old rocks and been stuck in the van for 2 days, see if I can find some tomorrow half past midnight here going to bed,
 

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food and drink....fuel, campsites whatever really...... (I know you wont be using many)
 
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Beer €3 for 500 ml sometimes draught cheaper, wine varies as normal but cheap local stuff €3 for 250 ml, shop prices the same. Food, starter salads (often huge) €3-€6, main courses €6-€15, a lot of fish priced by kilo up to €50/kilo not risked that, gone for fixed price on menu.
Fuel €1.08 - €1.12 & no problems with supply, LPG plentiful not needed it yet, topped up in Italy.
Camp site we are on €16 (3 nights here has blown our years budget) same price ACSI or not another ten quid wasted.
Difficult finding food most of the small towns and villages only have bars & cafes dozens of them but no food shops.
 

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Thanks Len I'm sure its not just me who is interested in the practicalities of a trip...have fun:)
 

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Hope you have umbrellas..just watched Euro weather report and Greece looks very stormy. East side looks like it has half a chance...
 

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Thanks for the pictures. The weather looks a bit iffy in Greece for the next day or so but should be better next week. The sun has finally made an appearance here in Brittany after a long absence!
 
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Thanks for the pictures. The weather looks a bit iffy in Greece for the next day or so but should be better next week. The sun has finally made an appearance here in Brittany after a long absence!
We have been in the mountains weather has been mostly crap for a week now on the west coast 21° an some sun. Greece's worst weather for a hindered years had one day at 12°. First time had a decent internet connection for a week, will try & do an update on our travels
, still recovering from walking up Mount Olympus, made it to second high test peak 9,550 ft, took two days second day on the mountain for over 12 hours.
 

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We have been in the mountains weather has been mostly crap for a week now on the west coast 21° an some sun. Greece's worst weather for a hindered years had one day at 12°. First time had a decent internet connection for a week, will try & do an update on our travels
, still recovering from walking up Mount Olympus, made it to second high test peak 9,550 ft, took two days second day on the mountain for over 12 hours.
Thought you were on holiday... Sounds more like SAS training:(
 
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Just got moved on from the beach, had to go to a site - yuck.
Wouldn't mind so much but they haven't even got a washing machine & a bit scruffy.
Again same price with or without ACSI, it's also same if you don't want EHU.
ACSI appears to be a waste of time these days.
 
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First decent internet connection for over a week.

Thur (24nd) Went for a drive around the Pelion Peninsular, the main road was pretty hairy with the side washed away in a few places by the storms so we didn’t venture down the small roads to the beaches and villages, then we set off north, stopped the night on the beach at Paralia Kato Sotiritsa.

Fri., carried on north. Trying to find food shops in Greece is a bit of a nightmare, did a couple small shops then discovered a Lidl, but trying to get to it was another story, forced onto the motorway by roadworks as the junction we wanted was closed off, had to pay €5 toll then drive for 5 km, then come all the way back on normal roads.
Visited some more old rocks at Dion, not that well restored, but impressive by the sheer area they covered, a complete Greek/Roman town (started as Greek, rebuilt by the Romans), takes 2-3 hours to walk round. For the night found a large car park by the beach at the end of Olympic Beach, nice seaside town with long sandy beaches.

Paralia Kato Sotiritsa.
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A few km north of Paralia Kato Sotiritsa.
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Reliving old times.
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Old rocks at Dion.
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Locals at Dion
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Olympic Beach.
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Next day headed towards the Mount Olympus range, tried one of the roads to the smaller peaks, gave up after the 3rd hairpin 1 in 3 slopes with front wheels scrabbling for grip on damp surface, went back to original plan and headed for the Prionia car park for the start of our walk. The road was quite good except for the last half Km which was very scary, drove most of the road in low cloud & rain. When we arrived raining very heavy so sat it out for the night.

Started our walk when the weather cleared about 11 am Sunday morning, took us 4 hours to the refuge, low cloud all the way. Spent the night at the refuge, up early next morning and started our walk to the peaks just after 8 am, a nice clear day. Made it to the top of Mount Scala 9,403 ft by 12:30, a long hard slog up very steep slopes, looked across to Mytikas (tallest peak) and said No Way, too technical for us, really need climbing experience. Carried on to the top of Mount Skolio, the 2nd tallest peak 9,550 ft. Had a rest & lunch then started the long trek down at 2pm. Arrived back at the refuge at 4:45 a short break and onward down, had to do the last hour in pitch black with torches oh boy at times like this you are glad you have a Satmap with 1:25000 scale maps, expensive bit of kit but worth every penny at times like this.

Finally made it back to the van at 8:45 pm, beer, cake & banana then bed at 9:30, too knackered to bother with dinner.
When I took my boots off my sore big toe from the decent was a bit worse for wear, swollen, bleeding around and under nail, nail had pushed back into cuticle, if it doesn’t improve may need the hot needle treatment.

Think we had pushed ourselves to our absolute limit, nice to do occasionally, not too often though.
Arose late next morning, both of us could hardly move our legs due to muscle pains.

Scary road

This shows how steep the climb was, note trees are vertical.
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Next day headed towards the Mount Olympus range, tried one of the roads to the smaller peaks, gave up after the 3rd hairpin 1 in 3 slopes with front wheels scrabbling for grip on damp surface, went back to original plan and headed for the Prionia car park for the start of our walk. The road was quite good except for the last half Km which was very scary, drove most of the road in low cloud & rain. When we arrived raining very heavy so sat it out for the night.

Started our walk when the weather cleared about 11 am Sunday morning, took us 4 hours to the refuge, low cloud all the way. Spent the night at the refuge, up early next morning and started our walk to the peaks just after 8 am, a nice clear day. Made it to the top of Mount Scala 9,403 ft by 12:30, a long hard slog up very steep slopes, looked across to Mytikas (tallest peak) and said No Way, too technical for us, really need climbing experience. Carried on to the top of Mount Skolio, the 2nd tallest peak 9,550 ft. Had a rest & lunch then started the long trek down at 2pm. Arrived back at the refuge at 4:45 a short break and onward down, had to do the last hour in pitch black with torches oh boy at times like this you are glad you have a Satmap with 1:25000 scale maps, expensive bit of kit but worth every penny at times like this.

Finally made it back to the van at 8:45 pm, beer, cake & banana then bed at 9:30, too knackered to bother with dinner.
When I took my boots off my sore big toe from the decent was a bit worse for wear, swollen, bleeding around and under nail, nail had pushed back into cuticle, if it doesn’t improve may need the hot needle treatment.

Think we had pushed ourselves to our absolute limit, nice to do occasionally, not too often though.
Arose late next morning, both of us could hardly move our legs due to muscle pains.

Scary road
Well done, looks a lovely walk and well worth it when you top out
Another good mountain bagged and looking at the pics well worth the hard graft(y)
 
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Tues 27th, after hobbling about trying to get our legs working it’s time to leave Mount Olympus and Macedonia. Since leaving the Pelion Peninsular we have only seen two other Motorhomes; a French one in Lidl car park, turned out to be an English couple in it & a German one here on Mount Olympus. Most of the holiday makers in Macedonia are Serbian or Romanian.

We headed off west towards The Meteora in a basking 12 degrees, lovely drive on good roads across the mountains with some more spectacular scenery. Arrived at Kalambáka late afternoon and now 15 deg. Headed for Taverna Arsenis on the road to the monasteries. When we arrived t was low cloud and raining. The chap there said you can stay for free, would you like a home cooked meal by my mama, only €10 each. Seemed fair enough.

Next morning did not set off until after midday waiting for bad weather and our aches & pains to clear up neither of which happened. Visited the Great Metereon Monastery in the rain, after a late lunch had a drive round the area then decided to go back to the Taverena for the night. He was quite happy for us to park without having a meal but to be polite I bought a bottle of wine & beer. Forecast said weather would be better tomorrow, they were lying although it was a bit warmer (18). Visited one of the smaller monasteries in the rain.

We now headed off west taking the motorway to avoid a long detour around the mountains. Mid afternoon arrived at the ancient theatre of Dodoni. Now we were partly out of the mountains temperature improved to 22 and we had a pleasant stroll round.
Late afternoon now back on the motorway heading for the coast, an hour later arrived at Igoumenítsa. Found a lovely sandy beach a few miles up the road with a few campers parked up (listed in CCI). Unfortunately were moved on while in the middle of cooking dinner. I was impressed by the polite and friendly manner of the police. Our own fault really, hadn’t noticed there was a campsite about half a mile away, so we moved to the scruffy campsite.

We came to Greece for a warm autumn break, the first few days were a pleasant 34 – 35 deg., since then Greece has thrown at us it’s worst storms for a 100 years and we have experienced our worst holiday weather for over 20 years.
Now moving down to the Peloponnese, the forecast looking a bit better, temperatures supposed to increase to 25/26 over the next few days, should be able to take our jumpers off, was hoping for some warmer weather.

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Yes I think that quite enough old rocks for one trip... Get down to Stoupa area weather looks far better!:)

Eddie
 
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Bl**dy rubbish Banner batteries, reported on "what did you fix today" a few days ago that one of the Banner AGM batteries was going down under load and pulling the other one down with, had taken it out of circuit.Last night after midnight when Mi turned on a tap, we get a low volt warning and EB cuts out. Looks like both batteries, have had it, connected other battery back in circuit & got some volts now.

I have 3 options.
1) visit Hymer dealer in Athens, but not on our route.
2) buy new batteries locally and hope Hymer pay up.
3) hope we can get by and call in at Bad Walsee on the way home.
No.3 is the prefered option, I will email Hymer and see what their reaction is.
 
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